My father and I are having a disagreement and need some wisdom...
We have the stock 3 speed transmission with the column shift ("three on the tree"). On the actual lever that you shift, it has a bend in it just as it enters the column. Which way is the bend suppose to face? Does the shift lever bend towards the steering wheel or away from it?
Right now we have it bending towards the steering wheel but it does seem that the small end ball does come close to the steering wheel in first gear and fat fingers turning the steering wheel can get caught between the wheel and the end of the shifter.
Mine bends towards the wheel.... but it looks just like yours, Panelman. The bend in the shifter itself brings it back towards the wheel, but in neutral, the shifter as a whole is pointing towards the dash, being spring-loaded that way.
Hmmm... intresting. Mine was probably "worked on" by the prior owner. I'll have to check the 51. I know that it hasn't been touched as the truck is all original. I also have another steering column with the shifter in my parts pile. I'll check it as well if I can get to it.
Sorry. don't want to sabotage your thread but need similar help with my stock 3sp column shifter. I was going to get some rebuild parts but prior to dismantling any further I wanted to know the techniques or whether any special tools might be needed to refit them.
The parts are the bushing at the base of the actual column shift lever. Seems to be held in place by a pin. Does this drill out etc etc??
The bushings on the shift linkages that have rubbers encased in brass washers. When refitted, what holds them in place. how do you refit?
Any help would be greatly received as it is finally sunny here in England and I want to get it all rebuilt and cruise :-)))