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12-19-2012 12:24 PM
Deuce 1 In the "Old Days" (1939-1956) G.M. had the Hydramatic 4 speed transmission. In the "New Days" they brought out the updated Turbo-Hydramatic.
12-19-2012 11:03 AM
Trophyman No shortage of opinions here!

THIS SHOULD EXPLAIN EVERYTHING!!!!

WOW!!
12-19-2012 07:58 AM
boothboy
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Originally Posted by lakeroadster View Post
Ever wonder why GM called their 350 and 400 transmissions "turbo"?

I seem to wonder about these things, for reasons I am not sure of.

John
Because the marketing people where bright enough to realize that "Turbo 400" sounded better than "Piece of Crap 400" and the public might buy more cars.
Marketing pure and simple.
BB
12-18-2012 08:36 PM
starnest Rut rho!

Time for dog butt sniffin jokes?
12-18-2012 08:15 PM
lakeroadster
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Originally Posted by C-10 View Post
Torque converters are turbines (turbo) enclosed in a housing with fluid (hydra). And the gear box they spin is an automatic (matic) trans.
That actually makes sense! Very nice.

So does "Astro Ventilation" on my Camaro mean the dog from the Jetson's is somehow involved?

12-10-2012 08:19 AM
C-10 lol

12-10-2012 08:13 AM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by C-10 View Post
Torque converters are turbines (turbo) enclosed in a housing with fluid (hydra). And the gear box they spin is an automatic (matic) trans.
It looks like we have a winner people!

What's the prize, Jim?
12-10-2012 08:08 AM
C-10 Torque converters are turbines (turbo) enclosed in a housing with fluid (hydra). And the gear box they spin is an automatic (matic) trans.
12-10-2012 07:58 AM
OneMoreTime Badge Engineering..Change the label so people think it is "hot stuff"

Sam
12-10-2012 07:23 AM
AutoGear "Strato bucket seats"
12-09-2012 09:45 PM
cobalt327
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Originally Posted by SSedan64 View Post
And the Chrysler Turbine car. That thing had an idle speed of 18,000-22,000rpm.
Just imagine- that's a 450 mph potential w/a 3.73 rear gear. At idle! Too bad it didn't make enough torque at that rpm, but still!

I seem to recall something different about the drive train of the turbine car, but I cannot remember details.
12-09-2012 09:26 PM
SSedan64 And the Chrysler Turbine car. That thing had an idle speed of 18,000-22,000rpm.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...8-21&sp=-1&sk=
12-09-2012 08:55 PM
cobalt327 Styling all 'round the cars were inspired by the 'jet and rocket age'. None more than the GM concept cars of that era, like the Firebird series:


FB II, left; FB III, right- built in 1958


The '61 Thunderbird was a beautiful example IMHO.

12-09-2012 05:17 PM
LATECH The tailfins and such in the late 50s and early 60s were because of the publics awe for rockets and planes.
Carmakers found people bought cars with those big fins , so they put them on and called the engines "turbo fire" and "rocket350" etc.
Strictly a marketing ploy.
12-09-2012 11:05 AM
gearheadslife
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Originally Posted by joe_padavano View Post
Uh, no. Oldsmobile owners KNOW that the "Rocket" name is pure marketing BS. It's the uninitiated who seem to think that the "Rocket" motors have some magic superiority over others.
I can tell you 80% of the owners had no idea what the rocket marketing was.. b/s or not..
go to any show and stand in front of an olds.. better yet bring one.. and the stories start over the "rocket"
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