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When looking for a 71-73 :Was the transmission a deciding factor?


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I purchased an Auto. Converted to a 5 speed.

73 Grande H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.


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I wanted a 4 speed car-I would not have bought an Automatic transmission car at the time of my purchase. As I get older, I may start to rethink that choice lol



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  • 3 weeks later...

Always preferred sticks and still do, but as you get older the automatics do have some advantages that you may appreciate more.  In addition to keeping you behind the wheel, if you have a spouse that isn't too stick-proficient and you might want to have fill in now and then as the driver, it gives you more options.  


Sitting here recovering from shoulder surgery and with a spouse that is downright scary using a stick, I am even considering going with an automatic in one of my project cars that for years I would have never even considered and have accumulated all the stick parts to finish. Am assuming I will be functional in the right arm in a couple months again.  But, even if I am not then the automatic looks preferable to riding shotgun..


So, a 59 TBird I am working on will remain automatic (modified C6 replacing the CM & modified 390 instead of original 352) and my 73 fastback with 460 will remain converted to manual... Gives me multiple options that I would never have considered 10-20 years ago..

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No human can shift faster than a well built auto transmission. We actually have a C4 auto tranny in our 73 well built Mach 1. I had thought the C4 was a little weak for an engine putting out as much HP as our engine does. But in researching I found a lot of folks prefer a well built C4 as it has lighter internals than the heavier duty C6 auto tranny. After acquiring the Mach 1 the first thing I did was have the C4 rebuilt with all high performance parts. It does a nice job. As much as I enjoy a manual tranny, I far prefer the convenience, and ye, even the performance of a nicely built auto tranny. My two cents.

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