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Re: 1953 Farm Journal Pics

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02-21-2013 15:52:06

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I've never heard of Hydra-Matic drive in a big truck. Must not have been a very good seller as I have never seen one. I'm not sure I would get an auto trans in a big truck today!

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02-21-2013 16:22:33

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 Re: 1953 Farm Journal Pics in reply to Notjustair, 02-21-2013 15:52:06  
GMC had a lot of big trucks with Hydra-Matic in them back in the 1950s and 60s.
Today most of the new 18 wheelers have some kind of automatic transmissions in them.
Just because someone hasn't heard of something doesn't make it not so.

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02-22-2013 09:45:58

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 Re: 1953 Farm Journal Pics in reply to Harvey 2, 02-21-2013 16:22:33  
US Army had deuce and a half trucks with the auto.......heard a lot of complaints about them from drivers at Ft. Bragg. Did"nt stand up well. That was 1965.

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02-21-2013 16:33:34

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 Re: 1953 Farm Journal Pics in reply to Harvey 2, 02-21-2013 16:22:33  
Dad was a school bus mechanic and bus driver. He drove the only cab over that the district had. That one was a GMC with an automatic. This was back in the 50s,early 60s.

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02-21-2013 16:04:10

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 Re: 1953 Farm Journal Pics in reply to Notjustair, 02-21-2013 15:52:06  
In the days of milk being shipped in cans our hauler had a '48 GMC with hydra-matic tranny. It had something like 140K miles on it without any problems. 140K miles picking up milk is a lot of starts and stops. I guess it never got a chance to develope anything sticking to cause problems.


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