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With the help from Dmptkr and Chuck, from Chucks' Trucks, along with more information and pictures from the seller, I have been able clarify what it actually is, I think.

It is not the unit I have pictured above, it actually an auxillary unit that bolts behind the original transmission.



I need to find out a little more information from the seller to determine if this is worthwhile unit to buy and install into my truck.
 
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Looks like a basic gear splitter, three speeds
1 - Under (Underdrive, will give a gear a lower ratio)
2 - Direct (Direct drive from the main transmission)
3 - Over (Overdrive, will give a gear a higher ratio)

Gear Splitter come in different configuratons, Under/Over, as above. Under Drive, under/direct. Overdrive, direct/over.

Back when they all had clutches and straght cut gears, you became "A Double Clutchin', Gear Shiftin', Truck Drivin' Man"
 
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Back when they all had clutches and straght cut gears, you became "A Double Clutchin', Gear Shiftin', Truck Drivin' Man"
That's basically what Chuck told me. He said I would be better off with a newer OD transmission from a Ford truck but in doing so I would lose the parking brake unless I did some manufacturing of brackets for the rear of the tranny, which I wouldn't mind trying to do. The only thing that has me interested in this setup is the uniquenest of it and that it being a vintage piece. That could also be the downfall of it, if something were to be damaged in it, assuming it is currently in good useable condition, finding parts for it would be next to impossible. Still, I think, it's an interesting item.
 
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You and me are too much alike.
The common sence thing for me to do is to put a T-5 in my Panel, but NOOOOOOOOOOO, thats too easy. The light duty 3 speed in the 48-50 F-1's (The one with the cast half bell) is the same design that ford started back in 32. Any Hotrodder knows ya got to have a 39 Tranny with Lincoln Zephyr Gears to be cool. Well the F-1 Truck Tranny Has a stronger case than the 39 and the LZ gears will fit in. So now I would have a fairly roadable three speed, but I want an Overdrive for Flyin' the Highway. Oops they don't make a od that will bolt up to that case, but if I take a 42-48 Car bearing retainer and make an adaptor, use a tractor PTO extension and I can mount an OD. All I have to do is make some minor alterations to the original crossmember and add one for the OD.
But NOOOOOOOOOOO, Dick doesn't want the regular Borg-Warner OD, Dick wants a Gear Splitter Overdrive.
Ya see where stuff like this leads too.
I can buy a new WC T-5 for $1150.00 + figure $200.00 for adaptor ect.
If I rebuild my current tranny, install the LZ gears, build the adaptor, crossmember, ETC I'm around $1200.00. The cheapest "New" gear splitter is $2100.00
But I would be the only one in the World that Had that setup.
Cause it's cool.
 
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Man Dick,

My eyes hurt from just reading that.

I just like the unusual. Anyone can dump a SBC in a truck and make it go. I could even go to Darkside and buy a complete Ch**y truck and find parts on every table at the swapmeets but I had my Bonus Built F-2 way back, before all of the good F-1s were scarfed up and no one wante them. The only affordable rigs out there now are the F-2 and F-3s. Look how many have popped up on this board in the last year. I like different that's why I was concidering the conversion but after I talked to Chuck I might just go with the Ford F-100 tranny. I just have get back with him again to see how he mounted the parking brake on the back of it.

Some day I am going to find that one odd ball truck out there, something like this:

 
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I think Truckstell also sold tandem-drive conversions as well as two speed rearends.

This is on a tandem axle Ford I just found
 
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Re: Truckstell Conversion

Growing up on the family ranch in the '60's....we had a 1954 Chev COE purchased new by my great grandad. Tandem axle... dual drive. 4 speed main transmission......3 speed auxilary.
transmission. Truckstell Conversion badges on each side...above the rear of the fender I believe. The conversion was done at NW Truckstell in Portland OR when the truck was newly purchased. My understanding is that the conversion consisted of the aux transmission and the rear driving axle. I don't remember the driveline configuration. I remember going to NW Truckstell in the early 1970's. I think they are still in business at a different location. I remember the truck having a very nice cab, but the 235 6 cyl being very under powered. The 3 levers on the floor made the bench seat comfortable for only two adults. Dad traded it in the early 1970's for a 1968 Ford C700. I hope this may help a little.
 
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Yes, NW Truckstell in Portland, OR. I worked as a line mechanic at a Ford Dealership in the mid 60's, and remember them as being one of our suppliers at the time. They may also have provided "step bumpers" for installing on new pickups. Most of the bumpers I put on were Barden (sp)? but believe some were also from NW Truckstell. Agree that the Ruckstells were from the Model T days - my Dad used to mention them as having an extra low gear for pulling hills and heavy loads. - Bob
 
 
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