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  1. Following your advice, I did the following: Check all 4 lights with the engine off (generator not charging the battery), results: Directionals off, checking lights only: right rear, left rear, and left front bulbs light up, right front bulb does not light up. Start car, generator charging: All lights light up, same brightness. Directionals on, engine not running (battery only): all directionals flash much faster than normal, but are very dim. Directionals on, engine running: same, but directional lights are brighter. Additionally, my ammeter shows a constant state
  2. auburnseeker, Thank you for that advice. I didn't know that the flasher could lose just one side of operation. I will check that, and hopefully that will fix it, because getting at the switch is not easy as you say, the wheel has to be pulled.
  3. My 1950 Dodge Coronet D34 Sedan has the optional factory-installed (integral with the steering column, not added on) directional signal. It worked fine until yesterday; now it flashes for right-hand turns, but nothing for left. Replaced left front and left rear bulbs (1154 6 volt), and the lights work, but no flash. Usually when a bulb is out, that side will flash rapidly, but there is no flashing either front or rear left. Again, flashing OK on right front and rear. So, what should I suspect? Flasher, directional switch bad on left only, wiring problem? Any insight will be appreciated
  4. All the literature and classic car databases I have seen concerning drive lines for the 1949-1952 Dodge Coronet (mine is a 1950 D34) say that the axle ratio on the 3-speed manual models is 3.9. That is incorrect. All 1949 Dodges came standard equipment with Fluid Drive, which is NOT the transmission; it is a hydraulic (fluid) coupling that takes the place of the conventional flywheel. With the fluid drive, you had a choice of two transmissions: a conventional 3-speed manual that did not shift by itself, or a Gyro-Matic transmission, a so-called semi-automatic which was in realit
  5. Apart from the 1973 Chevvy Bel Air, the 3-speed manual column shift car that surprised me the most was a 1970 Dodge, either a Monaco or a Polara, I don't remember which. It was a 4-door sedan with a 318, power steering, power brakes, and 3-speed manual coumn shift. Here's the story, which I got from the owner when I saw the car for the first time in late 1973: The owner always owned Oldsmobiles and always had 3-speed standards in them. It was time to trade in his 63 Olds standard shift for a new model so he went to the local Olds Dealer who told him he could not get the car that way. The l
  6. Great discussion. To Tomcarnut: your dad did not have the only 1971 full-size Chevrolet with a 3-speed stick. I had one too. It was a '71 Biscayne (entry level model) with a 250 cu in 6, 3 on the column, power steering and power brakes. I bought the car used in 1973 when I got out of the Army. It had 42,000 miles on it and I paid $975 for it from the local Chrysler-Plymouth dealer who had taken it in trade. That price included a new clutch disc and TO bearing. It was also the first car I owned with PS and PB. I believe the PS and PB came standard on the car, which is probably why Mr.
  7. You could not get a 1973 Impala or Caprice with the three-speed (column) manual. Only the Bel Air, and only in 6-cylinder form. That is what the guy who had the '73 Bel Air told me.
  8. The last year for a full-size standard manual shift US car was 1973, and the car offering it was the Chevrolet (Bel Air model). Interestingly, that car was also available in six cylinders, and in fact, if you wanted the six, the only available transmission was the column-mounted three speed manual. I believe this is the only example of a 1970's US full size car that was available only with a manual transmission. What prompts this posting is that I actually recently saw a '73 Bel Air with the 3-speed/6 cylinder at a local car show. I would guess that less than 1000 of these were actually pr
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