And on an older transmission, the clutch release lever hits the transmission bell housing, as I discovered right after removing these bolts. Since both of these represented the least-expensive alternatives, it was a subtle signal that the economy was finally beginning to improve. Jack and his vast knowledge of vintage Fords also handled going through the stock transmission, starter, and generator to make sure the mechanical extremities were up to snuff. The case grew several times to accommodate various clutches and gear diameters. I haven't paid much attention to post 1948 versions. I've also got the original 3spd transmission out of the truck, that has the rear section for an open driveshaft. He also wrote a book on these trans.
The synchronizer sleeve slides back and forth to engage second gear as shown here , or to couple the input shaft and output shaft directly. Virtually all Ford's competitors had made the switch years before, and though Henry didn't trust the new systems, their absence on Ford vehicles was considered a safety detriment. I should be able to pickup a '51 box cheap because nobody wants them -- I think it would make a great tech article especially with pictures and measurements. The only conversion i know of is the one for the Saginaw 3. It never was the strongest option but it more than compensated with abundance; Ford installed a variant of the design in every one of the cars and light trucks it built during those 18 years. The shifter housings will interchange on all three cases, as will the clutch release shaft.
Late version cogs can only be used as a set, the earlier should interchange into an earlier set. If i had to guess, i would venture that Ford used up some leftover 48 cases in their first '37 production runs. That would be way easier than making an open drive trans case work with a torque tube. Something tells me somewhere after '50 the trans. VanPelt also offers a considerable catalog of replacement parts, which makes it a lot easier to source new bits for old bones. Harder to see is its split, vee'd windshield, another 1937 innovation.
Maybe Bruce Lancaster could jump in on this. Model: F-1 Years: 1948 1949 1950 Model: Pickup Years: 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 Model: Mercury Years: 1939 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 1948 Model: Passenger Years: 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 1948 Fits vehicles. Model: F100 Years: 1953 1954 1955 3-speed Model: F-1 Years: 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 3-speed Model: Pickup Years: 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 Model: Mercury Years: 1939 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 Model: Passenger Years: 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 Fits vehicles. Rebuilding Ford's beloved early V-8 transmissions The transmission Ford produced from 1932 to 1950 is metaphorically and physically next to its famed Flathead engine. There are some pretty good descriptions of how it's supposed to work in a reprint of Repair Manual. The Ford trucks of 1930 featured revised styling and sleek looks. Rob: I great source to check out is Mac Van Pelt Sales.
As always, if you see or read something that you feel is incorrect, and can support a correction with a proven or documented source, feel free to regarding a correction or to add information. Over 140 photos, over 60 pages, plus specification charts, gear charts and all you need to know to do the job yourself. A full load of fuel doubled its 7500-lb curb weight. This is the bare case and the pressed in bushings for the clutch release shaft. The 48 case is a 1936 and the 78 case is a 1939. You've gotta bust them open and check them out.
So, double detent shifters can be found with either the early or later style second-high shift fork. If the synchro ring has the notch for the fork in the center, that's early stuff, if the notch is offset toward the rear of the ring they're late. A four-cylinder version, called the Model B, was also offered, since it was felt many people would be attracted to its greater economy -- and lower price. The common complaint heard in the 1950's and today was that the gearbox would not hold up to use behind a built-up motor in racing conditions. Ford introduced a new V-8 engine in 1932. The final year of the decade marked a first for Ford trucks -- hydraulic brakes -- and other changes for Ford trucks.
The gears themselves looked worn, but no broken teeth, and not excessively worn. I'm not 100% and haven't look at my book to confirm. Model: F-1 Years: 1948 1949 1950 3-speed, long Model: Pickup Years: 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 3-speed, long Model: Mercury Years: 1939 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 long, 1 required Model: Passenger Years: 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 1948 long, 1 required Fits vehicles. If I were contemplating this swap, I would look into adapting the back of the early trans casting to the later trans and shortening and resplining the tailshaft. So you have to drive the pin holding the release lever outside the case, not visible in this picture onto the clutch release shaft. .
Model: F100 Years: 1953 1954 1955 3-speed, 2-lug Model: F-1 Years: 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 3-speed, 2-lug Model: Pickup Years: 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 2-lug Model: Mercury Years: 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 2-lug Model: Passenger Years: 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 2-lug Fits vehicles. This is the bellhousing from the 46 and up Ford truck 4 speed. Furthermore, some of the actual parts used in the newer transmissions were never illustrated in any Ford parts books. Along the way, Wayne also found much needed help and lots of parts thanks to Bryan at Early Ford Parts in Springfield, Ohio. Was planning to use the lincoln trans, but it is way too long to fit in my setup. It could be a 36-38 type that someone ground the tips to make it fit the 39-50 synchro. Two things especially endeared that transmission to enthusiasts.
Model: F-1 Years: 1948 1949 1950 3-speed Model: Pickup Years: 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 3-speed Model: Mercury Years: 1939 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1 required Model: Passenger Years: 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1946 1947 1948 1 required Fits vehicles. So when Henry Ford began brainstorming a successor to the A, he decided to trump Chevrolet with a V-8 engine. Ford trucks in 1931 featured more sleek styling. The new front end, featuring an oval grill was a pioneering design that featured the first conventional front opening truck hood in the industry. Profits made during the Roaring Twenties seemed to disappear overnight, and many automakers didn't weather the financial storm. The clutch release shaft up through 1939 was a straight shaft with a lever pinned on. The original equipment gauges are ergonomically placed have a period appearance along with the Bakelite gear shift knob.