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Old 01-11-2011, 09:04 PM
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Two speed shifter?

I have heard stories from some old timers about a two speed shifter. Was there ever such a thing made by the major makers? I am familiar with a two speed shifter on older model heavy trucks I drove bailing hay as a kid, but for a car or light truck? I have looked but not dug deep into this with no luck. Maybe I have called it something wrong, I do not know. Has anyone heard of or know of such a beast?

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Old 01-11-2011, 09:15 PM
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this is all i can think of
http://www.gearvendors.com/
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Are you by chance thinking of a two-speed rear axle, which has a high range and a low range??
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My new Willys project has a 2 speed power glide transmission. It has a B&M pro ratchet after market shifter on it. Allows me to slam second in without running into neutral, A Lock out lever allows me to continue into N, P and R.
Hurst also make a shifter for a 2 speed.
Mine looks like this.

On ebay here in Aus they sell for $350 au.
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2 speed axle thats it!

That is correct I was thinking of a two speed axle. THanks for giving me the proper terms. So, do those things exist for light duty applicationssuch as cars and LD trucks? If so where would one find such a beast? Thanks guys. YOu folks constantly amaze me with your knowledge here, Thank you so much!
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i dont know of one for cars or light trucks
only med duty and larger trucks
i think your only choice would be an aux gear box, like the Gear Vendors unit i posted the link for in post #2
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Ford made a few(very, very rare, less than a handful) 9" rears with a 2-speed gear splitter built into the pinion support. This was around 1970-71 time frame, I've only ever seen pictures of it, seems like the one I saw was either in a 1970 Cougar Eliminator or a 1970 Shelby GT500 Mustang.

That's the only one I've ever heard of used in a passenger car or light truck. Everything else is heavy duty truck lines type stuff.
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You may be thinking of the Columbia 2 speed axle which was fitted to early fords..Nothing after 1948 do I know of other than the Eaton and Dana units for heavy trucks..

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