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Well, finally got the time to put the tranny back together. It's sitting on the bench with oil in it right now; that way, I can turn it every once in awhile and test for leaks.

Thoughts on the matter:

1. Pretty easy, but you really need a partner and a press to make it a go.

2. Parts are getting scarce. I was pretty disappointed with the parts I got from MACs -- the bearings were sealed bearings without snap rings, which are incorrect for this application, and the shafts were too loose and too short. Fortunately, some of the smaller Ford parts specialists had what I needed. But be aware -- some of the common replacement parts, like the slider gear and the synchronizer hub, are getting pretty pricey.

3. The only headscratcher was taking off the second gear. Unless you know there's a key holding it in place, you will wonder how the heck it comes apart. Ask me if you get to that point grin.gif

4. My friend who was helping me and I were really impressed with the relative simplicity of these units, and the fact they look built to last. I really didn't need to replace any of the gears, but did the slider and reverse idler while I was in there.

5. If you have a front bearing retainer that doesn't have an oil seal ('37s and before), get one of the later ones. It'll keep the oil off your clutchplate.

Loads of fun, some scratched knuckles, but at least I understand how it works now.

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Guest imported_V12Bill

Cecil, Now that you are finished smile.gif I can let you know that Joblot Automotive Inc in Queens Village, N.Y. l 800 221 0172 can supply you with FORD Parts that are used in your transmission. They have a catalog available and are reasonably priced, compared to Lincoln suppliers. shocked.gif

Bill

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Yes Bill, good tip, and let's hope all '36 and '37 owners know that their transmissions are the same as '37 Ford, and '38 & '39's are the same gear-wise, '40's and up get more pricey by far, but Joblot used to have those gears too, not sure if they still do, for what it is worth, Rolf

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Bill --

You're right, I actually did end up getting parts from two other folks, Joblot being one:

http://www.joblotauto.com/homepage.jsp

And the other being Early Ford V8 sales:

http://www.earlyford.com/

I spent more time on the phone with Joblot, and they knew what they were doing. In addition, for the parts I was getting, both were cheaper than the bigger Ford parts suppliers. That said, George Trickett did sell me a correct, cad-plated front bearing retainer for $15 -- cheaper than anyone else had.

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