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Old 04-30-2019, 06:58 PM   #1
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Default 49-51 Ford Convertible Model O.D. Solenoid

Does the 49-51 Ford CONVERTIBLE model , with the X frame chassis require a special Overdrive Solenoid ( with a flattened corner shape) to clear that X frame? I remember the mid 50's Ford CONVERTIBLES required that special shaped O.D. solenoid in order to clear the frame , not sure if the 49-51 models did as well.
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Old 04-30-2019, 09:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: 49-51 Ford Convertible Model O.D. Solenoid

Don’t hold me to this as my ‘50 convertible doesn’t have an overdrive, but I seem to recall the convertible OD was a different OD from the non-convertible (X member absent) cars. The convertible OD positioned the solenoid at a downward angle to clear the frame vs the standard OD where the solenoid mounted essentially horizontal. Again, don’t hold me to it as I’m really digging in the archives here; I’m not getting any younger.
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Old 05-01-2019, 01:07 AM   #3
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Default Re: 49-51 Ford Convertible Model O.D. Solenoid

Hi; I understand that they are mounted differently ... require a special casting. Newc
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Default Re: 49-51 Ford Convertible Model O.D. Solenoid

This link to our parts drawings shows the particular mounting of the 49-50 Ford convertible arrangement for the overdrive solenoid. I believe this was not used after 1950 converts due to a change in the frame.
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Old 05-01-2019, 06:08 AM   #5
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Default Re: 49-51 Ford Convertible Model O.D. Solenoid

The solenoid is also specific to a convertible. The shaft needs to be rotated one flat if I remember correctly or it might just be different. Either way a regular one will not just bolt up. There is a weep hole on the cover and that needs to be positioned at the bottom.
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Old 05-01-2019, 06:37 AM   #6
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Frank.....so is adjusting that shaft a difficult operation? Can that be done without complete disassembly of the solenoid?
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No you need to disassemble it but not a big deal. Here is the Ford drawing
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:16 AM   #8
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Frank....thanks for your info on this. Could I ask you to send that diagram to my regular email?
This Ford Barn system does not allow me to magnify the attachments so they are readable, I think I can do that if its an email attachment. Hope that isn't too much trouble for you to do. smjfritz@charter.net
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