Q: Deaborn 3-Speed for 1968
My 1968 400 came with a Dearborn 3-speed transmission, complete with “FoMoCo” stamped on the case! The bell housing had two bolt-hole patterns already drilled. I helped a friend drop the trans in his 1968 Olds 442 — same thing.
I have heard this was due to a strike at Muncie plant, but did they even make a 3-speed? What is real low-down on this?
A: Another tall tale. Muncie/ Gm didnt offer a 3-speed that would stand up to the torque rating of the higher HP V-8s. So they chose a Dearborn”FORD” trans. All the more reason to order a 4 speed. BTW Most Chevy V-8s of that era didnt need a Heavy Duty trans Whats that tell ya??? Muncie did make a 3 speed but it was light duty. .Saginaw was the norm for all other 3-speed applications.
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