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From: Joseph Sokola
Date: May 29, 2001
I am new to this, but I found this site via a web search, so I'll post a question I have here. I am in the process of purchasing a 1956 Chrysler Imperial (2 door). It was produced late in the production year, so has a torqueflite transmission (5 push buttons). It has been garaged and not used for 20 to 30 years. It started ok, but naturally needs a lot of typical maintenance and cleaning up. There is one problem, though, which I hope to find the solution to here. The transmission appears to be locked up, so it can't be pushed or rolled. Is it likely that the problem is with the transmission itself, or with the push button system? I am beginning to be inclined to believe it is the latter. How exactly do these buttons control the shifting of the transmission? Is there anything I can look for to try and diagnose this problem to something more specific? I will be happy to receive any responses to this message. Thank you.
Joseph Sokola Colorado, USA