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Old 07-08-2002, 07:02 AM
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Post Shifting problems from 1st to 2nd!!!!??

Ive got a 69 camaro with a 400 small block in it mounted to an aluminum 4 speed tranny. I think it might be an m-21 or maybe a t-10, im not sure. Heres the problem. It works fine when cruising, it shifts nice and smoothly. But when I really get on the gas and go to slam shift it into second, I always miss the gear, Its almost as if something stops the shifter from going into second. Im lucky I've got the msd with the rev limiter. The wierd thing is that second to third and third to forth are easy, I can slam those gears almost as quick as an automatic with a shift kit. Its just first to second that sucks. Are there any adjustment I can do to the linkages or anything I can do to fix this. Any advice would be helpful.

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I have the same 4 speed transmission in my car and there is an adjustment for the shift linkage. Get under the car with a good light and put the car in neutral. You should see a hole about 1/4 inch in diameter in the shift arms directly under the shifter. Get an alignment pin, drill bit etc. Line up the shift rods until you can put the pin thru, an tighten. If you are in real tight quarters, you can use a 1/4 inch clear plastic tubing for your alignment pin.

While you are down there move your shift rods around to see if anything is binding. There is a bushing in the end of the shift leaver that connects to the transmission where the shift rod connects. I found one of those binding once after the engine got hot. Took it out, polished the inside of the bushing with a dremel grinding tool and sand paper, reinstalled and it worked perfect. While your in there check the gear lube level of the transmission. While the car is level the fluid should be just ready to pour out of the inspection plug on the side of the transmission.

Hope this information solves your problem.
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