An American car
That ’55 transmission has sure caused me some memories. The transmission may be no good in itself, but the case looks good. LOL
Most of us thought the automatic transmission was a passing fancy, and too expensive for the working stiff. The early automatics were complicated for the average mechanic and very expensive to get repaired.
Even the government thought everyone needed to know how to drive a ‘stick shift’, so in our state it was near the 1960s before you were allowed to take the driving test in a car with an automatic transmission.
If you learned in a straight drive do you remember the fear of stopping at a traffic light on a hill? Trying to use your heel on the brake and toe of your shoe on the accelerator? Then easing the clutch out and not ‘kill the engine.’ Looking back I don’t know why I didn’t use the ‘emergency brake’, LOL. I always had a fear of rolling back into the car behind me.
The Chevy had a vacuum shift so it was hard to drag race. Speed shifting was impossible in the Chevy, unlike the Ford that could be speed-shifted at lightning speeds.
The three speed and new drivers created a lot of noise ‘Scraping gears’.
PS: The Oxymoron for today: