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07-06-2009 08:10 PM
eloc431962 Yea i have a old 3 speed trans out of a 68 fairlane i had, it has a similar shifter setup on it. With the long tail also but someone some time down the road changed it from a column shift to a floor shift and put the offset shifter bracket on it . Cole
07-06-2009 08:08 PM
carsavvycook
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Originally Posted by randyhemi
nice story! love those buicks. did it have the 401 and dynaflow?

i found some info 64-65 used a 25 spline that snapped so they went with a 28 spline in 66. my case is 24" so it must be a fairlane,galaxy,or a murador due to the offset of the shifter for bigger body style, my best guess.
Thanks for all the help!!!!!!
Randy

Nope, it had the 300 Special, and just 'glistened' maroon in the very light misty rain, 2 evenings before. It was a Wildcat, with low mileage.

They would not extend credit to my parents, and I could not stand to see my mother cry.
07-06-2009 07:57 PM
randyhemi nice story! love those buicks. did it have the 401 and dynaflow?

i found some info 64-65 used a 25 spline that snapped so they went with a 28 spline in 66. my case is 24" so it must be a fairlane,galaxy,or a murador due to the offset of the shifter for bigger body style, my best guess.
Thanks for all the help!!!!!!
Randy
07-06-2009 06:38 PM
carsavvycook
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Originally Posted by eloc431962
There is no doubt it is a RUG trans. But the input shaft being 1 1/16 10 spline and the output being 28 spline, is telling me it is for a small block ford, but as i said in my other post some big blocks had the 28 spline output also most was 31 but some did run the 28 spline, if i remember correct they were in 64/65 Galaxy . Cole
Carefull Cole, You might just give up your age. LOL

In 1965. I was 9 years old, and used my paper route savings to purchase a 1963 Buick LeSabre my mother fell in love with. To make a long story short, I made that used car salesman hand the keys to my mother, who was sitting, very "distraught"(crying is a more accurate word), in the rusted out chevy my parents owned, at the time.
07-06-2009 06:23 PM
eloc431962
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Originally Posted by randyhemi
thanks guys!!
the input shaft is 1 1/16 10 spline output is 28 spline. the id tag is RUG-FP clear as day. i can not find fp anywhere on line.
There is no doubt it is a RUG trans. But the input shaft being 1 1/16 10 spline and the output being 28 spline, is telling me it is for a small block ford, but as i said in my other post some big blocks had the 28 spline output also most was 31 but some did run the 28 spline, if i remember correct they were in 64/65 Galaxy . Cole
07-05-2009 11:23 PM
ProTracGear its a RUG plain and simple. thats what i have it listed as in my parts book as well
i will chevk on input splines tomorow as to further narow what it fits i know they did use it in some old ford vans and trucks as well. it is a transmission i dont see around to often.
07-05-2009 09:31 PM
randyhemi ok, its funny you have a trans with a complet id tag and there is no listing for it.
thanks to you all. i cleaned out one of my garage and forgot about this trans it was in the very back covered up with early hemi parts that i forgot about too.
07-05-2009 08:19 PM
carsavvycook D8TA-7400. The D8 designates a 1978 production part.

It makes me think of this being a retro kit for 1978 Mercury Montego, or a full sized type body style.
07-05-2009 07:56 PM
randyhemi im not much of a ford guy(have sevral now) but i think this shifter is for a big body car thats why it sticks out so far the shifter bracket has a part number on it D8TA-7400. but the shifter rod itself pushes in and snap locks in all you have to do is push a small rectangal button to release it. is that normal for ford shifters??
07-05-2009 07:46 PM
eloc431962 The RUG-FP yep clear as day but i cant find it anywhere either, I have seen that shifter setup but i cant remember what it was right now when it comes to me if you dont already know i will ket you know. surely someone else has seen this setup also maybe they will remember. Cole
07-05-2009 07:41 PM
randyhemi im trying to post you pics of it but pics too large.i bought this trans along time ago for a 60 farline i was going to buy that had the hp package. had a 352fe with a 3 speed. the shifter on this top loader is somthing i havent seen before . im going to try to seen pics.
thanks
07-05-2009 06:59 PM
eloc431962 Thats a small block trans, but some 390 ran the same trans also. so it still could come from a big block also. I have searched all books and i cant find your numbers anywhere. Cole
07-05-2009 06:49 PM
randyhemi thanks guys!!
the input shaft is 1 1/16 10 spline output is 28 spline. the id tag is RUG-FP clear as day. i can not find fp anywhere on line.
07-05-2009 06:39 PM
eloc431962 This is true the E-3 should represent 1983, but from 79-83 the toploader had a aluminum case with single rail shifter. Is the case aluminium? does the shifter push in from the top and have 4 bolts holding it in place? Cole
07-05-2009 06:26 PM
carsavvycook What is the input shaft diameter, and how many splines?

The E3.... number is generally a 1983 year designation.
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