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bugo
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posted 01-14-2006 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bugo   Click Here to Email bugo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What was the last year the 3 speed manual with a column shifter was available? I know it was still available as late as 1983. A little off topic, but what was the last car that was available with a 3 speed on the column? I have seen early 70s Mavericks with it, but nothing newer.

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MLariviere
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posted 01-14-2006 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The big push for OD's in trucks was about 1985, so I would have say that was probably the last. I haven't seen any that vintage with a 3man on the column.

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Whitson
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posted 01-14-2006 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Whitson   Click Here to Email Whitson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Newest F100 I've seen with a 3 on the tree was an 82.

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bugo
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posted 01-14-2006 11:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bugo   Click Here to Email bugo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My dad had an 83 F100 with the 300 six and 3 speed column shifter.

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Rory McNeil
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posted 01-16-2006 01:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don`t know about Ford cars, but a friends father had a 1976 Buick Apollo (Nova bodystyle)with a 6 cylinder and 3 speed on the column. I guess on the Ford front, the last vehicle would have likely have been an Econoline equipped with a 3 speed manual. I know that Ford also made some vans with the toploader 3 speed overdrive trans, which was floor shifted, I don`t know when the last "real" 3 speed van was made.

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cookie_monster
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posted 01-17-2006 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cookie_monster   Click Here to Email cookie_monster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had an '84 (mfg 8/83) F150 that originally had a 4.9/ 3 speed column shift. Good truck. Especially when I swapped in the 514/C6.

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TomP
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posted 01-31-2006 01:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seems to me when i worked for a Ford dealer in 81-82 that the 80 Granada may have been the last car but pickups were quite common with 300/3 speed.

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