Back at ya,I don`t have any proof other than my friend had an early eighties F100 that had a three on the tree.I have got to admit I was surprized when I saw it and have not seen another.Do you have proof otherwise?
I never knew they were made into the late eighties. I really have a nostalgic feeling about the old column shifters. And 81-F150-Explorer, you're right about them being rare, I've never seen one in anything newer than a dentside. Thanks 85e150six4mtod, those links you provided are a good reference to have! Mine is so old and sloppy, I don't even have to use the clutch to shift - except from a dead stop... I think it's kinds sad they don't make them anymore. Anybody else like these old column shifters?
Anyway, thanks to everyone who responded! That's why I love this site!
I have a 1980 F100, manual transmission 3 speed on the tree and had a catatrophic failure of the shift collar last week. I was stuck driving on the freeway for 50 miles as it failed when I shifted into 3rd gear. I was finally able to safety exit the freeway and getting to my mechanic. Things got worse. I discovered that the shift collar for this truck, E0TZ7228, can't be found anywhere in the country, probably the world. My research led to me to a NOS shop here in CA. The owner had a couple of collars, neither my part. However, the part D9TZ7228 he had was nearly identical except the rim top was too tall by ~3/8 of an inch and the bottom was not fluted at the bottom end to sit in the wiring harness trim cover. In sum, I took the D9 to a machine shop to trim the rim and it works fantastic. Truck now shifts as smooth as butter I was told by so-called 'experts' across the country that it could not be done, that it never work and to buy a used complete column or to convert to the floor. My momma told us 'their is no such thing as can't' and I refused to accept that the D9 couldn't be modified. The one I installed was a geninue, high-quality Ford OEM. The aftermarket D9TZ7228 can be found as ADS0765 from several vendors. So, Ford nation - never give up on your '3 speed on the tree' as solutions are possible with a little imagination and fortitude.
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