Semi-Automatic-Any Made

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  1. roger628

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    The original 69.5 brochure listed a semi-automatic trans. I have never seen one. Does anybody know if any were made or was cancelled at the last minute?
     
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    Craig Selvey Indiana State Rep - MCCI

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    It was made. I have seen ONE in all my Maverick years.
     
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    I've never seen one in a Ford but Mopar used to have a
    clutch-flight trans. Launched the car using the clutch and
    then autoshifted the other gears. VW also made a set up like that
    years ago. Neat idea.
     
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    So whats the name of this tranny?
     
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    i've read about this as well but dont know anything about them or have i ever seen one.... would be interesting though :yup:
     
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    rayzorsharp I "AM" a Maverick!

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    That's always been my understanding...nothing special on the tranny itself.
     
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    Andysutt '72 Comet GT

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    So how is this semi automatic.... a c4 doesn't have a "clutch" like a manual transmission. So you can't "use the clutch to take off" and then it shifts auto...
    Or maybe im missing something?
     
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    Chevy offered a similar setup called Torque-Drive on 6-cyl Novas and Camaros, which was a Powerglide with no valve body. All shifting is manual. Start in low, move the lever to 2, then D as required. Come to a stop, do it over again. The first Hondamatics in the Civics worked this way too. They are a Torque Converter trans that has to be shifted manually. Where the cost savings over a full auto comes in, I don't know. Youd think that almost all of the components of a regular auto would be required
     
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    Yeah, mopar made trannys like that, and Honda with motorcycles made um like that too. I have never seen, or never knew a mav had a trans like that. I learned something today.
    Dan
     
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    I am sure the manufacturer saved money by using a manual valve body...

    I have never seen one myself, but I think they were more of a Pinto tranny than Maverick, even though they were available in Mavs.

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    ...and on the cars that had the semi-auto, was the shifter on the column? I've heard of these but have never seen one. How would it be easy to identify without driving it?
     
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    It was on the column and looked just like a standard C-4 ... However , the shift indicator was clearly stamped - Semi-Automatic ... I think somebody was selling the Semi-Auto indicator recently either on here or eBay ...
     
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    Dan is correct.
     
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    I saw one in a 69.5 in a bone yard here like 10 years ago......

    Never thought anything about it until I saw this thread.
     
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    awannabegrabber Always Learning

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    so it has 3 pedals, and there is no converter. so its a stick for the launch and then you drive it like a normal auto? i wish had a trani like that

    I would have nobody ask to drive my car :rofl2:
     

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