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1949 Flathead transmission

Postby KennyB » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:11 pm

Hello everyone. I recently acquired a 1949 Flathead (45 ci), and its a basket case. I'm going to do my best to restore it to as close to stock as I can, but I'm having some issues finding parts. The part I'm having the most trouble with is the transmission. I'm looking for a 3-speed, 3-bolt, no reverse transmission. It needs to be either free-moving or needing only minimal work. If anyone has or knows where I could find one, I would be much appreciative.

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Re: 1949 Flathead transmission

Postby john HD » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:13 pm

kenny,

welcome to the forum!

i have seen about one a week lately on ebay. usually in the 1000 to 1500 range.

john

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Re: 1949 Flathead transmission

Postby KennyB » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:23 pm

Hi John
Thanks for the lead . I sure didn't expect a reply this quick. I will check it out and let you know what I find.
Kenny

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Re: 1949 Flathead transmission

Postby RUBONE » Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:33 am

Kenny,
Keep in mind that even if you find a 3&R box it is the same. And using a standard 3 speed shifter gate effectively locks out the reverse function. O just open it up and replace reverse gear with the spacer like a 3 speed. Don't let reverse put you off.
And welcome to the forum. We like 45s...
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Re: 1949 Flathead transmission

Postby RCamp » Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:23 am

Kenny,
If you find something, and need any parts for your re-build let me know. I should have any O.E.M. parts that you may need.
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Re: 1949 Flathead transmission

Postby flatboy1950 » Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:58 am

Note that the later selector drum in the trans. is the mirror image of the early one in order to reverse the shifting pattern to suit the later gearshift gate.
You cannot simply reverse the little shifter lever on the box of a 45 " ..... as you can on a Big Twin.


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