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Old 18th-July-2008, 09:28 PM   #1
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68 Nova torque drive?

Got a lead on another 68 nova but I never seen this dash before? What is a torque drive transmission? They must be rare? Are they worth any thing?

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Old 18th-July-2008, 09:34 PM   #2
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Jason, probably a Powerglide (2 speed).? You are always Nova hunting, if you run across anything 68-69 2 door with a clean pass 1/4, give me a holla.Thx SULLY
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Old 18th-July-2008, 09:41 PM   #3
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That is what it is all about the hunt!!! This car is a north east parts car. It is 5 hours for me. If I buy it I am going to part it out. I am just trying to make sure I can get my money back out of the car.

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Old 18th-July-2008, 09:55 PM   #4
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The torque drive is a manual valve body glide.
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Old 18th-July-2008, 11:24 PM   #5
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Like Joe said, it's a 2 speed manual shift trans. You had to shift them up and down as you drove the car. If you leave it in high, it takes off in high.. Put it behind a V8 and it doesn't last long. They put them in 4 and 6 cylinder Novas as well as other GM cars. It's junk unless you find someone needing one for a restoration. I am not 100% sure but I don't believe they had a kick down (detent cable) like a powerglide or other hydramatic trans has.


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Torque drive transmissions did not use trans coolers as well right?
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Old 19th-July-2008, 03:04 AM   #7
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That is what it is all about the hunt!!! This car is a north east parts car. It is 5 hours for me. If I buy it I am going to part it out. I am just trying to make sure I can get my money back out of the car.

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Can I have dibs on the ash tray and hood latch assy? Please. . . . I can't find a operable ash tray or a stinking hood latch assy.
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Torque drive transmissions did not use trans coolers as well right?

I think you are correct. There was also a real powerglide that was aircooled and had large holes in the bellhousing and a finned torque converter which is different than this torque drive unit.


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Learn something new everyday. Thanks everyone!

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Old 19th-July-2008, 02:18 PM   #10
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I think you are correct. There was also a real powerglide that was aircooled and had large holes in the bellhousing and a finned torque converter which is different than this torque drive unit.


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The torque drive had no cooler lines and had to be manually shifted. I once drove one onto the trailer, wish I woulda drove it some to see what it was like.

There was also the SuperTurbine 300. I had one in my 64 GTO. It shifted like a normal automatic. I swapped the converter for a normal one and ran some lines to the rad. cooler.
I think Chevy just called them an aircooled powerglide.
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Old 22nd-July-2008, 07:27 AM   #11
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torque glide sounds new to me.
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