Oops. Make that ash tray cover. Not the first mistake of 2017—or the last.
Thanks to all that responded. The thread was informative. I was not aware that the ’64 4-speed was marginally-strong and I had read that it was available on ram-engined cars. One would think Chrysler had learned from the 1960 Pont-a-Mousson tranny. That said, the tranny behind the 360 HP single four-barrel engine would be expected to perform well if not abused or used for racing. There are also some published Chrysler spec’s that indicate the hemi was available in the Chrysler chassis in 1964 but there seems to be no evidence that ever happened. Now wondering what four-speed Chrysler furnished on hemi Dodges & Plymouths.
In the ‘60’s I had owned a poor-man’s 300G—a ’61 Newport HT with three on the floor. It looked similar but was not much fun driving on hilly and sometimes slick Omaha streets. But, it never failed behind that storming 361 two-pot. The clutch did not like stop and go city driving. Over the years, I had lunched tranny’s in Fords, a Studebaker, a Buick, and an Olds 88. The only trannys that held up well, beside the Chrysler 3-speed, were in a VW Karmann Ghia, Corvair Monzas, Omni, Horizon, Jeep and a TR-6.
Separate point. It was also interesting to read about the leaded-in dashes in the pre-‘63 console cars. I note that the console in our ’64 300K kicks up a little sooner, is wider and Is designed to just cover the opening where the ash tray would be installed. Hard to tell which was the least expensive fix to adjust for moving the ash tray from the lower portion of the dash to the flat part of the console. And all that so as to display the tach or “Performance Gauge” in such a handy spot.
Tying the two subjects together, it was disappointing to me not to have the four-speed shifter sticking up through the ’64 console. Having it project through the side of the tunnel reminded me of the antique cars with brake handles and shifters outside the cockpits.
Day three and I’ve already learned a few things. Forward Looking to accumulating more CEU’s from you guys.
T-10 or 833?
Posted by: "Rich Barber" <c300@xxxxxxx>
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