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Old 10-25-2021, 10:26 PM
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Our hotrod season is over for the year, so I pulled the '36 into the shop. Early in the summer the speedometer quit working so I started taking it apart to diagnose the problem. Probably an broken speedo cable and possible wrecked housing. I unhooked the top end and turned the speedometer head by hand and it worked nicely, good. The top end of the cable felt alright to me, Hmmm, [first pic]. I undid the bottom end of the cable, and it felt good too, Oh, Oh, [pic two]. Once I pulled out the cable and checked it I found it , as good as gold. Then I pulled out the drive mechanism and tested it, nothing the matter, OH, Oh. So I reached in through the speedo drive hole in the extension housing with one finger and tried to turn the plastic gear on the output shaft. This was really hard to do and also very hard to determine whether your finger is slipping on the oily plastic spiral gear, or your finger is actually turning the gear on the output shaft. I guessed the latter. Now I have to take the extension housing off the main case and move the plastic gear back and check the clip that holds it in place. Pic three is all of the stuff taken off to facilitate the removal of the extension housing.
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Old 10-26-2021, 08:23 AM
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It's always some thing.
At least you don't have to hook it up to a computer to fix it!
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Old 10-26-2021, 08:24 AM
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They can turn into a mystery at any moment.
You'll ferrate out the problem though.
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Old 10-26-2021, 09:53 AM
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Old 10-26-2021, 11:04 AM
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You Guys!, -- as much as I like some mystery and excitement in my life, I'd just as soon have You Guys have it and I'll just read about your 'interesting problem solving'.
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Old 10-26-2021, 10:06 PM
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You know how good mystery novels have a couple of twists near the end, well, here's some plot twists. I got the extension housing off and slid the speedo drive gear back off the hold down clip. The clip was just fine and the gear was not spinning on the shaft. So I put the gear back in it's place and started looking a way closer at the things I'd already checked. When I wiped all of the oil off of the driven gear, I found it had two teeth worn shorter, so the worm drive gear would spin not turning the driven gear. All of that removal work for nothing. Then I went into town to find a set of plastic gears, maybe 10% faster, No sweat, Eh. Wrong Mistake. I guessed that the partsman would ask for the numbers of the transmission so I gave them to him. Then he wanted to know the rear-end numbers. I gave them. Oh Oh, an 87 Chevy transmission driving an 85 Ford Ranger rear-end, no, no, no. What's the speedo head?, Well that's a 1936 Ford. What's the speedometer cable? Boy I don't remember, a '79 Mustang I think. "And you want us to find you parts for that, that will make your speedometer read right."
Sometimes, I don't know when to get on my knees and clasp my hand together, or get 'wordy'. So I said, "See I'm trying to also convert my speedo to Kilometers per hour, too."
The partsman said he'd keep looking around. :rolleyes:
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Old 10-27-2021, 03:53 PM
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Old 10-31-2021, 09:13 PM
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After lallygagging around, getting my yard and driveway ready for winter and visiting my distant daughter, I got back at the truck.
The picture is the back of the transmission with the extension housing off. I was going to take another pic off things put back together, but I never got that far, and then Hallowe'en hit.
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Old 01-27-2022, 02:10 PM
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After waiting for parts, and abandoning this poor '36 truck for a long time, I got very aggressive, [I almost raised my voice]. I waited for three and a half months, almost patiently for my speedometer drive gears, then went back to the partsman who had promised on several occasions that my parts were on the way, and asked if he would track the parts while I listened. After shuffling lots of papers and phoning here and there, he discovered that he hadn't ordered the parts. AAARGHAA, this is where I was thinking of raising my voice. With shocking pleasantness I asked him to order the parts now that he was talking to the right partsman to do the job. Ten days later, I got the parts. [pic one].
I had started to put the transmission back together a long time ago so now I took it apart again. [pic two].
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