For the AGE’d

Welcome to For the AGE'd!

Made you look! Whatever your calendar says, we're Auto Gear Equipment --- A G E --- and whether you're as manual-shift obsessed as we are, just gearbox curious, or somewhere in between, this page is where each week we'll talk gears and gearboxes, answer your questions, and respond to your comments. Come along. It's no fun without you.

Camping

January 19, 2018

Some ‘Muscle car’ enthusiasts think of the Corvettes, Chevelles or GTOs of their youth and seek to restore their prized example to its showroom floor look and performance. Others dream of what they represented, the baddest and most powerful machines Detroit could build and tuners could modify; these cheerfully tap half-a-century of automotive progress and install engines, induction systems, and suspensions Zora-Duntov and Delorean could only dream of but certainly would have used if they were available. To service the beloved four-speed transmissions installed as original equipment or to harness the power now available, both groups — we’ll call the … Continue Reading

Now Shipping! Lightweight Maindrive Retainers

January 12, 2018

Hard anodized aluminum maindrive retainers for small flange (4.68 inch diameter) 1964-74 ‘Muncie’ and Auto Gear ‘Syracuse’ four-speed transmissions are now available.  And they offer premium performance at a lower cost and half the weight! FEATURES/BENEFITS Original equipment technology. Minimum maindrive retainer durability requirements at General Motors and ford are for more shift cycles than your car will ever see, and both have approved and used hard anodized 356T6 aluminum designs. Made in America. Engineered, cast and machined in the United States, employing American workers, paying American taxes, and protecting American intellectual property. Superior installation tolerance.  Aluminum bends where iron … Continue Reading

If it Doesn’t Say “Syracuse” It’s Just a “Muncie”

For several years every four-speed assembled in our plant has shipped in a special case casting with ‘SYRACUSE’ on the passenger side.  It is, and will continue to be, your assurance that the gearbox you install is 100% AUTO GEAR in design, engineering, manufacture and assembly. There are, however, independent distributors who bring comparable skill and pride to our four-speed product, assembling gearboxes from the very same parts we use.  They purchase kits we call ‘complete, knocked down’ (CKD), an automotive industry term typically used to describe complete automobile kits for assembly in export markets with local content preferences.  Our … Continue Reading

Drift

January 07, 2018

‘Reverse engineering’ is a ten dollar way of saying ‘copying someone else’s work’. It sounds technical, it sounds professional, and it disguises the fact that we’re doing something our parents and teachers told us not to do. Nevertheless, when it comes to automotive service parts it is generally legal as long as features not essential to proper function aren’t duplicated — that would be illegal counterfeiting. If an item is ‘reverse engineered’ from a good sample — typically a single piece, rarely the number required to establish median dimensions or tolerances — and the person or persons hired to do … Continue Reading