Friday, March 3, 2017

GRARSHIFT LINKAGE

Originally I set up the shift arm pointing out to the left which made 1st gear pull back on the shift lever. That is not intuitive and I've always regretted not figuring out how to do it the other way. David from France suggested turning the arm the other way. That looked like it wouldn't work as the firewall was in the way as was the rear of the tranny if mounted in that direction.

Well, a little of head scratching, contortion, welding and cursing it now fits and works GREAT. The first pic shows how I did the first time using a clevis at each end of the shift rod. Lots of slop.

I cut off the end of the arm and welded a new piece on that shortened the arm so that it could be mounted facing the other way and still allow mounting the ball joint. Here is the cut off end and the new welded end with ball joint.
Here is a pic of it installed and that was a tough job to reach in there with two wrenches to tighten it all up.
So, was it worth the trouble, absolutely. The shift is now in the right direction, the slop is gone and the feel is way, way better.

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