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Old 08-11-2013, 07:30 AM   #1
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Hi all. Im Adam from uk. Just bought a 66 v8 coupe. Never owned an American car or an automatic before so im a tad embarrassed to ask but... on the automatic stick there is the obvious P for park, N neutral etc and i assume L is for low for steep hills maybe but what the circle with a green centre and the other drive option. Haha :/
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P - Park (neutral with a locking parking pawl)
R - Reverse
N - Neutral (out of gear)
D - Drive (1st, 2nd, & 3rd gears automatically shifted)
L - Low (1st gear with upshift lockout)

A circle usually indicates Overdrive (4th gear) but I didn't know that was available in 1966.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:55 AM   #3
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Ah so thats why when i get to 60mph the engine struggles maybe. So drive then shift to overdrive for top end maybe. Thanks matey
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Just put the car in the one with the green circle and mash the gas and go. U got this.
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On a '66 there is a unique shift arrangement for the C4. The first Drive position will start you off in second then shift to third. The position with the green dot is the actual "drive" position, starts in low then shifts to second and third. There is no overdrive on a C4. Wouldn't that be nice? I think in '67 they changed the valve body to work like everything else. A problem with the '65-'66 pattern is that cannot manually select second gear, only manual low. Some people switch to a later valve body for better control of the shifts, does not affect performance.
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:36 AM   #6
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Cor, really handy feedback guys thank you
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:56 AM   #7
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A classic car mechanic told me that one of those is for better traction in the snow, hence low gear. I think everyone's on point here. Wow. Is it right hand drive??? Pictures???
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Left hand. Not sure how to add pictures haha only one that has worked is the profile pic
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Man that thing is gorgeous. It would have been unique if it was right hand though. Regardless, it's beautiful. Congrats
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Man that thing is gorgeous. It would have been unique if it was right hand though. Regardless, it's beautiful. Congrats
I think it's kind of unique being nearly a 50 year old car that's cleaner than my 99 lol.
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Ah thanks boss. I am now longer an American car virgin haha. Taking a bit to get use to but once all the work is done it will be spot on! Not sure how to nosey at larger pictures on the phone app but your looks pretty dam smart too
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Clean engine too
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I was going to mention the traction thing too. It's actually starting off in second that allows better traction in slippery weather.
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Hi rich welcome and congrats sweet ride !!!!! I have a 67 coupe here's some pics.

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Now that isss clean. Cant wait till mine is that nice
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Thanks dude .
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If you start off in low (1st gear) and shift up manually to 2nd and wait for it to catch and immediately back down into low (1st gear) it will stay in 2nd gear until you shift it into 3rd gear.
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If you start off in low (1st gear) and shift up manually to 2nd and wait for it to catch and immediately back down into low (1st gear) it will stay in 2nd gear until you shift it into 3rd gear.
Correct. It will stay in low until you move it to 2nd. But it won't downshift when putting it back into 1st until the RPMs get low enough. It doesn't react like a manual tranny for downshifting.
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I am sure i can just use the drive though for the whole range? Or will that knacker the transmission. Haha seems like a manual rather than an automatic.
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It's absolutely designed to work fine if you leave it in the green dot D. Make sure it is shifting through all 3 gears.
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Ah sweet. Great feedback all. Really appreciate it
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Hi all. Im Adam from uk. Just bought a 66 v8 coupe. Never owned an American car or an automatic before so im a tad embarrassed to ask but... on the automatic stick there is the obvious P for park, N neutral etc and i assume L is for low for steep hills maybe but what the circle with a green centre and the other drive option. Haha :/
in up to 1966 the shift pattern was;
p=park
r=reverse
n=neutral
the first detent after neutral is where all three forwards gears come into play, the second detent is where the transmission starts off in second gear, usually called the snow drive as it was done that way to limit the amount of engine power going to the rear wheels in slippery conditions.
l=low

starting in 1967 ford changed the valve bodies to the more normal
p
r
n
d
2
1

shift pattern.
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Not quite right, at least for a '66. The green dot is the normal drive. Page 24 in the owners manual plus 34 years experience driving them.
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Not quite right, at least for a '66. The green dot is the normal drive. Page 24 in the owners manual plus 34 years experience driving them.
there were two green dots, the first one is the full range drive.
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Its amazing how many different responses ive had on this. Maybe it wasn't such a silly question after all. Thanks again
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Its amazing how many different responses ive had on this. Maybe it wasn't such a silly question after all. Thanks again
No such thing lol
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No such thing lol
agreed, no such thing as a silly, or stupid, question only silly or stupid mistakes.
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I have a silly question.. mustang or vauxhall haha. Thanks guys
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I have a silly question.. mustang or vauxhall haha. Thanks guys
not silly, not stupid, mustang of course. however you did earn yourself a beat down on a mustang forum
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Hahahahahaha. God mustang all the way
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