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garwil wrote at 2013-06-12 15:42:01
When most transmissions were three speed, the column shift allowed full use of the front bench seat. Someone could sit in the middle front seat without straddling the stick shift. It was also considered to be more genteel than a stick on the floor. (Work trucks had stick shifts, but family cars/pickups had column shift) However, three speed gears are not enough for real efficient operation at modern highway speeds. Either the low gear is to high, or the high gear is to low.


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Heretofore, I will NOT answer any mechanical question. I am not qualified and can only offer speculations. You are better served by others that are true Techs. With that being said, please only ask about parts and locating obsolete Auto Parts. Thank you. I have the ability to locate quite a few mechanical parts for American made vehicles fron the 1900`s to present. Some are OEM and some are aftermarket. This would include engine, brake and chassis parts. Body parts and trim are VERY difficult to find but you may inquire. If you need assistance in repair, I have illustrated books for major American manufacturers that show some illustrations BEFORE 1974. If needed, I can supply repair manuals for your specific vehicle. PLEASE REMEBER I'M A PARTS SPECIALIST, NOT A TECH!! Thank you.. Skip


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