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Full-Size Standard Shift Cars, 1950-1973

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Im high school my buddy Kenny ordered a new red '62 Pontiac Catalina 2dr H.T. with a 3 spd column shift.

At that time I had a 'white '58 Impala 348 with a 3 spd column shift (think American Graffiti).

Then a black '59 Biscayne with a 3 spd column shift. 283 Fulie.

Later on I had a '65 Impala 4 dr H.T. with a Auto, 6 cyl engine.

On L.I. years ago a guy had a blue '64 Impala SS, Auto, 6 cyl.

On e-bay a few years ago someone was selling a '64 Impala SS with a factory 3 spd on the column- Very rare car as it has a blanked out floor console.

That '62 Pontiac just reminded me of the black one with red interior that I could have had cheap when I worked at a Standard filling station when I was in high school. The only problem was that it always jumped out of second gear. I passed on it because I figured that it needed a cluster gear, and where would I locate one and what would it cost. It would have been nice to have the internet back then.

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The allure of full size stick Buicks is strong here- I'm into the 65 Wildcat three pedal jobs:

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three on the tree, no power steering or brakes!

I am working on two more 65 Wildcat 4-speeds :)

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I had a 55 Oldsmobile 88 2 door hardtop 3 speed on the column. It had a radio delete plate, but I put in stock radio from the junk yard at a cost of about $10. I bought from the original owner, an elderly accountant and it only had 44K back in 1965. It ran very good! Sure would like to have that car back.

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I have a 69 oldsmobile delta 88 convertible with a 455 2 barrel and three on the tree. It is true that gm used a ford top loader for big block applications. The transmission case has fomoco cast in the case. The speedo cable is driven of the front wheel. These cars have 2.93 gears in back. Car has a ton of torque and pulls like a frieght train at interstate speeds. My car was a stripper car. No power brakes and no power steering. Definitely no a/c. Only options are the 455 and posi. Love it.

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When I was in high school I picked up a 1965 Malibu SS 2 dr hardtop. The car was an original 327 4 speed car.  When I bought it in 1984 for $700  it had a Pontiac 389 with a Ford 3 speed top loader transmission.  I won a few races back then.  How I wish I still had that car and my 1966 Chevy C10 fleetside short bed with an original 283.  :(

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I remember when shopping for a car I bought in 1971 I saw a Ford Torino with a 390 and a three speed on the tree. Interesting but I went with a 1966 Plymouth Fury III with a 383 and a four speed.

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I've got a 70 Buick Estate Wagon with 455 and three on the tree.  For years I thought I had the "only one", but an article in the Buick Bugle showed 26 were produced. After 250 k miles, the frame decided to get thin. It was great to drive in the snow, oops.... Awaiting a frame someday ......😉

 

It was bought used to replace my father's 1966 4 door Biscayne 283 - 3 on the tree, that was rear ended in 1978. I was driving a 1966 Biscayne station wagon with 283 - 3 on the tree at the time. I got the Buick wagon when my father bought a 1979 Scooter (4 speed standard equipment, NO options). He never bought an automatic transmission, but Mom did!😁

 

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On 7/28/2014 at 10:13 AM, 1950Dodge said:

 Here's my tally, showing the car and the years between 1955 and 1973 that I have not seen the car in manual shift form:

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Chrysler: 1955-1960, 1964-1973

Would be interested in the experience for other Forum members.

 

I have seen one each 1957 Chrysler 300-C and 1958 Chrysler 300-D with 3-speed on the column. These are quite rare factory prototype/race cars, but were technically supposed to be available to order. I've seen three 1960 Chrysler 300-Fs with the Pont-a-Mousson 4-speed with shifter in the console (drove one of them!) One was the Daytona Flying Mile winner and the other two built for influential people.

 

I've seen at least two each of the 1964 Chrysler 300-K and 1965 Chrysler 300-L with 4-speeds. Not many of those built, but not special like the ones above. (You can probably guess I'm a 300 guy - saw most of these at 300 meets.)

 

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In the mid-60's, my great aunt and uncle were both driving close to new cars, both with manual transmission and radio delete.  My uncle was the only dentist in a small town and could afford what ever he wanted.  His car was a 1964 Impala 9 passenger wagon with three speed manual on the column with overdrive and factory A/C and radio delete.  My aunts car was a 1965 Buick Special, factory air, 3 speed manual transmission and radio delete.  While visiting, I ask my aunt why the cars were equipped that way.  She responded "I want to know what gear I'm in when I drive and your uncle will kill us on the highway playing with the radio".

I guess he won out the next time because the next car was a 1972 Lincoln Town Car.

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Back in the early 1980's, I owned a 1958 Edsel Ranger with a column shift, three speed manual transmission.

 

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On 11/17/2014 at 3:34 AM, countrytravler said:

1965 Impala SS triple black convertible. 409-400-4 speed with 4.11 posi. No p.s. or brakes. Just raw power, gauges, tachometer, power top and AM radio.That was in 1968. Bought it from the original owner with 3 drag racing tickets. Had 20.000 miles for 400.00. I was 16 at the time.

 

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I was 16 in 1968 too. In the summer of '69 I got my first car-a dark blue '65 Impala 2 door hardtop with the 230 straight 6 and 3 on the tree and A/C. The unusual thing about this is when my dad decided that I should have my own car he wouldn't let me go with him to pick it out. I asked him to at least try to make it a 2 door with a V8 and stick. He knew I had a heavy foot so he said it would have a 6 or I could walk so of course I took the 6. He had a friend who was a salesman at the local Ford dealer so I was expecting him to come home with maybe a Mustang with a 6 but he went to the Chevy dealer instead. A friend and I changed it to a floor shift but the shifter was for a '57 Chevy so it would hit the dash when I shifted into second. A year and a half later I got a '67 Cutlass Supreme with the 300 hp 330 and 4 speed with black buckets and console. That was more my style. LOL...

Do you still live in Sonora? I have a brother who lives near you in Groveland...

 

On 11/17/2014 at 3:34 AM, countrytravler said:

 

 

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For whatever it is worth, I owned a 1960 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday SceniCoupe with a factory three-on-the-tree.  And although there most certainly were others, they were so few and far between that I have never actually seen one.

 

 

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My '64 GP was ordered with the 389 and HD 3-speed on the column (actually a FoMoCo transmission), no PS and manual brakes.  The car currently has a T10 installed by the second owner (who I bought the car from).  I have all of the original pieces and may return it to 'day 1' at some point if I ever get tired of rowing the 4-speed.

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The first new car I bought was a 63 Dodge Dart, slant 6 ,3 on the tree, AM radio, and nothing else. This 20 year old was very worried how to make the 40.00 monthly payments . It was a good dependable ride.

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I once scored a 66 Impala 4 dr hardtop that had a 427 and a three on the tree.

It was stolen right after I got it painted. I had to rebuild the engine as well. This was in about 1985 or 86.

I am sure that that engine got transplanted somewhere and the car wasted.

I loved that second gear for awhile.

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