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Old 11-24-2016, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default Experience with wooden bands

I bought a set of wooden bands and am considering installing them in my 15 centerdoor.Am a bit skeptical about trying them.Any comments or experience concerning them would be appreciated.Phil

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Old 11-24-2016, 12:51 PM   #2
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Wood bands have been used ever since the planetary transmission was invented. Ford factory used cotton but wood was available then as aftermarket and some think they are the bees knees. Try them maybe you will fall in love with how they work.
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I've never read of someone that's used them that's complained about them. Normally glowing reports. There is some business about soaking them in ATF I believe. You'll have to wait for further posters or try the MTFCA Forum site for a quicker response.
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Old 11-25-2016, 10:36 AM   #4
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I googled the subject and decided that they seem to be the way to go. Phil
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I have had cotton, Kevlar, and wood bands on my 19 T.
My dad put the cotton bands on and they were were good.
The Kevlar bands were put on the rebuilt motor and were better.
The wood bands came with the second rebuilt motor and I like their feel best.
When the time comes to replace them I will defiantly use wood bands
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I've also used wood for years - only drawback is it's best to remove trans. cover for replacement as one can pull the rivets through the wood attempting to install through the adjustment access hole.
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Old 11-25-2016, 02:27 PM   #7
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I've also used wood for years - only drawback is it's best to remove trans. cover for replacement as one can pull the rivets through the wood attempting to install through the adjustment access hole.
I see you also have a centerdoor,a real pain to work on the transmission!!
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Yes, yes it is !!!
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Old 11-26-2016, 03:19 AM   #9
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Don't forget to put termite stakes around the car when it's down for the winter.......I have driven a car with them in it the feel was good and they lasted a long time in his car.
I'd say go for it.
I also have a center door it does get a little cozy in there to work on the bands.
That's why when I did the motor 15 yrs ago I put in Kevlar bands. After the initial break in
I haven't touched the reverse band or the brake band in years. It has Rocky Mountains so
Brake band only works when pressed hard.
The low band only gets a 1/4 turn every year or two.
Those cotton bands were replaced couple of years. Especially before the Rocky Mountains went on the car.
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Old 11-27-2016, 12:40 PM   #10
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I have used cotton, kevlar, and wood and the wood are by far the best. But a little tricky to rivet
you have to be careful countersinking the rivet holes. Stevests is right pull the hogshead off.
When I did Winter build project on the six post I put in a set of wood bands before I put the hogshead on.
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Old 11-27-2016, 05:20 PM   #11
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The general opinion seems to be pro wood.I believe that is the route I will go.Thanks to all who responded.Phil
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Pro wood here but be careful during "break-in". You can't "slip" the clutch like you do a standard transmission. If you do you will burn the bands (been there done that). If you burn them they will chatter and that drove me crazy.

I have wood in my 1915 and Cotton in the 23 and 27. I want to try Kevlar as I hear it feels like cotton which I prefer to wood.

Wood DOES last "forever" which is what I am hoping to experience with Kevlar since I am only 62 and no where near dead!
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