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Posted: 06/08/12 06:14am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Questions for the OP: Do you have the 6.0 L V8, or or the smaller engine now standard in the 190 (4.8 L V6, I think?)? And is the transmission the older 4-speed or the newer 6-speed Hydramatic? I assume we're talking about a RT 190.

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I have a RT 170, 8 cyl.

Sorry....4.8

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MarshaNichols wrote:

I have a RT 170, 8 cyl.
Do you know whether you have the 6.0 liter or the 4.8 liter V8 engine? The 6.0 should have enough torque to drive up any passable road.

How long in distance is this steep hill or driveway? I remember my Dad telling about the old Ford Model T cars that often had to be placed in reverse to back up a steep hill. All cars since then still have more power in reverse than in the lowest forward gear. Just a thought if you are only traveling a block or less.


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Off subject, but I think the Model T had to be backed up the hill was because it had no fuel pump but was gravity fed and the gas tank was in the dash behind the gauges.


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6.0 ... Thanks...correction 4.8

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Thanks everyone. I guess I am just going to have to keep trying different ways...I do worry about that response that mentioned "stalling"...that's my biggest worry!

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6 liter, but 6 speed or 4 speed??? Does it have a tow/haul switch on the shifter?


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candlback wrote:

Off subject, but I think the Model T had to be backed up the hill was because it had no fuel pump but was gravity fed and the gas tank was in the dash behind the gauges.
You might be correct. I don't remember what the gear ratio's were. I do remember the 1 ton pickups had "granny low" that was slower than reverse.

I did look up the ratio's for the Chevy 4L80-E and it surprised me that reverse was faster than low gear.
1st gear - 2.48
2nd gear - 1.48
3rd gear - 1.00
4th gear - 0.75
Reverse - 2.07

I did not try to get off topic, I was guessing he would have a slower gear in reverse to drive up that steep incline.

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The road is 1/4 of a mile at an approx. 20-35 degree slope...driveway is maybe 100 yards and quite steep... 35+ degrees. Wish I had that 6.0 L. engine...hopefully the 4.8 will do....tomorrow is the day. More news (hopefully I have been stressing for no reason!) tomorrow!

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I just got finished test driving it down and up "my mountain"...I went down in 2nd gear and up in drive, but it REALLY slugged so I put the accelerator down and it did okey...got to my driveway and went up in 2nd. Scary, but I hope by the next time, it will be more comfortable. Any additional ideas out there??

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