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Ford 39 Trans How-To Repair Book

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fortyfordguy, May 22, 2006.

  1. Fortyfordguy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2002
    Posts: 643


    Many of you know that I have been repairing these early Ford 3 speed trannies for several years now. I have spent a good amount of time acquiring the needed parts, tools, and experience to do the job well. I have noted for some time that questions about the repairs and gear applications come up frequently on this and other forums. So, I had decided to sit down and write the How-To manual that answers so many questions that the other books, bulletins, etc do not fully do. The past weeks have been nearly given over to taking the photos and writing the tech story to make it a worthwhile effort. If it has my name on it, I wanted it to be well done.

    I am coming down the home stretch and will be taking the files to some printers to get some quotations. I honestly have no idea how many of these I could sell, so I am throwing the project out here to get some feedback on interest. I will upload a sample page to our website. It will be with the other webpages on the "39 Trans Story", but I am also including a link here. It will be uploaded tonite.

    There are over 140 specific photos showing various steps in the Tear-Down and the Assembly of the Ford three speed transmissions. I believe the good stuff (not including title pages, etc) will run to about 50+ pages. All photos will be black and white but the quality looks very good on what I have printed out for my own sample.

    I can't quote any prices at this point, and I am not looking for order commitments from anyone. I would like to get some idea of interest so I can advise the printers what kind of volume to expect on a run.

    If it's something you would like to possibly obtain, drop me an email at just to let me know........... Mac VP
  2. Fortyfordguy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2002
    Posts: 643


  3. Looks good, count me as one.-MIKE:)
  4. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,339


    Looks great, Mac, please check your email.

  5. fordcragar
    Joined: Dec 28, 2005
    Posts: 3,179

    from Yakima WA.

    I'm interested too, check your email.....Larry
  6. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,448


    I'd buy one for sure.
  7. junkmonger
    Joined: Feb 9, 2004
    Posts: 653


    I'll buy one as soon as it's ready!:D
  8. HotRodMicky
    Joined: Oct 14, 2001
    Posts: 1,768


    I'll buy one, too !
  9. I would buy one!!! im need to rebuild mine.
  10. Andy P
    Joined: Oct 1, 2004
    Posts: 27

    Andy P
    from UK

  11. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 5,414

    from Mass

    I'll take two!
  12. burger
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 2,347

    from burbs

    not only would i take one, i'd pay for it!
  13. stickylifter
    Joined: Feb 21, 2005
    Posts: 1,270

    from Detroit

  14. tinmann
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,588


    I need one, possibly two.
  15. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 16,546


  16. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,078


    i'd buy one
  17. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,691


    That's nice looking stuff, I'd buy one!

    When I grow up, I wanna be a Bruce Lancaster.

  18. kornbinder
    Joined: Oct 19, 2005
    Posts: 514

    from Sonora, CA

    I could have used a reference like this years ago, damn. Count me in.
  19. 392_hemi
    Joined: Jun 16, 2004
    Posts: 1,737


    I'll take one.
  20. general gow
    Joined: Feb 5, 2003
    Posts: 6,274

    general gow
    Staff Member

    i'll take one. i just got a 39 trans that needs some work. this will be perfect.
  21. spudshaft
    Joined: Feb 28, 2003
    Posts: 447


    I'd like one too.
  22. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    Order for at least one from this address.

  23. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,682

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    I'll take two, one to hoard and one to get're gonna be ahead of "DaVinci Code" around here, at least!
  24. DelSolid
    Joined: May 5, 2006
    Posts: 66


    i'll take one
  25. reece
    Joined: Apr 27, 2004
    Posts: 353

    from NC

    I would like 2.
  26. peanut
    Joined: Mar 16, 2005
    Posts: 489


    count me in!!! good work!!!!
  27. spoons
    Joined: Jan 1, 2004
    Posts: 1,738

    from ohio

    Spoons Will take 1.
    I'll see you at Springfield.....................

  28. Fortyfordguy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2002
    Posts: 643


    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I've been to the printers and we have estimated the price to be about $37 plus postage. Got my copyright paperwork today. It's going to come in around 65-70 pages with over 140 photos. The b&w images look real nice. I'll be finishing up the gear charts and final details over the next 5-6 days before turning it over to the printers. I will be on vacation from the 2nd thru the 11th, so I won't see any proofs until I get back. Provided everything looks ok, I will let everyone know when I am ready to take orders. So far I have about 100 requests and they are still coming in. Thanks for the interest. I'm anxious to get the project finished and into your hands......... Mac VP

    PS: If anyone is coming to the Springfield, OH swap meet, I will be there and have a sample copy from my computer.
  29. Fortyfordguy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2002
    Posts: 643


    Just a last bump on this subject to let everyone know how the book is coming. I've spent the better part of the last 3 weeks finishing up the pics, details, and layout for the book. Just finished everything up today, except I have to take a photo for the cover page. The book came in at 62 pages and over 140 photographs. It basically covers the 32-50 toploaders and all the permutations of them. Price is going to be $35 apiece, plus shipping. I will hand the pc files off to the printer by Friday and should have the proof sample to look over when I get back from vacation on the 12th. I'm actually looking forward to getting away from this project for a week!

    Guys, it looks good. I'm proud of how it has turned out. I've kept everyone's name to contact when I'm ready to take orders. If you havent spoken up, let me know. So far, there are over 150 requests and still coming....... Mac VP

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