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Old 07-30-2021, 04:49 PM   #1
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So friends have come to the conclusion that the solenoid is trash. When out on the bench and 6V power is applied to it the plunger just oscillates in and out. I an told it should snap in and stay there, so at this point I am going to send it to Tom Endy, if he will have it. Anyone near Danville, Ca selling one?

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Old 07-31-2021, 08:33 AM   #2
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Enlighten us as to what sol you're speaking of or send us to the original post please.


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Old 07-31-2021, 11:20 AM   #3
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Did you use a good battery and heavy wire to test the solenoid? It take quite a bit
of current to pull the solenoid in then the holding windings take over.
Have you seen the BW manual Tom Endy posted? http://www.santaanitaas.org/wp-conte...ner-manual.pdf
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Dave, Is this for a Borg-Warner overdrive?
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Try this:

https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=301734
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Old 07-31-2021, 04:39 PM   #6
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Enlighten us as to what sol you're speaking of or send us to the original post please.


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Borg Warner overdrive, built into the torque tube. The overdrive quit engaging and the owner passed away before he got around to repairing it. I'm not very good at working on these, but did try to get some ideas from Tom Endy's posts and several others. Friends have also come by and done their thing with advice and meters and such. The conclusion I'm getting is that the solenoid is in need of replacement or rebuilding. It's typical Model A. 6V, possitive ground with a push button kick down switch, all done back in the 70's. It's in a big sedan, Murray body 1931. Nice car and I'm just trying to help the owners son get it fixed. I havr a similat set up in my coupe, but it is wired 12V neg. groung and no kick down, just one electrical wire to the unit fron a switch on the column to the solenoid and the cable on my shift lever to engage it. Works quite well, 4:11 rear and 33% overdrive.

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Old 07-31-2021, 08:11 PM   #7
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okay important question Davey! Who nicknamed you Ace Mechanic?
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Snoopy in France, 1917, over a fag and coffee as I repaired his Sopworth Camel, shot up by the Red Baron.
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Old 08-01-2021, 01:29 AM   #9
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Snoopy in France, 1917, over a fag and coffee as I repaired his Sopworth Camel, shot up by the Red Baron.
Good one, Ace.
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I am no BW expert but is it possible that the solenoid is 12 volts not 6?
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