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Old 07-28-2010, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I looked up the 71 Sport Fury (4dr) and it says that model had a standard 318 V8, optional 360 and 440. 225 slant 6 was standard in the Fury I, Fury II and Fury III. No mentions of transmissions though. I went back to 1970 Fury and it does show that at least up until 70 they had a standard 3-speed manual shift.

This is neat... look at all of the 71 Plymouth Fury options... even on the base Fury I, you could get most any option you wanted on it.... imagine a loaded up Fury I, but a Sport Fury with none of these options... wouldnt that be strange.

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/mop.../bilder/14.jpg


this is from the early 71 Chevy brochure.... look and you will see where it says 3-speed manual is standard... you could also get a 2-speed powerglide or the 3-speed turbo-hydramatic (which 99% had)


then see, by 72 it says all models/engines had standard automatic...


I went to Fords pages and in 71' it dont mention a 6-cylinder or manual... it shows the smallest engine is the 302. I went back to 70 on the Ford and it does show an inline 6 as standard with 3-speed manual.

Notice that in 1970, even on the TOP of the LINE '70 LTD Brougham it mentions a V8 as standard, but with a standard 3-speed manual shift... it does emphasize how well it mates to the automatic however. (which I am sure is how 99.5% were so equipped....)

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Old 07-28-2010, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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I looked up the 71 Sport Fury (4dr) and it says that model had a standard 318 V8, optional 360 and 440. 225 slant 6 was standard in the Fury I, Fury II and Fury III. No mentions of transmissions though.
they came with:
4-speed manual
3-speed manual
3-speed torqueflite automatic
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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guys here would feel "weird" driving a top line standard(Caprice, LTD, Gran Sedan) from the big 3 with a 3 speed column shift,and to top it off with nice upholstery and other nice trim, vinyl roof

i gotta get this out of my system, it's like nails on a chalkboard. woujd passengers comment like "hey why a 3 speed tranny when the car is so big?!"
With a big enough 6 cyl you do not need many gears, plenty of low end torque to move. My Jeep had a 6 cyl and three speed, burn rubber on all fours in all three speeds. And still cruise at 80.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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IN 1959 Chrysler Corp phased out the flat head 6 cyl. that had been used for decades. The slant 6 came out in 1960 as a 170, and 198. Later the 170 was dropped and the 225 added. Some low end full size Plymouth and Dodges had the 225 in them up through the 70's. I forget what year was the last for them. They were good engines. I owned several cars with slant sixes. Never had a problem with them and the 225 was quite peppy.
I know Chevy and Ford had inline OHV sixes in full size cars in the late sixties and early 70's but I don't remember when they were phased out for V-6's.
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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A recent issue of Hemmings Classic Car spotlighting Chevys with sixes showed a 1972 Impala Sport Coupe with a 250 six and a three speed manual. Owner reported it had "plenty of power".
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Thanks for verifying that. I was pretty sure since the big 71 Chevrolets had a 3-speed manual, then the big Plymouths surely did as well. Not sure about the big 71 Fords though... I know they did in 70.

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they came with:
4-speed manual
3-speed manual
3-speed torqueflite automatic
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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The old straight 6 and the slant 6 were absolutely bulletproof engines. If you kept them in oil they ran forever.
I had a '75 Dart (we called it The Tank) with the 225 slant-6. I gave it to my youngest sister for college in '82. She sold it after graduation to a guy that worked with my dad.

It's still running today and is his daily commuter. No engine work done other than water pumps.
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:38 PM
 
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thanks for the info. i swear that 71 Gran Sedan with the 3 speed I saw 30 years ago must have been virtually the only one with a manual tranny

to this day i wonder if it had a 6 or an 8 and if it was factory ordered or installed by someone other than the factory

probably went to the crusher
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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Default that Caprice

looks fine! ya know no matter how top of the line the Caprices were, they managed to avoid having the snob appeal that Buick and Olds had, and were nice solid middle of the road (remember their ad baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet)
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:50 PM
 
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My first car was a 1969 Bel-Air 4dr

It had the 250ci in-line six with a 2spd power glide
no power steering or brakes (4 wheel drum) no A/C
plastic seats and a 25gal fuel tank.

It was dependable and cheap to maintain
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