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Column Shifter
#1300044 Thu Feb 21 2019 05:32 PM
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New Guy
Got a 52 with three on the tree. Looking for an secrets in adjusting the linkage. Lots of slop and play at the pivot. Ordered a new pivot ball with spring kit. Opened the box in the engine compartment and all looked good in there and lots of grease. When I had it out for a test run I got hung up in 1st. Just looking for any tips or tricks. Thx.


1952 Chevy 3100 1/2 Ton
Re: Column Shifter
ckrueger #1300046 Thu Feb 21 2019 05:40 PM
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Crawl under the truck and manually place each lever in the neutral position. Then open the hood and look at the position of the levers on the column. If they are not perfectly lined up with the slots adjust as needed to line them up. These old trucks frequently require a soft touch when shifting. Slow deliberate moves pausing at neutral to make the H pattern is the key. 🛠


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Re: Column Shifter
ckrueger #1300070 Thu Feb 21 2019 08:19 PM
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New Guy
I’m having a similar problem on my 49 Chevy 3100. Where did you find rebuild parts to rebuild box on column??

Re: Column Shifter
ckrueger #1300076 Thu Feb 21 2019 09:07 PM
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New Guy
Didn’t find any parts for the box. Just the pivot up at the steering column. Chevysof the forties.


1952 Chevy 3100 1/2 Ton
Re: Column Shifter
ckrueger #1300266 Sat Feb 23 2019 02:28 AM
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Guy's, give this a try and see it it helps. First, you cannot repeat CANNOT push the shift lever on a diagonal from first to second as this makes an "N" pattern and not an "H" pattern. Now a tip to help make the "H" pattern without consciously thinking about it. Grip the lever with your palm facing UP and curl you fingers back towards your face to make the shift. You will find this stops (or sharply decreases) the tendency to move the lever on a diagonal and encourages an "H" pattern movement.


Evan
Re: Column Shifter
ckrueger #1300275 Sat Feb 23 2019 03:25 AM
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You need to o-haul the box on the column. The lever is getting hung up between the shift blocks. You don't need any new parts. Build the worn parts up with weld & grind them smooth.
If the shaft has play in it you can rub the cover on sand paper to cut it down & take up the gap.
George


They say money can't buy happiness. It can buy old Chevy trucks though. Same thing.

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Re: Column Shifter
ckrueger #1300776 Tue Feb 26 2019 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by ckrueger
Got a 52 with three on the tree. Looking for an secrets in adjusting the linkage. Lots of slop and play at the pivot. Ordered a new pivot ball with spring kit. Opened the box in the engine compartment and all looked good in there and lots of grease. When I had it out for a test run I got hung up in 1st. Just looking for any tips or tricks. Thx.


Once you figure yours out, swing by northern CA and fix mine! smile

Re: Column Shifter
e9coupe #1300886 Wed Feb 27 2019 05:14 PM
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New Guy

Once you figure yours out, swing by northern CA and fix mine! smile[/quote]

Working on it this weekend and will let you know how it goes. Got the new pivot ball and spring for the lever in the cab. Hopefully that will tighten things up there plus some re-aligning at the box in the engine compartment will do the trick?????


1952 Chevy 3100 1/2 Ton
Re: Column Shifter
ckrueger #1300891 Wed Feb 27 2019 06:04 PM
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Shop Shark
The best fix I have found is the Muncie 4-speed floor shift transmission smile


-Patrick
1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 / 4-speed / 4:11 / Commercial Red

Re: Column Shifter
ckrueger #1300892 Wed Feb 27 2019 06:08 PM
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When I started having three on the tree problems, I knew it was time to step up to a real transmission a SM420 granny low 4speed.
Colossal gears/bearings that will stand the test of multiple decades.


1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, torque tube still,omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare, all done
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
1964 GMC 1000
305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
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