1961 - 1963 F100 Unibody1961, 1962 and 1963 Ford F100 Unibody trucks
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I am new to the forum, and to classic Ford trucks. I understand that this forum is a valuable tool, so thanks in advance for all and any help!
I recently purchased a 1963 F100. It has a 292 Y block in it, with a manual 3 speed transmission, shifted on the column. Most everything appears to be original. From what I understand, it sat in a barn for 15 years before the guy I bought it from did as little as possible to get it running. He used it around his farm for a while. The only issue he said he had was dirt in the fuel tank clogging up the fuel pump.
I live around 80 miles from where I bought it, and was able to drive it home with no issues. On the next trip, a few blocks from home, it would not go into gear. I have ordered the shifter linkage bushings at the bottom of the steering column to see if that fixes the problem. If it doesn't, what else do I need to look for?
Also, what do I need to do to be sure it is road worthy? It needs new tires, the radiator seems to have a small leak, The oil is new and clean. I am pretty handy mechanically, but do not know much about these trucks.
Thanks to all in advance.
I replaced the shifter linkage bushings and still nothing. It seems like it is shifting alright, just not going into gear. I even tried to put it in gear by engaging it under the hood, then start it and it still is going nowhere. Any ideas?
Adjust the clutch by shortening the rod that pushes the clutch fork on the driver side of the bellhousing until you have 1/3 of the pedal travel freeplay. If that fixes it yeah. If not you most likely need to replace the clutch.
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I'm shortening the rod by a 1/4" then checking to see if it helps. I've done that 5 times and no change. So I've shortened it a total of 1-1/4". Should I keep going? Or is that enough to tell me to replace the clutch?
Hey cobraguy, thanks! I think I'm going to try it. Do you have any recommendations for parts? I've been looking at the 3-in-1 clutch kit in the LMC catalog. Also, is there anything else that I should do while I have the tranny pulled? I do have a shop manual coming in the next few day. I hope that will help as well.
I removed the driveshaft and transmission without any issues. My question is, how do I remove the pressure plate and cover? The manual doesn't say anything about having to actually remove the clutch housing. The clutch housing has the back two motor mounts attached to it. Am I going to have to support the engine to remove the clutch housing, or is there another way to do this?
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