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Old 02-10-2009, 09:01 PM
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Trouble putting shifter assembly back on a T18

Wow. Didn't imagine it would be so frustrating, so I must be doing something wrong.

As my shop manual says, I put the shifter into the second gear position before attempting to install.

Still, I cannot get it to drop in place. It looks like the trick is to get the reverse gear lever behind the shift collar for 1-2.

Is that all that it could be, or is there something I'm missing??

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Old 02-15-2009, 10:38 PM
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For posterity:

The reverse rod was the issue in mine. On my model T18 (square top cover with 3 rails, 2 forks and a reverse lever inside the case above 1-2 sync) it is tricky to engage the reverse lever with it's rail.

In the end I had to guide the forks onto the 1-2 and 3-4 syncs, the get three corners worth of the cover fasteners installed, with shifter and trans in second gear, and then work the lever around a bit until the assembly fell into place.

I had the trans installed in the truck, and even ran the engine and engaged/disengaged clutch to help the process. somewhat messy.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:02 AM
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So Craigwell,
I am posterity... Thanks for thinking of me!

I recently removed my T18 to replace the clutch and throw out bearing, installed it into the truck... thing is now i can not get the shifter stick in right. Is there a trick to it? It is in reverse gear.


Please advise.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:35 AM
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you need to be in second gear on the 1-2 assembly, and in between for the 3-4. You need to watch that the shift fork for 1-2 slides under the reverse lever. This is tricky.
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Can anyone point me to a diagram of the assembly? I'm not visualizing what needs to be where. The Haynes manual I have is lacking diagrams in this area.
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:29 PM
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First you need to determine if you have an earlier version or later.

Early version has 2 shift forks, and the reverse lever is bolted to the inside of the tranny. This lever fits into a shift rod in the shift housing that has a slot.

The 1-2 gears / sync assembly is towards the output shaft, 3-4 are towards the input shaft

Make sure the 3-4 assembly is in the middle, or neutral. put the shifter into second gear, and move the 1-2 synco assembly forward, so 2nd gear is in engaged.

After this, all you can do is jostle the assembly a bit, until it falls into place. start a couple bolts, use longer ones temporarily even, to help the process. make sure you dont leave longer bolts in place or try to tourque them down when your done.

I've only dealt with the earlier version of the tranny, dont know how difficult it might be with the later versions that have three forks on the shifter assembly.

The Ford Factory shop manuals, Volume 1 specifically, have the best diagrams and descriptions that I've seen.

My manuals are 1977 set, to be clear.
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How can I get a view of the Manual without buying one?
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I just took some pics of the relevant pages of the manual and will add them shortly.
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Not sure what year you have lay4900, but note early T18s will have a T98 cover and a different shift pattern from the later models like Craigwell has.

The Borg-Warner T18 & T19 Transmissions - Novak Conversions
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Craigwell!
What is the title and ISBN of that manual?!?
I'm just about to undergo a rebuild on a 1980 (by the tag) T 18 and those diagrams are excellent!

I know this is an old thread but if you're still here (I hope) please let me know.

Thanks and a lift of the lynch lid.

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I am indeed still here. I don't have the books in front of me now, won't again for a few days (work out of town atm Monday-Friday) but this is what I found on the googler.. This is the correct book.

http://www.forelpublishing.com/demo/demo20077.pdf
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