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automatic conversion

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    In the early 50s GM was thrifty with their production vehicles. An automatic power glide should bolt right in. To be certain, go on line to see if the torque tube was different for the standard and auto transmissions. If not, you are good to go.


    Scotty Sebastian

    I’m considering buying a almost 98% rust free 1954 Chevy 210 4 door post. It has a 235 6 cylinder motor with a 3 speed on the column. I have heard that these cars don’t have a drive shaft that unbolts? I heard that they have a torque tube that is made together with the rear end? I have a good automatic powerglide 6 cylinder tranny that came out of a good running 1954 Chevy sedan. My question is will the automatic tranny from the same year and car fit and bolt onto my preexisting torque tube that is a 3 speed? I would rather have the automatic because my father is getting older and can’t drive a stick that well. If not then what needs to be done will little or no modification to get the automatic to fit? The car only has 49,000 miles on it so I’m trying to keep everything original besides the tranny which I want to swap. Would it be as simple as removing the yolk? Please let me know! I would love to have this car but if I would have to switch out the motor,tranny,driveshaft, and rearend to make it a automatic i think I will pass on it.

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