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Powerflite
Posted 2019-10-02 2:58 PM (#588321 - in reply to #487183)
Subject: Re: 1960 Plymouth Belvedere



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I saw it there, but I'm not familiar with this setup, so that's why I asked. I haven't been around these newer vehicles much at all.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2019-10-03 10:10 PM (#588374 - in reply to #487183)
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Drove the car again today, won't be many days to do so this year. So far it's good.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2019-10-24 1:59 PM (#589185 - in reply to #588374)
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Finished my 2.94 gear install last night, just need to clean up the garage and then test drive. Below are my final ratios with % drop from previous gear:

AX15 with 2.94 gears
1st = 3.83 x 2.94 = 11.26
2nd = 2.33 x 2.94 = 6.85 (39% drop)
3rd = 1.44 x 2.94 = 4.23 (38% drop)
4th = 1.00 x 2.94 = 2.94 (30% drop)
5th = 0.79 x 2.94 = 2.32 (21% drop)


A833 with 3.31 gears
1st = 3.09 x 3.31 = 10.23
2nd = 1.69 x 3.31 = 5.59 (45% drop)
3rd = 1.00 x 3.31 = 3.31 (41% drop)
4th = 0.73 x 3.31 = 2.42 (27% drop)

Edited by jboymechanic 2019-10-24 2:26 PM
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Powerflite
Posted 2019-10-24 3:26 PM (#589194 - in reply to #487183)
Subject: Re: 1960 Plymouth Belvedere



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That final ratio sounds about right, I think you'll be happy with it. My '70 Satellite wagon has a strong running 318 with 4bbl, Dakota dual exhaust & 700R4. I started with a 2.94 gear in it after I made the overdrive conversion, giving me a 2.05 final ratio (the 700R4 4th gear is .696:1). I found that the car would bog going over significant freeway hills near me with these gears. I had to raise the rpm up a little to make it work well. So I installed 3.23 gears into it to give me a final ratio of 2.30. That's a really nice ratio for running on the freeway and you are set right about where mine is.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2019-10-25 11:41 PM (#589290 - in reply to #487183)
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Went for a 50 mile drive today, by far the longest since installing the 5 speed. All seems well and I really like the new gear set much better. Plenty of torque from the old 318 to cruise at 60 mph at 1800 RPM. 1st is still short, but much better than it was with the 3.31 gears. Fun to drive, the 5 speed just shifts so much better than the old 4 speed, really happy I made the change.

Unfortunately, there is snow in the forecast for next week, so car is going into storage for the winter. Still really happy I was able to get the windshield, trans and gears in the car this season.





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60 Imp
Posted 2019-10-26 8:29 AM (#589302 - in reply to #487183)
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Dont forget you done the power steering too, nice work Jon. You've made a neat customized Plymouth. Hows the Imperial going?

Steve.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2019-10-29 12:03 AM (#589457 - in reply to #487183)
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Hey, I did forget about the power steering, guess I was pretty busy on this car this year. I still really need to rebuild the suspension (front and rear) and steering linkages, get my seat finished and hang my good driver door and fender and this car will be about a far as I plan on taking it.

Not much happening with the Imperial, unfortunately. I need to take it to a respectable shop and pay to have it finished as I really don't have the patience or the skill to properly finish the car, I'm just so afraid to mess it up. The other issue is cost, everything is so expensive. I'll have more into wire wheels and tires than I will in buying, shipping and getting my '61 Plymouth on the road. But, I have promised myself that I will make more progress again this winter as it is the only vintage car that stays in the heated garage over the winter season. Stay tuned.

Edited by jboymechanic 2019-10-29 12:05 AM
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