Option Code 281 Transmission Overdrive?
Indigo Lucifer
Posted 2019-05-05 12:26 PM (#581810)
Subject: Option Code 281 Transmission Overdrive?



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Was Overdrive ever offered on the Borg Warner Option Code 281 Manual Racing Transmission? If so I'm guessing it used an R-11 configuration for heavy duty use?
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58coupe
Posted 2019-05-05 8:55 PM (#581835 - in reply to #581810)
Subject: Re: Option Code 281 Transmission Overdrive?



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Not sure what year you are referring to. If you mean the B/W T-85 trans. used in 1960 and also in 62-63, Chrysler never offered O/D with this. But, Ford used this trans. with O/D for many years. Of course it would be built to their specs. as to input shaft, bolt pattern,etc. I have never confirmed this but I suspect the Dodges and Plymouth with the T-85 may have used the same bolt pattern case as the Fords but with a different input shaft.
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Indigo Lucifer
Posted 2019-05-05 9:54 PM (#581839 - in reply to #581835)
Subject: Re: Option Code 281 Transmission Overdrive?



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58coupe - 2019-05-05 8:55 PM

Not sure what year you are referring to. If you mean the B/W T-85 trans. used in 1960 and also in 62-63, Chrysler never offered O/D with this. But, Ford used this trans. with O/D for many years. Of course it would be built to their specs. as to input shaft, bolt pattern,etc. I have never confirmed this but I suspect the Dodges and Plymouth with the T-85 may have used the same bolt pattern case as the Fords but with a different input shaft.


For the 1961 Chrysler 300g.
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57chizler
Posted 2019-05-06 3:02 PM (#581869 - in reply to #581839)
Subject: Re: Option Code 281 Transmission Overdrive?



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A quick scan of the '61 factory parts catalog shows no OD transmissions in any model.
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R41HP
Posted 2019-07-13 1:37 AM (#584753 - in reply to #581810)
Subject: Re: Option Code 281 Transmission Overdrive?


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The 281 code three-speed manual for the 1961 Chrysler and 300G was a new-for-1961 Chrysler-made Heavy Duty transmission, not Borg Warner and not with overdrive. Where did you see it called a Racing transmission? Yes it was in the beach cars, but the same trans was available in a Newport.
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