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Username Post: Powerglide question        (Topic#358698)
Marcus 
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11-04-19 12:10 AM - Post#2779504    

So I'm having a problem adjusting the column shifter on my 63 impala and would like to bypass the stock linkage with a cable style system but still retain the column shifter. Is there anywhere that sells such a conversion kit.



 


Andy4639 
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11-04-19 06:41 AM - Post#2779518    
    In response to Marcus

Not sure if they have anything are not for the 63. They have them for the 64 and you might could make it work on the 63. I' call and speak to them.

Shiftworks:


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1956 Bel Air - LT-1/4l60
1964 SS Impala -350 crate/powerglide
1967 Ramp truck - 350/ 4 speed
1971 C 10 - 6.0 LS / 4l80e 4:10 gears 30 years owner
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junky 
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11-04-19 06:52 AM - Post#2779520    
    In response to Marcus

If you follow the instructions in the factory service manual, step by step, it is extremely easy, and precise. Now, if you are inclined to try to reinvent the wheel or create a better mouse trap, it might not be as easy as following the instructions in the manual.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
impala62 
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11-04-19 10:24 PM - Post#2779569    
    In response to junky

My first step would be, check and / or replace all the bushings in the linkage.
Also check your motor mounts and powerglide mount.

If all are in order everything should work fine.

Had the same problem on my 62, also concidered a cable but dicided to do it the origional way.

62 327 4 door hardtop


 
Marcus 
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11-05-19 08:38 AM - Post#2779589    
    In response to impala62

It seems to not want to stay in park regardless of how I adjust it...worried about it slipping into reverse. I did think that maybe the motor/ trans mounts are so worn that it's putting everything out of alignment. Makes sense. I'd rather do it properly ideally. I'll crawl under and check it out today.



 
impala62 
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11-05-19 09:25 AM - Post#2779594    
    In response to Marcus

when under the car also check the bushings in the shift linkage.(hinge point)
Mine were completely missing

Lots of free play in linkage and not staying in park.
Also indicator was way off.


62 327 4 door hardtop


 
junky 
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11-05-19 12:01 PM - Post#2779607    
    In response to Marcus

  • Marcus Said:
It seems to not want to stay in park regardless of how I adjust it...worried about it slipping into reverse. I did think that maybe the motor/ trans mounts are so worn that it's putting everything out of alignment. Makes sense. I'd rather do it properly ideally. I'll crawl under and check it out today.



I had the same problem with my car, and it turned out to be the steering column was out of alignment. Once the column was properly adjusted, and the Powerglide adjustments were made, no more jumping out of park.


Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
Marcus 
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11-06-19 12:42 AM - Post#2779647    
    In response to junky

Interesting, how was your column out of adjustment? I do have a lot of slop in the linkage although even when I manually put the trans in park it just doesn't seem as positive as the th350s I'm used to. This is the first glide I've dealt with.



 
Marcus 
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11-06-19 12:50 AM - Post#2779648    
    In response to junky

Junky, where do I get a service manual for my 63? I think you're right in following the factory directions in this case.



 
junky 
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11-06-19 03:07 PM - Post#2779683    
    In response to Marcus

You are going to need the 1962 Chevrolet Shop Manual, and the 1963 Chevrolet shop manual supplement. I suggest that you look on ebay, and buy the least expensive one available. If you use it, it is going to get dirty, and a new one will look just like the lesser priced ones, in just a few weeks of use. You can also find them online, https://www.dropbox.com/sh/e6y4bdp4z7oagvr/AA BbRH1...

Make sure to only purchase original or reproduction manuals. The Hayes, etc., won't be of much help, since they are generic..

I adjusted my column by the nuts on the threaded rod that holds the column up. Mine was off to the right side, and too high.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
DonSSDD 
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11-06-19 05:21 PM - Post#2779691    
    In response to junky

It’s the 61 shop manual you need and the 63 supplement, the main manual is the 61. The 62 manual is a supplement to the 61, not needed for the 63. Junk had some brain gas.

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junky 
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11-06-19 09:34 PM - Post#2779709    
    In response to DonSSDD

Someday you will be old like me, dealing with complex issues without resolution.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
Marcus 
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11-06-19 11:57 PM - Post#2779712    
    In response to DonSSDD

Good to know...think this will be a good investment in the long run thx



 
DonSSDD 
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11-07-19 08:28 AM - Post#2779725    
    In response to junky

I think we are pretty close in age Junk , I’ll be married 45 years on my next anniversary. I get plenty of brain gas too.

63 Pontiac Parisienne Sport Coupe(CDN Chev mechanically (409, 4 speed),62 Bel Air SC (sold), 59 El Camino (sold), 62 Bel Air SC(sold), 63 SWC Vette (sold),
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Marcus 
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11-09-19 10:57 PM - Post#2779878    
    In response to DonSSDD

So I examined the linkage closer and realized the swivel linkage connecting the column to the adjustable rod was extremely loose. So I tightened it up so there is zero slop now...improved it 100 %. I am able to shift all gears including park with the indicator accurately pointing to the corresponding gear.




 
junky 
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11-10-19 02:45 PM - Post#2779921    
    In response to Marcus

Thanks for the response telling us what you found, and how you corrected it. This goes a long way to helping others, when they do a search looking for answers to problems. There will come a day when all us old timers will have lost our memory and won't be able to help, but our posts will live on for eternity on these forums.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
Marcus 
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11-11-19 01:40 AM - Post#2779952    
    In response to junky

And without the knowledge and experience on this forum I might have wasted money on a aftermarket part, to what turned out to be a relatively simple fix of the original equipment.



 


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