Phil, just as a matter of curiosity, was the shudder in the '74 Super Cabs restricted to vehicles with an automatic transmission or did it occur with manual transmissions as well? Personally, I would much rather have a manual transmission than an automatic, but that's just me. When I go to Europe this summer I am going to try to drive a Ranger over there with the six speed manual transmission just to see how it behaves.Hi Clement,
Two piece driveshafts have been around for a long time, and so has start up shudder. Some vehicles are more prone to it than others. My first experience was the 1974 Super Cab launch. Horrible start up shudder on about have the pre production builds. We had to back track on pinion angle and pretty much solved it for Job #1, but there was some midnight oil burnt for sure.
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