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Help my WD45 is killing me!

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Dan Reid

08-26-2002 21:55:44

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Hi I'm a new wd45 owner. Mine is a 1956 WD45. It all started out (in the transmission section of my ownership) with it locking in third gear, sound familiar??? I read a few posts and it made sense that the detent balls and rails could be sticking after I saved it from a year or two nap by the previous owner. So I (unfortunately) removed the whole shifter assembly. I couldn't move the two outside rails at all. the middle rail seemed to move very hard. So out came the old diesel fule to hopefully loosen the shifter up. yes the orange fluid inside the tranny was staring back at me. The gears move easily ant i can line up the collar without any troubles. After a week in the diesel, i went to try to shift the outside rail. to my joy then sorrow, it easily shifted all the way forward and TWANG! the detent ball sailed across my shop. I found the ball and it looks rust free. The spring looks in good shape too. I am guessing that the oblong pin is the interlock plunger. (~1/4" x 1/2" oblong piece?) Then what would appear to be the interlock pin dropped out too (~1/16" x ~1/2" pin) Can someone take pity on me and explain how and where these parts go. I guess the detent ball and spring is going to be a patience thing. spring, ball, rail, whoops...try it again. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, all of you are great. My manual isn't so great... At least the WD45's motor pops right off after working with it. If I could only control the gears, I'd be off and running again! After I get humpty dumpty back together again, it sounds like I may need to shim the shifter from some of the other posts, does this sound right

- Dan

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Shirley Richardson

08-27-2002 19:28:00

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 Re: Help my WD45 is killing me! in reply to Dan Reid, 08-26-2002 21:55:44  
I have 1947 ACWD40 with a AC 6ft belly mower for sale. Do yooou know how I can go about selling it.
I live iin Canada. Appreciate any help or advice you can give.

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08-27-2002 17:39:48

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 Re: Help my WD45 is killing me! in reply to Dan Reid, 08-26-2002 21:55:44  
Quick, you better give it to me before it is successful!!!!!

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Butch (OH)

08-27-2002 06:16:12

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 Re: Help my WD45 is killing me! in reply to Dan Reid, 08-26-2002 21:55:44  
Fun aint it? Working on the shift rails can be a bear. Only have worked on 1 WD shifter and it has been a while but I have done several WCs and the interlock works the same as I remember. If I am wrong, somebody chime in and correct me. First off, if it were mine to do I would go ahead and dissasemble the whole tower so I could polish the shafts and bores. Just lay things out on your bench in the order and direction they go back in. You could then also fabricate a spacer washer to place under the clip that holds the shifter in as up and down play in the shifter causes problems too. You also need to check the shifter anti-rotaion pin in the tower for wear. To answer your quesion, this is how you reassemble the rails, just skip the parts that don't apply if you choose not to totaly dissasemble it.
1. Put the tower in a vise with the rail side up.
2. Slide one of the outside rails and stop just short of the detent, install the detent spring and ball with a dab of grease and hold down with a 1/4" soft wood dowel.
3. Slide the rail up to the dowel and then give it a good crack with a soft hammer. That will shear the dowel and leave the detent parts under the rail.
4. Slide the fork(s) on as you push the rail inward. Pay attention to the grooves on the rail so it is turned correctly and tap it to the neutral position which is the center groove on 1-2 & 3-4 rails and the front groove on the R rail.
5. Turn the tower sideways in the vise with the just installed rail down. 6. Grease the 1/4 x 1/2 interlock part and the hole between the center rail bore and just installed rail and place the part in the hole. This will try your nerves a bit. A rod held from the back of the center rail bore will help so you can't get the part past it. If it will not go in flush with the bore you don't have the installed shifter rail in nuetral, or it is turned wrong.
7. Repeat above for the other outside rail
8. install the center rail with smaller interlock pin installed and greased.
9. Resist the temptation to play with the shifter untill you have it on the transmission and held down with a bolt or two

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Dan Reid

08-28-2002 19:55:25

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 Re: Re: Help my WD45 is killing me! in reply to Butch (OH), 08-27-2002 06:16:12  
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

You all rule!

forever in your debt,
- Dan

BTW - anyone have a working tower for sale (as a backup plan of course)

1956 WD45

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08-27-2002 10:20:07

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 Re: Re: Help my WD45 is killing me! in reply to Butch (OH), 08-27-2002 06:16:12  
"I feel your Pain"... I can't help you in any technical advise like Butch, But what I did was buy a good used tower assembly for $50.00.. It was worth it to me..

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