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Old 11-22-2003, 04:17 PM
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Unhappy Ford 3 on the tree linkage

Hi all. Newbie post here. I have to say first that this is a great community. Now that i have tried to kiss a little tail... I have a 62 Falcon Futura, with 144 cid coupled to a 3 on the tree. My problem is that one of the linkage rods (from the column end to the tranny) came loose from the insulator bushings on the shift bracket. I reattached it, and ever since, I either have the linkage jamming up, or can't shift the tranny with the gears properly corrseponding to where the column shifter is at. I am about to pull my hair out, and would just like to know how I should start going about getting the linkage lined up. I appreciate the help and all your efforts in helping me get my girl back on the road.

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Old 11-22-2003, 06:13 PM
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Maybe you bent the linkage when it fell apart, and now it is shorter. Just a guess.

My 1st car was a 63 Futura ragtop, with a 3 on the tree. I used to power shift it, as a 16 year old will do, and one day, the shifter handle broke right off. The little split pin broke right through the housing.
I ended up puting in a "Spark-o-matic" 3 speed H pattern shifter.
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Is the top end of the rod threaded? Maybe it went out of adjustment while it was undone.
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Old 11-23-2003, 12:53 AM
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You didn't mention if you replaced the bushing with a new one.If you didn't then that is most likely your problem.
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To check the rod alignment, put the car in neutral and make sure that the two arms attached to the column under the hood are level to each other. If they are not, unhook the tranny side and adjust until with the arms level, the rod just slips through the hole on the tranny shift lever. There may be an alignment hole through both of the column arms. If there is, put a best-fit drill or pin through to align the arms, and adjust as I described above.
Good luck!
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