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Old 04-05-2012, 05:05 PM
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'56 Ford three speed with overdrive

Hey guy's, just got out my old Ford three speed with overdrive to mate to my custom Y block, and the electronic actuator that operates it is no good. Anyone know of a source?

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Try Joblot in New York. They specialize in vintage Ford mechanical parts. I think you are looking for the solenoid.
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Rewind it

take it to an electric motor shop that rewinds ill bet they can get it going. ive had them do other things for me
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Thanks guys, I am going to try the rewinding first. I have a friend that works on electric motors who is pretty good at rewinding and I can have him look at it.
If not rebuildable, at least I have somewhere to contact and ask about a solenoid. I had a buddy tell me yesterday that he has seen that kind of solenoid used on some oilfield pumps. Thanks again.
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You are really making me tax my senile old memory here. But, unless I am wrong, that solenoid has 2 windings. The first pulls the solenoid in when the OD engages and the second, weaker one, holds it in while you are driving. The biggest cause if failure was oil entering from the trans and/or the contacts not making properly. I suspect it is going to be pretty difficult to rewind. Good luck.
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That being the case, I will have to try and find one. I showed the part to buddy who told me he has seen that type of solenoid before on some piece of equipment they use for construction. He is going to check it out. I pulled the solenoid out and looked and it does have the two windings and would be really tough to do without the specifics of material used to do the two different windings and the guy who works on motors said he would have to be able find specifics to know how to wind it. I think we may be out of luck there. So, the only choice left is to find one. thanks for the help.
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You are welcome and good luck. Keep us updated on your progress.
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