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Old 08-05-2014, 05:51 PM   #1
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gearheads 101 - How a Manual Tranny Works

Ever wonder why those syncros gotta mesh?

Cool old video. Gotta love those engineers

To paraphrase Archimedes, "Give me gear tall enough and I can tow an Airstream with a bicycle."

How manual transmission works - YouTube
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Old 08-05-2014, 06:37 PM   #2
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That was fun - thanks!
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:00 PM   #3
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Yea I watched the whole thing....
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:13 PM   #4
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I am you guys liked it - and that I'm not he only one
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Good stuff. Really advanced video/film techniques

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Sad for us "gear grinders" that the only manual transmission now available in a pickup is in a Dodge Ram 2500/3500 - and only on the Cummins Turbodiesel. GM did away with manuals years ago, but I was surprised to see Ford go "full-automatic"... :-(
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:39 AM   #8
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I much prefer manual transmissions especially for small engines with no torque. Gas engines worked much better with manual transmissions. You use to be able to get all the HP out of a gas engine and now you have to wait for the automatic transmission to shift and then it never shifts when you want it to. I think automatics transmissions are one thing that made diesels so popular. With a diesel you really only need one gear because the torque curve is so flat.

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Ever wonder why those syncros gotta mesh?

Cool old video. Gotta love those engineers

To paraphrase Archimedes, "Give me gear tall enough and I can tow an Airstream with a bicycle."

How manual transmission works - YouTube

Thanks for that. Another mystery explained. Do you have one on spouses? Jim


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Thanks for that. Another mystery explained. Do you have one on spouses? Jim
Sorry Jim. My wife and I have come to understand that some things are just better left not understood.
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I much prefer manual transmissions especially for small engines with no torque. Gas engines worked much better with manual transmissions. You use to be able to get all the HP out of a gas engine and now you have to wait for the automatic transmission to shift and then it never shifts when you want it to. I think automatics transmissions are one thing that made diesels so popular. With a diesel you really only need one gear because the torque curve is so flat.

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I agree. Physics are physics. My little 4.2L f150 would have a very difficult time with the the Airstream if not of the 5 speed manual. Automatics just never seemed to be in the right gear.

When I went to replace my old diesel 3/4 ton I was set on a low mileage Dodge diesel stick! I ran across a deal I could not refuse on a new 6.L gas with 6 speed automatic. I was very surprised with it when I hooked up the Airstream. It is pretty darn smart about keeping me on the torque curve. The integrated engine and tranny controller software, fuel injection and 6 speeds shift right when they should. It even adjusts its shift pattern depending on if I am going up or down hill, braking or accelerating. It downshifts when it should and locks the torque converter for maximum engine braking. I am happy with it.


I still love driving the stick and miss the smell of diesel fuel
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Hi from AZ. . . I was going to suggest. . . 'put your left foot in, put your left foot out,. . .etc ! great video Wayward, thanks, Craig
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Great video, that was fun!

I'll be thinking about that tonight on the way home as I'm shifting through the gears in my classic Miata. I still prefer a manual for our fun cars, but we had to go with an automatic for the TV. The cars we wanted don't even come with manuals. In fact we were looking at a smaller Mazda crossover before we settled on the Flex, and getting a manual was practically a special order! Sad
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Thanks, that is a cool video!

I have a related question but I don't want to hijack the thread. If you're interested... see the gear ratio / low - high gear question at the link below:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ml#post1499870
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