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  • 59 Studebaker push-button trans?

    I saw an ad for a '59 Studebaker sedan with a flathead 6 and pushbutton trans. Does this exist? Did Stude do pushbuttons?

  • #2
    nope


    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

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    • #3
      Some kind of Chrysler product, '59 Plymouths had flatheads.

      StudeRich
      Studebakers Northwest
      Ferndale, WA
      StudeRich
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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      • #4
        Didn't 58-59 Mercs have pushbutton transmissions? I think my parents had one.

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        • #5
          As did late 50's early 60's Ramblers; seems like those were grouped in a square or quadrant, where as the 60's Chrysler products ran in a line from top to bottom, with a sliding lever for Park.

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          • #6
            59 - 60 Rambler Americans had normal shift handles coming out of a boss in the dash.
            Actually it just looked like it was coming from the dash. It came from the steeing mast just like most other cars, just a bit lower on the mast. Kind of'a 60's version of that artsy type stuff. Actually kinda cool for an early 60's Rambler!

            I've got two of those Chrysler push button mechanisms. Dieing to put one into something. Maybe into the 55 Conestoga when I get it running!?

            Mike

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            • #7
              AMC bought PowerFlite transmissions from Chrysler and they operated the same way with the same dash controls. I don't know how Ford's stuff operated, though they called their's 'Tele-Touch'. This was used on Edsels in '58, and in some Mercury models like the Turnpike Cruiser, in '58 and '59.

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              Tom - Valrico, FL

              1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $1794.98)

              Tom - Bradenton, FL

              1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
              1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

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              • #8
                Thats right,
                My parents had a Merc. Turnpike cruiser with the 400+ cid engine, and that was a neat stationwagon.

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                • #9
                  Ramblers DID have PB quadrants on the dash in certain year big AMCs - fact is, I still have some parts for such around here. And they didn't get their auto trannys from Chrysler until the late 60s. Prior to that they used the same, basic Borg-Warner trannies that Stude used from 56-on. Rambler called them Flash-o-matics. I'm hazy on recollection now, but I KNOW there's a couple of years Flash-o's that you can bolt up to a Stude BH (with minor mods I believe) to get 1st gear start.
                  One thing different was that Rambler employed the aluminum T-35 tranny behind their 6s a couple of years before Stude did. Heh - some of the "facts" here are similar in integrity to ones we chuckle about that some auto geniuses float about Studebakers![xx(]

                  OH - what about the Packards and Edsels with their electrically actuated shifter ties to push-button switches - some in the steering wheel hub![8]

                  Miscreant adrift in
                  the BerStuda Triangle


                  1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                  1960 Larkvertible V8
                  1958 Provincial wagon
                  1953 Commander coupe

                  No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                  • #10
                    The Edsel's TeleTouch system was so bad that Ford dumped it after only 2 years' use. There's a Wikipedia entry on it:

                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teletouch


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                    Clark in San Diego
                    '63 F2/Lark Standard
                    http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
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                    Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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                    • #11
                      Seems to my recollection the Chrysler pushbutton was all mechanical, and of admirable design. The Ford version was electrical, and a circuit short could throw it in to any gear at any time. This was especially prevelant when the push buttons were mounted in the center of the steering wheel!

                      Brad Johnson
                      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                      '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
                      "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                      Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                      '33 Rockne 10,
                      '51 Commander Starlight,
                      '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
                      '56 Sky Hawk

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                      • #12
                        Okay, in the hope of solving the puzzle, I drove out to the country to look at the "1959 Studabaker", and it was actually a 1959 Rambler Super. And it was an OHV 6, not a flathead. But it was kinda' cool anyway.

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                        • #13
                          Did this car have NO identification whatsoever? No big "RAMBLER" on the hood? No cursive "R" on the horn button? No Weather Eye? What in the world would lead anyone who could read to believe such a car was a Studebaker????!


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                          Clark in San Diego
                          '63 F2/Lark Standard
                          http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
                          www.studebakersandiego.com

                          Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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                          • #14
                            quote: The Edsel's TeleTouch system was so bad that Ford dumped it after only 2 years' use. There's a Wikipedia entry on it:
                            Actually Edsel only used it for one (model)year...1958. The 59 Edsel had a regular shift lever.



                            Leonard Shepherd
                            http://leonardshepherd.com/

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                            • #15
                              I believe my 63 Dodge Polara was the last year for Dodge.
                              People just didn't accept them.....or so the story goes!


                              Sue Ellen 1964 Daytona
                              glen Brose
                              Tumbleweed Flats, AZ

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