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Old 11-10-2019, 10:51 PM   #1
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Default Transmission problem on 41 ford car

I have a flathead 41 ford with original transmission and has a 1950 ford truck engine. I took it out for a drive and when I got home the transmission was stuck in 3rd gear! Transmission was replaced a while back. I disconnected linkage and still won't budge. Any ideas?
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Old 11-10-2019, 11:34 PM   #2
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Put your general location in your profile and maybe some can recommend a local transmission expert.

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Old 11-10-2019, 11:39 PM   #3
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thanks! I will do that.
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Old 11-10-2019, 11:41 PM   #4
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FYI I am in the greater Sacramento area.
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Old 11-11-2019, 05:16 AM   #5
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Try jacking up one rear wheel (with the usual safety precautions) and rocking the wheel back and forth. Sort of rattle the trans up a bit.
Try moving the levers directly at the side of the trans. both levers, not just 2nd/top.

Lastly, if still no joy, pull the side plate and forks etc. and see what has happened.

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Old 11-11-2019, 09:59 AM   #6
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if you get the side cover off, look at the notch in the shift rail to see that its a nice machined, uniform looking notch and not worn on the sides. if you need a whole cover, i have too many, one could be yours for shipping.
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Old 11-11-2019, 12:01 PM   #7
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Sounds to me like the snychro went to far forward (or would it be aft for 3rd???) and the blocks & balls popped out locking up the trans. Just a guess. You'll need to take it out or take of the side cover at least to inspect.
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Old 11-11-2019, 01:34 PM   #8
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Be careful trying to remove the side cover with the trans in the car, may or may not come off in a '41 with trans in place.
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Old 11-11-2019, 02:40 PM   #9
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Are you sure the engine is not locked so you can not shift out of 3rd gear ? Did you try rocking the car to see if it will free up ? JMHO
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Old 11-11-2019, 02:47 PM   #10
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Are you sure the engine is not locked so you can not shift out of 3rd gear ? Did you try rocking the car to see if it will free up ? JMHO

Your description is a symptom of the starter drive being locked-up with the flywheel. Even if the starter drive were locked-up, the trans should still shift. Tim Ayers' post #7 above sounds like a plausible possibility. DD
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Old 11-11-2019, 03:14 PM   #11
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Have you tried having someone push in the clutch while you try to move the side levers on the trans?
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Old 11-11-2019, 04:20 PM   #12
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the engine runs fine. clutch disengages transmission. only thing wrong is the transmission can not be shifted out of 3 rd gear! It stays in 3rd gear. This locked up when I was driving it so I was able to drive it home locked up in 3 rd gear.
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Old 11-11-2019, 04:31 PM   #13
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thank you for all your responses. I think Tim Ayers comment is probably the correct diagnosis but it is the most unfortunate one. That means the transmission has to come out!
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Old 11-11-2019, 07:04 PM   #14
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FYI I am in the greater Sacramento area.
Sacramento is not greater!
(Politicians that is)
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