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Old 12-30-2019, 12:56 PM   #1
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Default Is there such a thing as columbia clutch ?

Was listening to Art Smith original hot rod race song 1951 all other are rip off's.....he mentioned a columbia clutch in a hot rod ford ,then later he says it has an overdrive ..referring to columbia two speed rear axle? guess its just to make a song huh ..?
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Old 12-30-2019, 01:20 PM   #2
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I am not aware of a Columbia clutch as such. I am in the process of having a 1935 Columbia rebuilt. I do not remember any mention of a clutch part This is the second one being done and have been chassing the correct GOOD parts so have been made aware of some of the parts that wear or are cracked. I think I now have the needed pieces! hope so.
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Old 12-30-2019, 01:59 PM   #3
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There's a friction clutch in the Columbia --- sorta like a synchronizer in a transmission to prevent clashing
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Old 12-30-2019, 02:02 PM   #4
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I hear it as "Columbia butts" as in rear ends.

For you folks that don't dig the jive that's two carburettors and an overdrive.
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But there is a switch connected to the clutch. So that you select the overdrive switch on the dash but it won’t try to engage overdrive till you push the clutch pedal in. I don’t know the lyrics but perhaps this is what he’s referring to?
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The clutch inside of a Columbia is normally replaced with teflon, the original material was cork if I am not mistaken.
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Sorry, guys, you're discussing a mis-heard lyric in a song.

Butts, not clutch.

Rhymes with rut. (in the song).

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For your listening pleasure...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl6PvmI7EdI


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There is a so called synchro clutch in the Columbia. It’s there to absorb the shock when shifting in and out of overdrive.
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Old 12-31-2019, 11:15 AM   #10
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Here you go:


http://www.columbiatwospeedparts.com...hro-clutch.cfm


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HOT ROD RACE
(written by George Wilson)
Arkie Shibley & His Mountain Dew Boys - 1950


Now me and my wife and my brother Joe,
took off in my Ford from San Pedro.
We hadn't much gas 'n' the tires was low,
but the doggone Ford could really go.

Now along about the middle of the night,
we were rippin' along like white folks might,
when a Mercury behind he blinked his lights,
and he honked his horn and he flew outside.

We had twin pipes and a Columbia butt,
you people may think that I'm in a rut,
but to you folks who don't dig the jive,
that's two carburetors and an overdrive.

We made grease spots outta many good town,
and left the cops heads spinnin' round 'n' round.
They wouldn't chase, they'd run and hide,
but me and that Mercury stayed side by side.

Now we were Ford men and we likely knew,
that we would race until somethin' blew,
and we thought it over,
now, wouldn't you?

I looked down at my lovely bride,
her face was blue, I thought she'd died.
We left streaks through towns about forty feet wide,
but me and that Mercury stayed side by side.

My brother was pale, he said he was sick,
he said he was just a nervous wreck.
But why should I worry, for what the heck,
me and that Mercury was still neck-and-neck.

Now on through the deserts we did glide,
a-flyin' low and a-flyin' wide,
me an' that Mercury was a-takin' a ride,
and we stayed exactly side by side.

Now I looked in my mirror and I saw somethin' comin',
I thought it was a plane by the way it was a-runnin'.
It was a-hummin' along at a terrible pace,
and I knew right then it was the end of the race.

When it flew by us, I turned the other way,
the guy in the Mercury had nothin' to say,
for it was a kid, in a hopped up Model-A.
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Old 12-31-2019, 12:22 PM   #12
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And you all know, of course, that this song was the prequel to "Hot Rod Lincoln" which starts :

"You've heard the story of the Hot Rod Race
Where the Ford and the Mercury were settin' the pace
That story's true, I'm here to say
'Cause I was a-drivin' that Model A"
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