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Old 09-10-2007, 12:05 PM
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three on the tree, gettin stuck

I've got a 65 ford f100 240 six column shift, the shifter is pretty sloppy, and if I dont move it and time it just right, it gets stuck in neutral. where should I start? thanks in advance.
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Swap it oner to a floor shift.............did that in my 1st car,,,,63 Falcon.......


or........get all new bushings etc for your present linkages.....probably all worn out.
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I agree with Poncho....once the linkage bushings get sloppy, the shifting gets hairy. On my 55 Chevy truck, I swapped to a floor shifter. Much happier shifting. Or stick with the column shift and replace the bushings.

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I've rebuilt a 3 speed Ford column before for this reason. And I can assure you that regardless of the condition of the bushings on the linkage between the column and the transmission, that your column is shot too and that's where a majority of your problem lies. Both Ford's cars and trucks of this general era had rather crappy designs for this. There are only two kinds, ones that have just been rebuilt and those that need to be. If you don't mind deviating from stock here, a floor shift conversion is your easiest and cheapest fix.
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I'd rebuild the column, IIRC the 65 PU has the external shift mechanism, and the hardest part will probably be finding replacement bushings. Dennis Carpenter has a bunch of parts for them.

I personally like those column shift trucks... I put a floor shift in my 61 PU and hated it, as it was harder to reach than the column shift..

The one in my 72 pickup went 200,000 miles before I rebuilt it, and it has 335000 miles on it now. It would still work fine if I hadn't put a NP435 in 'er. (granny low 4 speed)

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thanks guys, I'll start with the bushings, n go from there.
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I'm not sure if Ford has the same set up, but GM collumn shift's had a slotted cap on the end that could be adjusted to tighten the clearance between the 2 shift levers (on the end of the collumn, under the hood). I fixed many, many sticking 3 on the trees back in the day by doing this. The gap gets too big between the 2 levers and they don't stop at the neutral gate properly due to too much slop. Can't remember if Ford has the same thing--I think they do.
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I had a 71 F100 with a 3 speed, and it got hard to shift when the front cab mounts got rusty. The cab was putting pressure on the linkage. For my 66 Bronco, I got a bunch of bushings from Jeff's Bronco Graveyard. Don't know for sure if they would have pick up parts, but maybe worth a shot.

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column shift

the collar under the steering wheel that the shift handle is atached to also wears, I pulled out the shift handle, actually it fell out a couple of times. pounded a piece of pipe over the 1 inch part,..then drilled a hole the same size as the hole in the shift hancle ...then poked in the handle and put a bolt thru it ..in my old beater truck It worked that way ok for several years..
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