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Jim    Posted 02-23-2018 at 20:26:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I am going to look at a Ford 860 that looks a little rough but owner said everything works fine except wants to jump out of 3rd gear. Does anyone have any idea what this might be? If not a biggie the price is very reasonable. Thanks

    Rick WY    Posted 02-24-2018 at 20:21:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The detent plungers (also referred to as balls) are accessed from the outside of the transmission housing. I sold my 860, so can’t remember which side. Look for three flathead screws, vertically aligned. The plunger, spring and seal are available from New Holland. Third gear and Reverse detents are typically worn flat on one side. You could try swaping with another gear to troubleshoot the issue. Change all three components if they are the problem. Good luck.

    Ultradog MN    Posted 02-26-2018 at 05:58:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thank you Rick.
    I stand corrected.
    I thought the transmission we pulled went to the shop for detents.
    Must have been it needed something else.

    Jim    Posted 02-25-2018 at 17:37:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I also have an 800 Ford with 5sp and 2 stage clutch mfg in 1955. Are these prone to jump out of gear-unit fairly new to me? I looked for the screws on the side of tranny but didn't see any. Thanks

    Jim    Posted 02-24-2018 at 20:36:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks. Does this require splitting the tractor? Can the detents be turned over so that the good side can engage? Can't really picture how this looks as you can tell by the questions.

    Rick WY    Posted 02-24-2018 at 22:19:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The tractor does not have to be split. Just unscrew the detents from the side of the transmission casting. Not sure if rotating them would be a permanent fix. Goggle “Ford 860 transmission detent balls/plungers.” You will find several links regarding the repair with photos and descriptions.

    Ultradog MN    Posted 02-24-2018 at 09:24:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I'm not as well versed on the Hundreds as on the later ones but have read many posts about this issue over the years.
    Third gear especially wears the detent so they pop out of gear.
    I think? the detent is nla so must be found used. It requires a double split and significant disassembly of the transmission to repair.
    A friend of mine needed that repair and I helped him with the double split then he brought just the transmission into a local ma&pa repair shop who specializes in older Fords. I didn't follow it after that except to help reinstall the transmission afterwards. It worked good after we were done and my friend did not complain about the price which he would have done if it had been expensive.
    He's one of those you see the moths fly out when he opens his wallet.
    Not much help. Sorry
    Those are great tractors.

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