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Powerglide Automatic Transmission Shift Lever Assembly #1327377 Mon Sep 23 2019 05:34 PM
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Tim-o Offline OP
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1966 Chevy c-10 Short/Step. Powerglide transmission..In tracing down a horn issue, I took off the steering wheel and found burnt wires inside. New harness is on its way. However, I decided to replace the on the column old shift lever with a shiny new one.. I removed the "roll pin" and pulled the old handle out. In inserting the new handle I found a half inch long 3/8 inch diameter spring lying in the area where the lever sets in. In looking at the remaining white grease on the OLD lever, it appears that the spring goes on the end of the lever prior to it being seated into the column and the reinstall of the roll pin. I assembled it that way - and the lever action didn't feel right. Does that spring lie beside the shift lever? Does it provide the "spring back" function when you are operating the lever?

Thanks - Tim-o

Re: Powerglide Automatic Transmission Shift Lever Assembly [Re: Tim-o] #1327515 Tue Sep 24 2019 01:32 PM
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I have been searching the internet and found several posts entitled "how to fix a floppy shifter" that I believe addresses this issue. According to what I have seen, the 3/4 inch spring lies horizontal and presses on the shift lever forcing it to push the lever toward the front of the truck. As soon as my other new parts arrive - I'll give it a shot and follow-up.

Tim-o

Re: Powerglide Automatic Transmission Shift Lever Assembly [Re: Tim-o] #1327571 Tue Sep 24 2019 09:54 PM
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In the interest for furthering Stovebolt education, I found the GM (Saginaw) Shift Lever Spring Replacement instructions at the link below. Tim-o

http://www.steeringcolumnservices.c...rolet-oldsmobile-pontiac/shiftspring.pdf


Last edited by Tim-o; Tue Sep 24 2019 09:56 PM.
Re: Powerglide Automatic Transmission Shift Lever Assembly [Re: Tim-o] #1327726 Wed Sep 25 2019 11:25 PM
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Good reference. Thanks for sharing.


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Re: Powerglide Automatic Transmission Shift Lever Assembly [Re: Tim-o] #1327940 Fri Sep 27 2019 06:12 PM
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One more followup. I was able to seat the spring using this procedure: 1) Insert the shift lever and seat it in position - leaving the roll pin out. 2)Tilt the shift lever toward the dash providing extra room for the spring insertion. 3) Lay the spring flat (in the position it goes in) and compress it so that it squeezes between the shift lever and the column housing. 4) Using a flat screwdriver with about a half inch tip, gently slide the spring down into position. Once in position the shift lever holds the spring in the proper place. 5) Pull the shift lever toward you to align the roll pin hole - while keeping the lever properly seated on the column. 6) Insert the roll pin and cover with the small shift boot. Tim-o


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