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1952 chevy

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by whatever, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. whatever
    Joined: Oct 27, 2006
    Posts: 116


    i have a 52 chevy 2 door 216 3 speed that is geared like a sherman tank it cruises at 50 mph motor is just humming can you order differnt gears or what differnt gear options were there back in the day i like the car alot but feel guilty driving it everyday hearing that motor reving like that any help would be great thanks Don
  2. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,548

    from California

    3 speeds have 4.11 gears, I'm pretty sure powerglide cars have 3:55.

    there was overdrives available for these cars (3 speed ) though they are pretty rare
  3. oilslinger53
    Joined: Apr 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,475

    from covina CA

    yes, you can put a rear out of a 49-54 that was equipped auto and you'll go faster. patrick dykes sells gears for em too 3:55-1, but they aint cheap!
  4. 53sled
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 5,820

    from KCMO

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  5. greasy50chevy
    Joined: Dec 24, 2008
    Posts: 547


    powerglides are a little better
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,659


    run taller tires. my 216 and 3spd will run down the road between 65/70 but its working hard.
  7. Grumpy
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,565

    from NE Ohio

    My old 51 hardtop with the stock 216, 3spd would run 65-70mph all day with 205/75/15 tires. It was screaming, but I couldnt get it to miss a beat.
    Maybe I just had a good one.

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  8. Shadetree
    Joined: Feb 7, 2003
    Posts: 243

    from Va USA

    Like has already been said, the complete powerglide torque tube rear, is the easiest way to go. And is a easy drop in swap.
    And like DRUGASM said I run taller tires on the rear also, to help a little.
    But these old splash oilers, will take a lot more, than most people, will give them credit for. Just keep them full of oil, at all times, and where I live in a mountainous area, I sometimes keep mine a quart over full.

  9. whatever
    Joined: Oct 27, 2006
    Posts: 116


    Thanks guys, i have a tall tires on the back, mine will go 70 if you wind it up but it likes to cruise at 50 thanks again
  10. Kev Nemo
    Joined: Aug 7, 2004
    Posts: 2,453

    Kev Nemo

    drop a 350 or 327 in it and you'll never have to here it rev like that again.:D

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