A brief survey of novel designs in automobile transmissions, suspensions and tires is presented. Ford offers a four-speed design that cuts 30 lbs out of the company's prior transmission. Oldsmobile has a manual five-speed synchromesh transmission for its 4.3 litre diesel engine, which, too, is lightened to every extent possible. Chrysler uses locked-up torque converters in '79 Chevrolets to eliminate the built-in fluid losses in automatic fluid transmissions. Further, New Departure Hyatt has helped reduce friction and weight for all GM front-wheel-drive cars with its new integral ball bearing spindle. Harder tires that roll more efficiently are prompting changes in suspension design.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Morgan-Grampian, Incorporated

    16 West 61st Street
    New York, NY  United States  10023
  • Authors:
    • Yeaple, F
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 57-58
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195313
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM