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Username Post: 3 on the tree problems        (Topic#350650)
1965SS327 
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04-16-18 11:13 AM - Post#2731170    

Hello, just joined. We have a one owner 65 impala SS with a 327 and a 3 speed. I have asked this question on some other forums and received some great feedback but it’s always good to have a second, third and even a fourth opinion. We are having problems with the 3 speed. It is hard to pull toward the steering wheel to put it in 1st/reverse. 2nd/3rd seem to work fine. I’ve checked the bushings in the linkage and there is some play but non of the rods are moving yet when pulling the shifter towards the steering wheel. Any ideas of the problem are greatly appreciated. Thanks, Mark



 
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rick1965 
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04-16-18 12:26 PM - Post#2731175    
    In response to 1965SS327

the shifter rods shouldnt move as thats the neutral position. you may need to pull the steering wheel and the turn signal assy to lube the sleeve and shifter assy base inside.



 
100 CHEVY 
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100 CHEVY
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04-16-18 04:33 PM - Post#2731205    
    In response to 1965SS327

Put it as close as you can in neutral.
Now,check the 3 parts that come out of the column that connect to the shift rods.
These 3 parts should be very close to the same position and in the center of the travel in the hole in the column.
If not,then adjustment is needed to center it all.
It will not go into,or thru neutral until they are even.
Sometimes,it just needs to be washed out good with carb cleaner and re-lubed to work better.
I've been driving a 3 speed column shift for years.Use it everyday.
Mike.

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1965SS327 
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04-16-18 08:23 PM - Post#2731232    
    In response to rick1965

Thanks rick1965, you are the 2nd person to give me that exact same advice. I will check it out.



Edited by 1965SS327 on 04-16-18 08:24 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
1965SS327 
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04-16-18 08:26 PM - Post#2731233    
    In response to 100 CHEVY

Mike, you stated to clean the bottom area of the column and grease it. Would it have to be disassembled to accomplish this?



 
100 CHEVY 
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04-17-18 06:34 AM - Post#2731273    
    In response to 1965SS327

No dis-assembly.
I'm talking about the lower end of the column under the hood where the shift arms are.
This area collects dirt and the grease gets dry and hard.Cleaning and re-lubing it allows the levers to slide smoothly.
This is in addition to what was suggested above.
A complete adjustment of the rods and levers may be needed to get it to work as well as it can.
Mike.

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1965SS327 
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04-17-18 07:41 PM - Post#2731351    
    In response to 100 CHEVY

I will try to clean and lube the bottom of the column where the tabs are. Saw a YouTube video were a guy was able to spray some spray type lubricant into the column around the shift lever. Does anyone think this will work. This car is actually my fathers and he is not very open to start taking things apart like removing the steering wheel. I have to tip toe around with him. He is getting older and this car has been his baby for a long time. Like I said earlier he is the original owner who special ordered it before they even hit the streets in the fall of ‘64. It was my stay at home mom’s car for the first few years and then just a fun car after that. Always in a garage!



 
bigbowtielover 
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04-18-18 08:49 AM - Post#2731413    
    In response to 1965SS327

You have to pull the steering wheel to fix your problem. I had the exact same issue with mine. Problem got worse in colder weather. I removed steering wheel and soaked the linkage up top and it went from using two hands to move it to two fingers. There is a sleeve that slides and it needs lubing. Mine was bone dry. There is no external way to fix it. You have to go inside. Very easy to do.



 
1965SS327 
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04-18-18 06:49 PM - Post#2731488    
    In response to bigbowtielover

Thanks to everyone. I will just have to talk my father into allowing me to remove the steering wheel.

bigbowtielover, what did you use to lube it?

Thanks again, Mark



 
bigbowtielover 
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04-21-18 09:51 PM - Post#2731827    
    In response to 1965SS327

I soaked it with Moovit! The first time. Second time I used white lithium grease (lubriplate)after partial disassembly. Slippery stuff that lubriplate is. I have several tubes of the stuff I got from a friend that had a repair/maintenance shop back in the '70's and he had many cases of the stuff still.



 
1965SS327 
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06-26-18 08:02 PM - Post#2738273    
    In response to bigbowtielover

Problem solved! Had the steering column removed and everything disassembled and cleaned. The old grease at the bottom of the column had turned to a solid. Once all the old stuff was cleaned out and everything was re-lubed(top and bottom)it works great. Thanks again for everyone’s advise.



 
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