Thanks, Don - I communicated with Dave on the linkage the other day :-).
Re Transmissions: My '56 Golden Hawk (with the Packard 352) has the BW T-85 with overdrive and 3.92 gears. I had a '57 years ago that also had the same trans (engine was the Stude 289 w/ MCulloch blower.) Great transmissions. I did think they used them in early Max Wedge cars.
Oh, and my K does have the Ram exhaust headers - those things are a marvel of cast iron engineering.
From: Don Cole mr300k@xxxxxxxxx [Chrysler300]
Sent: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 11:51 AM
To: John Grady
Reply To: Don Cole
Cc: Rich Barber; Val Jeffers; Chrysler300@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [Chrysler300] 300H dual quad linkage
4 speed not available in RAM-K. Sorry to say. Some individuals made what the factory didn't! If you need linkage contact Dave Dumais. He had an H intake on his 4-speed K!!
Passed everything but a gas station!
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I do not think that is right? Even if in book? ….the BW- T10 (possible only choice?) was way too weak for big hi performance hi RPM RB blocks; GM used it in 61, 421 Pontiacs constantly stripped the input shaft gears. I think it was developed for 283/327 corvette app, where I first saw it. ? 59 or 60? Chrysler’s 3 spd was a pin syncro, sorry to say ,= garbage shifts., pins break off if you shift fast, , fall into mesh , violently blow it up...Bulletproof Packard trans had right design cone syncro in early 30’s , must be NIH-- ??? why Chrysler stuck with known bad Mopar approach on new HD 3 spd trans in 61, same bad design as pre 61 on syncros**. . . But some early / mid 60’s 383 came with T 10—which has a good cone syncro. (till it wears out) All though this period the Ford BW- T85 “police car “ gear box was available, was really tough, came with OD too. 57 up, at least . I vaguely remember some max wedge did that , to get away from “new” 3 spd Chrysler dog trans ? Chrysler seemed not to want to use anything from BW, maybe because TF was so much better than BW automatics it really hurt BW? Tension? As mentioned before here , first 727 got into 12’s at nationals , in big heavy Chrysler 300 ---that was it for GM. Not a single GM 4 spd did better than the HRM special 727 300 with Ray Brock driving. Asleep at line , he lost in final to a slower time. 300 with 4;56 and a insane ~ 294 degree cam.
I do not know when 833 came out , late 60”s or maybe with Hemi? Would have needed it at Nascar. ? 64, overlap with ram 300K ? possible??…But I never heard of one .Don Cole would know..I think even L had only a T10, but lower HP, non race app too.
Interesting stuff. A ram K and 833 4 speed in 64 would be one hell of a setup….??? Faster than “similar thinking” 4spd F.
** I blew up about 20 of them in 1960-61 racing a stick 57 D500. So know from where I speak. Dog. Fast 1-2 shift = boom. 15$ each at junkyard (unless Sunday afternoon) . Change in 20 minutes at end.
Yes. The four-speed manual transmission was originally an option on all 300’s except the 300K’s with the 390 HP dual-quad engine (http://www.jholst.net/tech-manual/option-price.pdf). Later (?) made available on K’s with the 390 HP dual-quad engine, also. http://www.jholst.net/64-supplement/supplement.pdf (Pages 51 & 52). Spec’s call for the same differential ratio of 3.23. I don’t recall how much horsepower was lost in the torque converter, but the manual transmission should have put more power to the road and achieved somewhat better fuel economy.
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