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65 Shifter

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Joined: 07/13
Posted: 07/14/13 08:43 AM

Need some help identifying my transmission and compatible shifter. The Trans code on the door is a "5", which only tells me it is a 4 speed. The shifter has so much play that I can't get into 1st and 2nd. Reverse, 3rd and 4th are fine.  How do I find out which shifter will work with my 65?  My baby is strictly stock and not hi-po, just a 289 2V, so I don't need anything fancy, just factory.  Can you give me some insight?  Thank you.  

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Posts: 223
Joined: 04/13
Posted: 07/14/13 01:58 PM

try this..

and just so the automatic owners don't feel left out in the sloppy shifting department..

let us know how it goes...  

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Posted: 07/14/13 02:13 PM

here is a slightly different article on just the upper handle.. that is probably closer to where you want to start at..

so instead of sweeping.. you will be rowing thru the gears...  

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Posted: 07/14/13 05:16 PM


The problem is typically the rubber bushings on the bolts that hold the shifter arm to the shift box. See them in link provided by waynepp below.

I typically just remove broken rubber bushing bits from bolts and put a couple flat washers on the bolts to bolt shift arm directly to box. This makes shifter feel much more solid but may cause arm to vibrate a tiny bit more, who cares. With new rubber bits it will still feel a bit sloppy.

Your shifter may have rubber bits on side of shifter in recessed holes, the metal cups and springs will replace those and tighten it up more than those. Make sure cups and springs on side of shift arm are clean and greased if you have the metal ones.

Spray WD40 on shift box arms while you are in there if you do not disassemble it.  

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