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December 01, 2019

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Remember when these fancy transmissions would start to fail? One gear would kick out and before the next gear kicked in the transmission would make that "wheeeeedzzzzzztttt" sound as the bands slipped.

My first two cars were sticks and by the time I got my first automatic in '76 they pretty well had the problems worked out.

I'd say you're at least 20 years behind the times.
By the mid 50's (54-55-56) the Olds Hydra-matic in particular was completely reliable and proven on the strip and the street.
As an added benefit, in many instances the hydra-matic shifted faster than the most gifted "speed shifter."
A tough, reliable, proven automatic transmission.


My first two were a '60 Ford Falcon, way beat, AT, and a '66 Chev Impala, looked great, had some big problems, also AT.. bought a '67 Opel Kadett L, and learned to drive a stick at 18.

bill fuller, yes, the old hydro is still used at dragstrips even today! its still a work horse!

Bill Fuller...

In 54, 55, & 56 I wasn't old enough to pay attention to cars. By the time I was old enough, in the late 50s, I remember automatic transmissions with slipping bands going down the street sounding like death...because the transmission was dying. This kind of thing happened into the early 60s at least.

It appears you just like to argue,disagree,whatever.
The 54-55-56 referenced model years not calendar years. Those were popular used cars in late 50's when you were "old enough."
You're blowing smoke when you say (you heard) slipping bands going down the street. Maybe you heard ONE in the kajllion in service that had problems. That vintage hydramatic did not die with 5-6 years of use unless severely abused and/or NO maintenance.
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