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Username Post: 41 Vacuum shift - photos ? - stay away ?        (Topic#346955)
ceejay-sri lanka 
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09-03-17 02:28 AM - Post#2706543    

Hi all,

I just realized that my recently purchased 41 Chevy coupe does not have vacuum shift.

Am I correct to say that vacuum shift was a standard feature on all production 41 cars ?

Should I stay with the manual gear shift or try to re-install vacuum shift ?

Does anyone have photos of the linkage and the vacuum shift unit installed in their car ?

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41 Chevy shift linkage

Edited by ceejay-sri lanka on 09-03-17 10:01 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


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09-07-17 09:45 PM - Post#2706979    
    In response to ceejay-sri lanka

The vacuum shift was standard equipment on all Chevy passenger cars from 1940-48 and some 1939. Needless to say, it was NOT one of GM's better ideas. These things were so troublesome that thousands of aftermarket vacuum eliminator kits were sold like the one you have on your car now. Back in the day, the kit was commonly stocked by almost every parts store. Unless you are doing a stock resto for show points, there is absolutely no upside to re-installing one on your car.

I can't point you at a photo, but there is this drawing in the parts catalog which might be of help if you haven't seen it already.


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09-10-17 10:26 AM - Post#2707282    
    In response to ceejay-sri lanka

Ray is right. In as much as yours has already been converted, I would leave it alone.
The vacuum shift on my '42 still works good, but I can't get any good pictures of it. The parts List that Ray posted is better than pictures.

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