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I am new to working on tractors more than changing oil and doing some minor testing/repair. Unfortunately, I do not have someone around anymore to call and show me how something works or how it should work. I have the service manual for my 49 WD but for some reason I can not visualize in my head how the shifting tower parts work together with the shifter. I think I get the big concept of how moving the shifter moves the forks which changes the gearing. But how they all move together is something I can not get straight. My problem, I shifted into second gear, and it shifted kind of hard, then it the shift lever just went loose. Meaning it was still in the shifter tower but no longer in contact with the other shifter parts in the tower. My main question, is there a video out there somewhere that shows how the shifter fits into the other shifter parts in the tower and also how those parts move as it is shifted into other gears? I will apologize now for seeming a bit dense from just words and a diagram, I seem to be learn best by visuals especially if they show motion or when motion is indicated some how. Thanks in advance.
 

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Thanks PA318Guy. This thread I think did help a lot. Of course I am at work and not right in front of my parts. From memory I think there is some wear coming into play on mine. I unfortunately have plans after work tonight but will probably be thinking about this instead.
 

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I inspected the wear on my shifter and the pivot pin. The slot for the pivot pin is worn a little but the pivot pin is quite worn. It seems to turn pretty easy, almost wiggly, in the tower. I read in some other forums that that kind of wear can cause grief. I think I will start with replacing the pivot pin and go on from there.
 
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