Ford Top Loader 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. We may be able to assist you on the Ford 4 speed truck transmissions up through 1952, and on the Ford or Mercury three speed transmissions into the early 1960's as well, including the overdrive 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 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 $75.00 per hour. There is a charge for the casting cleaning process (including paint) 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 cast gray paint). The charge is $75.00 for regular 3 speed transmissions and $95.00 for overdrive transmissions. There is an additional $20.00 charge for special paint (ie: Ford green). We do not quote a standard rebuild charge since we do not know in advance what parts might be needed beyond the usual bearings, seals, gaskets, etc.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 $160.00 to $175.00 but can go higher if additional pieces are needed. A regular three speed transmission typically takes about six hours actual shop time to do a normal teardown, cleanup, and reassembly. Overdrive units (1949-60 Borg Warner type) require 10 hours for the overdrive unit itself, plus another 4 hours for the three speed part of the gearbox.
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 of 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.
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