Chief and Scout 3-speed trans has some pretty big jumps between the gears,
and correspondance on the List
indicates that we should look at raising 1st a little and 2nd a lot to
give a spacing of the ratios more suited to today's higher road speeds.
The original 2nd is set at about the 30%+/- mark between first and third,
where 50% (roughly 1.23) is more realistic. The new gear sets will give
you a higher ratio (lower numerically) in first to help narrow the
gap, then a lower ratio (higher numerically) in second to further reduce
the gap. This is the same thing we used to do with Lincoln gears
in flatty Ford trannys to get more speed in first gear.
All the blanks are cut for 10 sets with a total cost of $ 1600.00 so far. With the gear cutting and heat treat, I think we will come in well under $ 500.00 per set. I think that all 10 sets are spoken for, anyone else needs any I need to start a second batch.
Also, I can make wider gears if anyone
wants them. The stock teeth are
Stay tuned for more gear news in next issue of the VI!
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