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#1 adamjd200 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 18, 2016 - 07:51 AM

Now that I got my '59 RAM running I'm having trouble with reverse, it engages, but won't go backwards, here are some pics of the reverse disk, HELP! 

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Posted October 18, 2016 - 09:14 AM

Is that variable sheave free and moving?

 

Looks like its been sitting for a while and could be rusted in place, the center should slide back and forth on the shaft with the belts off.


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Posted October 18, 2016 - 09:28 AM

Is that variable sheave free and moving?

 

Looks like its been sitting for a while and could be rusted in place, the center should slide back and forth on the shaft with the belts off.

It's free, works going forward, I kept this machine greased while sitting since I bought it, the disk was painted could that have an effect?



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Posted October 18, 2016 - 09:39 AM

when you say it engages does that variable sheave and belts move when you are holding the reverse in?  If so then its an issue in the ratchet / pawn assemblies I would guess. 



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Posted October 18, 2016 - 09:51 AM

when you say it engages does that variable sheave and belts move when you are holding the reverse in?  If so then its an issue in the ratchet / pawn assemblies I would guess. 

I just tried it with the axle disengaged to see how things worked, when I hold it in reverse, it wants to move but stays stationary. 



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Posted October 18, 2016 - 09:57 AM

Looks to me that your alignment is off on the reverse disc to the engine pulley that might have some to do with your issue
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Posted October 18, 2016 - 10:07 AM

Looks to me that your alignment is off on the reverse disc to the engine pulley that might have some to do with your issue

I should mention I pulled that belt back to make it easier to see there, how but it does seem slightly off now that you say that.  How would one adjust that?



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Posted October 18, 2016 - 11:50 AM

I should mention I pulled that belt back to make it easier to see there, how but it does seem slightly off now that you say that.  How would one adjust that?

you need to loosen pulley on engine and slide it to align with Versa pulley If this isn't aligned properly it will prematurely wear the reverse disc out
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Posted October 18, 2016 - 01:06 PM

:ditto:

Definitely an alignment problem with the reverse disc.  I had the same problem till some of the guys on here told me how to line it up.  Do it with the engine off and the engine pulley sliding free.  Pull the lever back and make sure the reverse disc goes in the pulley touching both side even.  The lock down the engine pulley and check it again.  I would get that paint off the reverse disc also.  The disc is supposed to grip and the paint makes it slip.


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Posted October 18, 2016 - 03:30 PM

It looks to me that your reverse disk is worn badly.


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Posted October 18, 2016 - 04:48 PM

""Do it with the engine off and the engine pulley sliding free.""

yes we like our hands! adjusting pulleys with the engine running yikes

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Posted October 18, 2016 - 08:48 PM

It looks to me that your reverse disk is worn badly.

It looks worse than it really is, because of the paint.



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Posted November 09, 2016 - 10:41 PM

What do you guys recommend for breaking the pulley loose from the shaft, I already have the set screws taken out and soaking with PB Blaster, don't want to use heat.



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Posted November 10, 2016 - 09:22 AM

What do you guys recommend for breaking the pulley loose from the shaft, I already have the set screws taken out and soaking with PB Blaster, don't want to use heat.

 

Are you sure you have removed all of the set screws?  ....Sometimes, Bolens would use double set screws (one on top of the other).

 

Is the back (engine side) of the engine pulley flat or concave?  ....If it is flat, you could try using wood wedges between the block and pulley, to exert force on the back of the pulley.  ....Just be sure contact is made against most of the pulley, and not just the outer rim.

 

If the pulley is steel, you could use a jaw-type pulley, but my memory thinks the pulley is cast-iron and very fragile.

 

One of my favorite techniques requires an air hammer with a blunt round punch bit.  .....I exert hand pressure on the pulley, trying to slide it off, while using the air hammer against the end of the shaft.  ...It works 95% of the time.  .....If the end of a shaft is threaded, a bolt is threaded all the way in (to protect the crankshaft), and the air hammer is used against the bolt head.


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Posted November 10, 2016 - 11:19 AM

I let mine soak atleast a week before I attempted to remove the one that was really rusted on my57'

 

Tilt the machine up on one side so the PB blast will sit inside and trickle down the shaft.

AS Bruce mentioned make sure your set screws are out, sometimes they used two in one hole






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