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Old 01-03-2011, 12:31 PM
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That spring Vince and I mentioned is pretty strong- from Reverse, if you gently pull it into Neutral, the shift lever will *SNAP* w/some force.

I've seen Muncie trannys w/the reverse lever "upside down", so that Reverse was left and down rather than left, up. The problem w/that is if you're not careful, you can grab a big handful of Reverse instead of Second.

I suppose there's a chance that if the reverse spring broke, it could prevent the shifter from reaching Reverse.

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I checked everything over again. All of the bushings are good. I noticed that the reverse lever wants to move (it moves a little when I press far left and up) but it won't go and the 1-2 rod is trying to move. I took the shifter off of the transmission and it appears that the shifter pin is hitting the shifter mounting plate. The mounting plate has a shiny spot on it where it looks like this is happening. Has anyone else experienced this? Do I need to call Hurst to get a different backing plate? I'm able to push the shifter far left on my work bench and operate reverse. I have to put all of my weight on it to get it to pop far left. It literally makes a noise when it engages reverse. I bet that if I disconnect the 1-2 rod that it will go into reverse. I'll try that tomorrow. I attached a picture of the shifter and the pin.
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I looked at the mounting plate again and realized that there had to be enough room with the way that it's shaped. I discovered that the top bolt on the mount plate had two washers which made the bolt head stick out to far. The bolt head was blocking the shifter pin from fully engaging reverse. I'm glad this one is solved! Thanks for all of the help on this.
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Ahh wonderful. Enjoy it in good health and beat on it (the car that is)
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