Music For Swingin' Transmission Swappers!

After hearing the Datsun 710 Theme Song yesterday, I remembered that my old industro-noise band, Murilee Arraiac, recorded a song entitled "Chrysler New Yorker." » 11/15/09 11:00am 11/15/09 11:00am

Vote For Your Favorite Transmission Name!

We got waaaay more entries than we expected in yesterday's Create The Jalopnik Transmission Name contest, so after slogging through all the suggestions (and discarding those with Astroglide references, you pervs- this is serious business here!) we've come up with thirteen finalists instead of the planned "few." The… » 6/10/08 1:00pm 6/10/08 1:00pm

Create The Best Transmission Name, Get Fabulous Prizes!

We love contests, so what better way to brighten the gloom of that ol' Monday salt mine than by thinking up the ultimate cool transmission name? Those of you who have been following the Cool Transmission Name Of The Day series have no doubt looked at names such as Toyoglide and Dynaflow and said to yourselves, "Hey, I… » 6/09/08 11:40am 6/09/08 11:40am


The Simca Vedette came with a scaled-down flathead Ford V8, and any French car that looks like a tiny late-50s Chrysler with a 2.1 liter flathead Ford under the hood is aces in our book... but when that car comes with an automatic overdrive unit with a name as cool as Rush-Matic... why, it vaults straight into the… » 6/03/08 5:00pm 6/03/08 5:00pm

Rock Crusher!

So far we've had only automatics in the Cool Transmission Name Of The Day series, but that doesn't mean The General's indestructible Muncie M-22 doesn't deserve its day of CTNOTD glory. Oh, sure, "Rock Crusher" wasn't its official name, but I'm making up the rules here and I say it qualifies! In addition to being… » 6/02/08 4:00pm 6/02/08 4:00pm


Back when each of The General's divisions designed its own hardware, Buick developed the two-speed Dynaflow automatic from the transmission it put in M18 tank destroyers during the war. Yes, the Dynaflow started out as a transmission for a tracked vehicle! Sadly, this Cool Transmission Name disappeared after the 1963… » 5/30/08 4:00pm 5/30/08 4:00pm


We aren't bothered by the fact that Toyota's first automatic transmission was based on GM's famous two-speed Powerglide, because Toyota came up with one of the best transmission names of all time: Toyoglide! You could get your late-60s/early-70s Crowns and Coronas with the Toyoglide option, and it's a shame that… » 5/29/08 2:00pm 5/29/08 2:00pm

Cool Transmission Name Of The Day: Ultramatic!

We haven't forgotten the Engine of the Day series, but all the research I've been doing for the next round of EOTD entrants keeps turning up the incredible futuristic names that manufacturers used for automatic transmissions. Back when the slushbox was the Next Big Thing, everyone had to have a catchy name, and today… » 5/28/08 4:20pm 5/28/08 4:20pm