Ford Three Speed Transmission Repairs

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Our specialty is the service of early Ford or Mercury 3 speed standard transmissions from 1928 up through 1962. This includes the Ford and Mercury 3 speed overdrive transmissions from 1949 through 1962. We do not repair any automatic transmissions.

If you are confident in your skills and wish to simply purchase the parts you need, please call our sales office to check price and availability for the items you need. We offer an online parts price guide (see link below) with many of the popular pieces listed. Not all items are listed so be sure to check with us if you don't see it online. Please consider purchasing our book:  The Ins and Outs of Early Ford Transmissions , which is a great guide in the identification and assembly of the 1932-52 transmissions, plus much additional information (gear charts, serial number charts, parts specifications, etc) to help you. Click here for info on the book.

If you would prefer to send your transmission here in Cincinnati, Ohio for service, please contact us for more specific information. We request that all service jobs be discussed and reserved in advance. We normally allow about 4 weeks for a repair job, although it can take longer if a particular part must be located from outside of our parts stock. Regular 1928-48 three speed transmissions can be shipped via UPS, in a compact wood crate to prevent damage. This will protect your transmission, and provide the packaging for the return shipment. We will no longer accept transmissions sent to us in cardboard cartons. We have developed a crate design that works well for the early Ford 3 speed transmissions up through 1948. You can purchase a crate from us for $85.00, which we can ship to you via UPS. Or you can make a crate yourself using the following diagrams (click on links below):


We have the special tools and equipment in our shop, plus the experience of many rebuilds to provide you with competent and efficient repair of your transmission. Our shop rate is currently $95.00 per hour. There is a charge for the casting cleaning process (including repaint) for the four pieces that make up the overall housing. This is a thermal bake process plus a media blast and a hot wash before paint (standard colors: cast blast gray, black, antique Ford green, or antique Ford blue). The charge is $85.00 for regular 3 speed transmissions and $95.00 for overdrive transmissions. There is an additional $20.00 charge for special paint colors. We do not quote a standard rebuild charge since we do not know in advance what parts might be needed beyond the usual bearings, seals, gaskets, etc. Once we have completed the teardown and inspection of your gearbox and gears, we will contact you with an estimate of your total cost of the rebuild.

A common question is how much do we charge for a rebuild. The common wear parts (bearings, seals, thrust washers, gaskets, etc) will typically run about $195.00 to $225.00 but can go higher if additional pieces are needed. A regular three speed toploader transmission typically takes about six hours actual shop time to do a normal teardown, cleanup, and reassembly. Regular side loader transmissions take about 6.5 hours. Overdrive units (1949-60 Borg Warner type) will take a minimum of 10 hours but can take up to 13 hours depending on the level of rusted or damaged parts.

A deposit of $200.00 is required with the start of a regular transmission job. A $300.00 deposit is required on all overdrive transmission jobs. The balance (including return shipping cost) will be assessed on completion of the work. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card. All rebuild work must be paid by credit card.

 We welcome customers who wish to visit the shop or plan to drop off your transmission, but require that you make an appointment ahead of time. Our shop is located in the eastern Cincinnati area (southwest Ohio).

From time to time, we are able to build up transmissions for resale. Due to limitations in available parts or to available time, we may or may not have something on the shelf. We generally build up the '39 style toploaders, in either open drive or closed drive configuration. These do not stay on the shelf long, so check with us to find out what might be available. They will be sold with the gear set we have chosen to build at the time. Regular non-overdrive standard transmissions may also be available from stock. Most transmissions are built-to-order.

Mac VanPelt 
P. O. Box 327
Batavia, Ohio  45103   USA

(800) 299-7496 (in the USA only)
(513) 724-9486 (outside the USA)

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