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Hot Rods Hydra-Matic

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Steve Cramer, May 23, 2019.

  1. Steve Cramer
    Joined: May 23, 2019
    Posts: 3

    Steve Cramer

    I’ve acquired a1954 Kaiser Darrin with a 1956 324 Olds 98 engine and Hydra-Matic. The tranny serial number starts with 0-56. According to my Olds manual, this indicates a Jetaway which was new for ‘56 but the floorshifter only moves to four detents. This would indicate a regular Hydra-Matic according to my research. With the pan off, I can see a detent on each end of the four detents that the linkage currently engages but the shift lever touches the fiberglass floorboard disallowing the pin to engage these two detents. The PO ran it like this from 1963, when he bought the car, until 1970 when he parked it. Maybe I shouls leave well enough alone. Any thoughts? Thanks, Steve
  2. Rckt98
    Joined: Jun 7, 2005
    Posts: 841


    The Jetaway has a flat pan, the hydro has a side pan.
    The jetaway gets rubbished but they aren't that bad a transmission, pricey to rebuild though.
  3. dan griffin
    Joined: Dec 25, 2009
    Posts: 416

    dan griffin

    If it has park it's a slide A way if you have to pull the lever down it's a hydro.
  4. What does a 54 Darrin look like? Pics would be nice.
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  5. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 5,434


    It was Kaisers version of a sports car.
  6. Poncho60
    Joined: Jan 23, 2011
    Posts: 188

    from N Illinois

    What is a slide A way?
  7. A slide away is slang for Jetaway
  8. 1956 up Jetaway, single bottom pan 1946-56 Hydramatic a side pan and a bottom pan
    O56 Jetaway R54 1954 DR HM, R55 a 1955 or 1956 Dual Range Hydramatic. - See my avatar, a Hydramatic cutaway
  9. Steve Cramer
    Joined: May 23, 2019
    Posts: 3

    Steve Cramer

    51C57106-AFB7-4A2E-B529-F21A50EF975B.jpeg F6C60B31-93C1-4B46-8103-EC86190F109E.jpeg
    Here is our Darrin on the lift in our shop. My original post suggested that only 4 of the 6 detents were being used due to limited travel of the shifter. The first photo shows the detent bracket. Am I missing something? Steve
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  10. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 1,555


    That's an incredible find! Is the Olds/auto the original engine or was it swapped in? I understand they came with several different combinations.
    At last year's Ironstone Concourse we were parked next to the Kaiser Group, two Darrins showed up, both white with red interiors. Very cool cars.
  11. No Kaisers including Darrins ever came with a V8
  12. Steve Cramer
    Joined: May 23, 2019
    Posts: 3

    Steve Cramer

    Carl is correct except about six that Dutch Darrin sold with Cadillac V8’s after Kaiser went belly up. Our Darrin had the Olds installed sometime before 1963 and it is a really cobbled up affair. We got it from a garage in the Sierra Nevada foothills in north-eastern California where it had sat since 1970. Steve
  13. Bird man
    Joined: Dec 28, 2009
    Posts: 417

    Bird man
    from Milwaukee

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