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On the column shifter
« on: June 08, 2021, 01:24:56 PM »
Apparently a few Challengers had steering column shifters back in the 70s and Graveyard Carz was restoring one with a 440. One of the show's guests Dagastino called it a cripple stick. I should not have found that funny but I did and outrageously so.  Growing up in Canada I never heard that one until yesterday. American humor versus British humour. The British humour slaps you across the face. The American humor punches you in the gut. Both are great.
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Re: On the column shifter
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2021, 04:01:16 PM »
I had a 66 Chevy wagon beater in the early '70s with what we called "3 on the tree"   ::) I'm in Canada.

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Re: On the column shifter
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2021, 07:45:12 PM »
Yes, I always knew it as three on the tree.  A little more benign than the other descriptor.  But we were tougher in times past compared to today.
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Small block eight so live she feels
There she's parked beside the curb
Engine revving to disturb
She's the princess from his past
Red paint gold stripes damned she's fast"

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Re: On the column shifter
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2021, 10:30:17 AM »
I worked at Chrysler's Chicago pre-delivery center,June of 1970 to January of  1975. Seen quite a few cool muscle cars with the column shifter automatic. 'Cudas, Challengers, Chargers, Super Bees, Road Runners, GTXs.  Seems certain dealers did not recheck their factory order forms.

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Re: On the column shifter
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2021, 02:59:27 AM »
I still drive a 68 F100 with 3 on the tree and love it. People give me the thumbs up  in approval anytime I drive it.

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Re: On the column shifter
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2021, 09:45:55 AM »
My brother had a 71 Challenger that had some unusual options ( quit a few actually ) one combo was it was a 340 A/T car with a column shift and a bench seat. I had a 1970 F100 with a 3 on the tree. The problem with some vehicles with a three on the tree was a fast shift to second was hard on your knuckles. 

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Re: On the column shifter
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2021, 11:16:45 PM »
Automatics on the column was the norm when no console was ordered. Sticks were all on the floor on the muscle cars. My old 190D Mercedes had a 4 speed on the tree. My 67 Bronco was my last car with a column shifted stick.
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Re: On the column shifter
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2021, 11:49:15 PM »
How quick was that MB in the quarter?  Less than an hour?

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