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Old 04-01-2012, 10:41 PM
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4 speed hydro/stick

just wondering how many of you old tranny guys are still out there built alot of those back in the day it was the first hp.drag automatic

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just wondering how many of you old tranny guys are still out there built alot of those back in the day it was the first hp.drag automatic
I think your best bet would be to contact B&M, as I believe they built/sold more hydro/sticks than anyone back in the day.
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^^ What he said
Also: Art Carr restored a friend's pushbutton modified 727 in the early 2000s. Im not sure where he is or even if hes associated with Art Carr Trans anymore...someone else may have more info
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i didnt make the post clear.i built alot of them, was wondering if anyone else on here messed around with them.
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It's been a very long time since I even looked at one. Back in the early 60's there was a book by "Hyro-Motive" that had about every spec available and most of the modifications that really worked. This was great for us back yard guys. I only did a few of the trans as if you did them right they rarely failed.

The gasser guys found quickly that the super low gear was not as cool as was thought. It was very difficult to control the shift and it came so fast that you had a hard time getting the shift without over speeding the motor. Most guys either let the trans shift automatically from 1-2 or blocked off the 1st gear altogether. Please don't ask how this was done. I don't remember at all. There was something about a tube that was installed and some ports that were changed but that's it.

Over all they were a great trans for the Olds and Pont crowd and carefully done they worked with the sbc too. Awlfully heavy for anything else. The Torqflite and clutchflite took over from the hyrdo's by about 64-65.

There are a few streetrod guys that get into them and I know you can still buy a lot of parts from the better trans supply houses. I don't know if B&M
still gets into them or not. Worth a call.
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I have the 56 olds motor and older hydro (no park, R is park) in my 54 F100 I'm working on. I havn't been inside one yet but I'm going to run it as everything seems to work good. Had a few Olds back in the day and they were tough as nails. Motor and trans came out of an old hot rod so it may be modified. Haven't had it out of yard yet so we'll see. Sure runs good.
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Absolutely right on "park position. haha

Be sure to get the TV linkage adjusted right. It shouldn't be to hard as the trans and motor are of the same vintage.
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we used to run on in my 49 anglia and a friends 41 willys they were both 53 olds units with 10.5 coulplings[chevy pick up bells]when i was with vitar these were the strongest at the time before converters were evolving .also were the clutch flight and turbos but they were hand grenades.now we all use powerglides
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I GAVE all my Hydro stuff away several years ago, and now regret it. Biggest thing against the Hydro.....WEIGHT!!! Then parts availability, the right tools, and someone who still knows the Hydro. Even the price of the Hy-Rank Hydro book is rediculous (Copies for $125 on E-Bay). More than 20 years ago I contacted B & M, and they did'nt have any writen material, let alone anyone with the knowledge, working there any longer. Their time came and went, along with all the 301 Chevys, J-2 Olds, and Pontiac tri-powers.
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When I was in high school I had a 33 Plymouth with a 51 Cad 331 and the old 4 speed hydro. That transmission was the toughest thing on the car. I blew a lot of drive shafts but never the box.
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got rid of all my stuff too.only thing i still have is a b/m slant pan type bellhousing for chevy.theres a guy on here 36 willys he still runs them in a retro gasser.as far as any shops still doing these things forget about that your on your own but if i can help let me know
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