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Old 09-19-2002, 09:34 AM
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Question whoa like what is this weird thing?

ok, i got this old wagon (60's ford ranch wagon) and i dont know much more than this... but while looking the ol 3 on the tree over i noticed a choke cable looking thing and it said "overdrive" on it... what? ,i mean maybe its common to ford men but i aint never seen one o these. is it worth a dime or is it just some goofie ford thing??? info on this would be cool. <img src="confused.gif" border="0">

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Old 09-19-2002, 09:47 AM
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You engage the overdrive by pulling out the cable, if the origional trans has not been removed.
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It is a real Ford thing from back in the Y-Block days...most or the cars that it was installed in would run faster in 3rd than they would in overdrive 'cause they simply wouldn't pull out the "tall" gearing... I don't know what kind of torque those old units will take or what the O.D. ratio is... my info. is mostly hear-say from my dad... I have only seen one such unit that I can remember & that was back in the late 60's
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I have such a knob on my Studebaker, although it has automatic overdrive. If I pull the knob out it will lock it in or out I can't remember. I always use the automatic method by letting of the gas and it will shift into overdrive, kind of like a 4th gear. It will really whind up at 50 in 3rd but in overdrive it will do 65 easy.
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on a Stude if the cable is pushed in, then it the overdrive system is on, if the cable is out, the overdrive system is not on. I have it on my 54 wagon and it works like a dream
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Old 09-19-2002, 05:47 PM
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Old technology but as you see more O/D trannies it obviously was before it's time. Most of the Ford ones I've dealt with (and I believe my '48 Studebaker Land Cruiser Commander, now that's a name) have an electric switch controlled by the throttle pedl to kick out of O/D when you step on it. It can also prevent it from kicking in if not correctly adjusted.
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