Posted by Bryant Besse on April 18, 2011 at 15:39:24 from (220.127.116.11):
In Reply to: Fordson Pinion posted by MT RON on April 18, 2011 at 14:18:18:
I don't profess to be an authority on the Fordson F, but I am in the process of restoring one. Before I drained the oil from the transmission, the tractor was easily moved by hand. After the oil was drained and the tractor had set for a couple of weeks I was breaking the tractor to disassemble the clutch and transmission. I removed all the transmission housing bolts and had everything blocked up and the rear half of the tractor would not budge at all. I tried everything to no avail. Be sure that the transmission is in neutral. I took off the rear worm cover/hitch plate and blocked both axles off the ground. When I spun the wheels the worm shaft and rear bearing were ejected out the back nice as could be. There was no undue pressure or straining. After that I was able to totally disassemble everything without any further trouble. I think that your worm and ring gear are dry or not able to move because of tar or sludge. That bronze ring gear and steel worm have to be pretty well lubricated to move and allow the ring gear to INDUCE ROTATION. Try pushing a model train worm gear drive and it will undoubtedly self destruct. Try just removing the end cap and see if moving the wheels forward doesn't eject the worm gear shaft. It worked for me.
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