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Old 05-25-2013, 11:31 AM
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Building my own T-10 linkage

Putting a Richmond super T-10 in my s-10 that was in my circle track race car. I'm planning on just shortening the existing shifter linkage as the shifter was set back 8" in the race car and it was a nice tight setup with heim joints. I have got a factory mount for the hurst super shifter and it looks like I can just shorten these rods. I don't want to buy the whole hurst install kit just for the factory linkage.

I have shifted the trans on the bench and all forward gears work nice but its a real PITA to get into reverse. Hoping this is just because its on the bench? No linkage interferes with other linkage or anything. Any ideas, or has anybody built their own linkage?


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I always build make my own linkage from aluminum tube and heims. The al tube can be cut to length and tappped with 3/8 NF left and right hand threads. I get the tube and heims from McMaster-Carr.
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I think you may need to have the shifter clamped in a vise for testing on the bench..at least that was the way for me..check clearances and alignment of the shifter pins that way so you can make it work smooth..

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I always build make my own linkage from aluminum tube and heims. The al tube can be cut to length and tappped with 3/8 NF left and right hand threads. I get the tube and heims from McMaster-Carr.
Got a part number for that tubing? I've looked all over the 'net and all I can find with the right ID is too big or small on the OD...

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You will have to call Mcmaster Carr and get the correct terminolgy to find the part on the website. they are helpful in that area..

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No idea what the part number is but I have seen the shifter rods sold in longer lengths pre threaded in Lefthanders catalog. I shortened the ones I already had. Still haven't got this thing to go into reverse nicely though.


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I bought some premade shift rods from Speedway, but it's really thin-walled. I ended up buying some 3/4" solid rod stock that I bored in my lathe and then tapped both ends. A lot of work, especially for those without a lathe. Here's a pic, you can see the difference between the anodized but thin Speedway rods and my 3/4" OD reverse rod.

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