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1949 Dodge Wayfarer,
SN# 37032385
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1949 Dodge Wayfarer

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1949 Dodge Wayfarer


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Much of the operating flexibility you will experience behind the wheel of your New Dodge is due to fluid drive which substitutes a cushion of fluid for the rigid mechanical connection ordinarily found between engine and clutch. Engine power is transmitted to the drive shaft by means of two parallel-facing rotors operating in a medium of fluid in a sealed housing. One of the rotors, known as the impeller, is attached to the engine crankshaft. The other, called a runner, connects with the drive shaft. As the impeller rotates, it throws a whirlpool of fluid into the runner which causes it and the drive shaft to turn.

The fluid drive principle may be demonstrated by placing a whirling fan in front of a second fan which is motionless. Air currents set up by the first fan will cause the second fan to revolve. Enclose these two fans in an air-tight housing-fill the housing with fluid to supplant the air-and you have a very good example of a Fluid Drive unit.

Shifting gears with Fluid Drive and conventional transmission is exactly the same as shifting gears in an ordinary car. You depress the clutch pedal every time you shift. You have three speeds forward and one in reverse. While Fluid Drive enables you to drive all day without ever shifting out of high gear, it is advisable to shift into neutral when your car is going to idle for longer than a few minutes. Shifting into second gear is recommended for faster acceleration after a full stop.

FIRST or low gear gives you maximum pulling ability. A car speed of 5 to 10 miles per hour is sufficient before shifting into second gear. Speed should not exceed 24 miles per hour in low gear.

SECOND or intermediate gear with Fluid Drive is an ideal gear for fast, smooth get-aways. You should shift from second to high at 15 to 20 miles per hour. Speed should not exceed 43 miles per hour in second gear.

THIRD or high gear is your regular cruising gear. If you wish to keep your car in high gear at stops, just shift your foot from accelerator to brake pedal.

REVERSE gear. Bring your car to a complete stop before shifting into reverse to avoid clashing gears. Back up slowly. Be careful to see that no obstruction is behind you.