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3 speed - 4speed = dif. in ET'S ??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by sewanhaka62, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. sewanhaka62
    Joined: Mar 13, 2009
    Posts: 24


    hi back in the days in stock class drag racing .. 4 speed trans were preferred over 3 speeds [ standard trans.] .. what was the difference in ET'S if every thing was the same except for trans .. both close ratio
    .. thanks bob
  2. Twisted6
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 490


    Not sure on the std. swaps But when i swaped out my PG for a std 3 speed I went from a mid 18s to mid 17s on a stock motor.
  3. Probably worth at least 1/2 a second...even with the extra shift. The idea is to keep the engine's RPM's in the power band as long as possible.
  4. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,233


    Was thread about 5-speeds and Nailheads last week. One guy said the GS 455 (I know it's not a Nailhead) went faster with a 3-speed than a 4-speed. Had to do with all the torque of the 455 made 4 gears just one more unneeded shift. Most cars probably do run faster w/ a 4speed, for the reason Rich said. After all, if it was good enough for Ronnie Sox...
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  5. xderelict
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 2,477

    Member Emeritus

    Back in high school,67 or so, we use to beat up on the new super sport chevy 4 speeds with old 3 speed syncro fords in a rusted out 56 t-bird.We also were tradeing out shelled trannys once a week.I'm truly a chevy guy but that extra shift left a lot of chevys in the dust.
  6. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,559

    from Garner, NC

    Yep, if it's a torque monster with a flat curve then the 3 speed has been known to be quicker...

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