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RE: [oletrucks] the need for speed

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Subject: RE: [oletrucks] the need for speed
From: "Ralph Linnell" <chevysix@seatac.net>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 14:41:08 -0700
I ran the same 4-speed overdrive, that Jack has, behind my Inline 261. I
loved it for all the same reasons. I could drive around town in 3rd or 4th
gear with out shifting down and yet when I hit the highways and byways, I
could flip the switch and watch the RPM's drop by 30%. When I put in the new
261, I put a 700R4 behind it and I get the same benefit except I don't have
to flip anything, this tranny automatically goes into overdrive at 37 miles
per hour and with a 3.90 rear end the engine is turning 2250 at 65 MPH. Love
it when I am cruising down the freeway at 70 to 75 and have all these people
give me the 2nd look.

Ralph Linnell

Membership Chairman Inliners International


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-oletrucks@autox.team.net
[mailto:owner-oletrucks@autox.team.net]On Behalf Of Grant Galbraith
Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2000 2:15 PM
To: Jack Halton
Cc: Steve Parham; oletrucks@autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] the need for speed

  I share Jack's enthusiasm for OD tranny's. I like the low rear ratio for
torque and feel that going to a higher ratio' can be a compromise- trading
low end driveability for top end  and not getting the best of either. This
can be more noticeable with a six than if you're running a 300 plus HP
   Since you're running a TH 350 now another option is a 700-R4 or similar
OD auto if auto's are your preference.

50 Chevy 3100
52 GMC 150

Jack Halton wrote:

> I have been using overdrive transmissions for years and they have a big
advantage in that you can keep the 3.90 for torque but drop to 2.73 on the
highway when cruising with no load.
> The 5 and 6 speed trannies common today have up to .50 top gear for which
we can probably thank EPA/CAFE/OPEC so the net result is the same or better,
but these trannies are rather costly in most cases and present some problems
in adapting to old trucks..
> The Borg-Warner and Saginaw overdrives from the 50's and 60's are
relatively inexpensive, adapt pretty easily to the truck drivetrains, and
are what I call a "true" overdrive in that they use a solenoid-engaged
planetary gearset, a free wheeling clutch, speed governor to prevent damage
from engaging at too low a speed, and a kickdown for passing. The nice
little extras with these units are clutchless shifting and free wheeling.
> Downside to this type of OD is that they are pretty much swap meet items
these days and parts can be tough to find.
> www.Chevytrucks.org has a HRM '75 reprint discussing the Saginaw OD
4-speed conversion. This is what I use in my old truck and I highly
recommend it.
> ------Original Message------
> From: Steve Parham <thebttmline@yahoo.com>
> To: oletrucks@autox.team.net
> Sent: May 9, 2000 5:09:10 PM GMT
> Subject: [oletrucks] the need for speed
> Hi all!
> I've been browsing the archives and it appears
> that most folks obtain higher highway speeds by
> replacing the rear end - replacing the standard
> 3.90 gears.  This is what I've been planning to
> do also, but before I do I was also wanting to
> consider keeping the 3.90 gears and adding
> overdrive.  My transmission was replaced with an
> automatic (350) by a previous owner.
> To say I'm an amateur mechanic is probably an
> overstatement.  This truck is an education for
> me - (one which I'm thoroughly enjoying).  I was
> hoping someone could give me some of the pros and
> cons of a new rear end vs. overdrive to help me
> with this decision.
> This truck will become my daily driver.  The highway
> speed limit here is 70 mph.  I just want to be able
> to cruise comfortably at 80 so I can go with the flow.
> Thanks for your help,
> Steve
>        __
>   _____|L\___    Steve Parham
>  (_,._____,._)   55 3100 1st
> ---`'-----`'--   Knoxville, TN
> oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959
> Jack Halton
> 51 GMC 1/2 ton
> Winter Park FL
> oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959

oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959

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