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dearborn transmission.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mysteryman, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. mysteryman
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
    Posts: 253

    from atlanta

    i picked up a manual trans. supposely came out of old old pontiac or buick??? put it in chevelle had to modify bellhousing bolt holes. everything worked fine.transmission said FORD on it.someone said its a toploader???used behind the 455's since they had so much torque.they said they called it a dearborn.??does this sound true??
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  2. Gm didn't offer a 3-speed that would stand up to the torque rating of the higher HP V-8s. So they chose a Dearborn"FORD" trans. All the more reason to order a 4 speed. BTW Most Chevy V-8s of that era didn't need a Heavy Duty trans Whats that tell ya??? Muncie did make a 3 speed but it was light duty. Saginaw was the norm for all other 3-speed applications.
  3. chubbie
    Joined: Jan 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,316


    the dearborn transmission was a heavy duty 3 speed option in the BOP GM cars that was sincronized in all 3 gears. I think GM's first 3 speed sincro trans was in 1968??
  4. 73RR
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 6,604


    1966. I used one in a 55 Poncho way back in '67 or so.

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  5. Kentuckian
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 759


    The first time I saw a Ford transmission in a Pontiac was in 1968. I was working in a gas station and was doing an oil change on a 1967 GTO. When I went to pull the side plug on the 3-speed transmission to check the fluid level I noticed it was a Top Loader Ford. Later that night I told my buddies what I had seen and no one believed me.
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  6. CutawayAl
    Joined: Aug 3, 2009
    Posts: 2,144

    from MI

    That 3-speed Ford trans was really tough. Because it wasn't as cool as a 4-speed hot rodders mostly ignored it.

    There was also a time when Ford used GM transmissions. '50s Lincolns had Hydra-Matic transmissions. The Lincoln units had a different color ID tag than the ones used in GM cars. Rolls-Royce used Hydra-Matics for a number of years too.
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