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Old 01-08-2013, 02:43 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I want a 3-speed manual with a direct drive top gear- fewer gear meshes, fewer spinning parts, less friction. I skip shift most of the time anyway, combined with short-shifting and the engine doesn't have to cope with much of an rpm spread.
Doesn't sound unreasonable at all, but I'd rather get an overdrive 4-speed...

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Part of the point is to avoid overdrive, which from a power transmitting POV isn't as good as a direct drive with a suitably tall final drive.
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Old Mechanic -- I always filter everything through the prism of would it work in an old Beetle. What I would like is an older [non-hypoid] Type I transaxle with a hydraulic clutch:

And a replacement nose cone that replaces the shift rods with an hydraulic actuated, microprocessor controlled mechanism.

Paddle shifter built into the stock horn ring.

What are the odds?
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Paddle-shifters in a Beetle (or any other rear-engined Volkswagen) would be nice.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:52 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I like that the install would be total stealth—just a missing shift lever.

I saw a Karmann Ghia coupe at the NW Bug Run that had a mid-engine installation, and a pneumatic shifter that ran off 2ea 1500psi air tanks. He only had to refill "about once a month."

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