How much lube should be in an aluminum over/under Warford? I purchased a 27 roadster that has sat for many years. It is equipped with a Warford and has some lube in it now, but I suspect its low.
The company contact information is:
Layne Machine Works, Inc.
1151 N. Chestnut Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64120
816 231 3268
Best of luck,
Whether itís an original or KC Warford, if youíre not sure about the lube, drain it and wash it out with diesel. Then fill it up to the pipe threads of the pipe plug.
Thank you both for the helpful information.
That's going to be too full and be splashing out the top. The new Laynes have a fill level plug in the side.
If you use the 85-140 about 3/4 of a quart will be pretty good. The countershaft and lower gears really slings the oil well
My aluminium Warford has a 1/2" plug on the top which I assume makes it easier to put oil in and a smaller plug on the side about 3"s from the bottom making the oil level about in the centre line of the cluster gears.
Obviously I meant the full plug on the side about 3Ē from the bottom. Jeez !...
Do what George says.
I had an original aluminum Warford for several years.
I kept it full up to the side plug with 80-90 or 75- 140 and it never leaked or lost oil, but it did whine a little unless it was in direct drive.
I would not go too heavy on the gear oil as there are bearings in there that your local convenience store does not stock.
Keep it light enough to be sure everything gets lubed.
We really need some clarification from the original poster as to WHAT aluminum Warford he has. The new ones may not have the same lube requirements as the originals. I use 600w or it's equivalent in my original cast iron unit as it has straight cut gears which would be the same as the original aluminum.