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Username Post: 3-speed linkage issues        (Topic#365682)
Gigasaurus 
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Reg: 07-01-21
07-01-21 12:50 PM - Post#2822456    

I have a 55 210 4dr with a 3-speed transmission. It had a 307 in it when I purchased it (25 years ago). The linkage would occasionally get stuck between gears. I would have to get out of the car, and fiddle with the linkage under the hood near the steering box - which would put it back in neutral.

I recently went for an engine rebuild, and they ended up putting a 327 in. I also got the transmission rebuilt. In this new configuration, the linkage continues to jam (a little more often than it used to). But its more problematic now, because I haven't been able to remedy the situation by playing with the linkage by the steering box. Instead, I am now having to climb under the car, and push the linkage down by the oil pan. So its much more dangerous now on a roadside. I think there is something about the 327 that is making it more susceptible to jams.

I need to solve this. I'm hoping to find someone who can fix it for me (once and for all).

Should I be taking this back to the transmission shop that did the rebuild? Or do I need to take this to someone who is an old chevy specialist?

Maybe this is a matter of adjustments? Or maybe there is some sort of "linkage kit" I can get which can be properly adjusted?

Any insight would be appreciated.

I am in the San Diego area (if anyone has someone they can specifically recommend).

Thank you




Edited by Gigasaurus on 07-01-21 12:51 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 


bobb 
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Loc: paradise
Reg: 09-05-03
07-03-21 08:15 AM - Post#2822539    
    In response to Gigasaurus

if you are having the problem that i imagine, the linkage is worn. you would need to find someone that understands the problem and can weld and fabricate to repair this. this repair will also tighten up the shift feel.

70 L camino, grampa engine, g-force 5 spd, road rage suspension. Pray first before all else fails.


 
docjns1 
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docjns1
Loc: upstate NY
Reg: 11-12-19
07-04-21 06:43 AM - Post#2822577    
    In response to Gigasaurus

I doubt it has anything to do with the engine, more likely the linkage adjustment/configuration. Can you ID the trans (assume not original) and are you using the o.e. column or a later or A/M set-up?
Years ago I had a similar issue with a '54 running early 60's engine/trans and aftermarket floor shifter that would loosen up allowing both rods to engage and jam in gear.....scary as well as dangerous!
Here are a few links regarding the adjustment for original linkage:
https://www.trifive.com/d1/garage/56%20Chevy% 20Ass...
https://www.trifive.com/d1/garage/56%20Chevy% 20Ass...
http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/shop/1955/55c...

Steve
*********
'65 Impala SS, Crocus Yellow/blk
327 / 300 L74
M11 3 on the tree
12 bolt 3.31 open dif


Edited by docjns1 on 07-04-21 06:56 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Gigasaurus 
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Reg: 07-01-21
07-04-21 01:53 PM - Post#2822607    
    In response to docjns1

I believe its the original transmission (which I just had rebuilt).

Thanks - those links are great.



 
Gigasaurus 
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Reg: 07-01-21
07-07-21 12:40 PM - Post#2822807    
    In response to docjns1

If anyone knows the right person to help me fix this in the San Diego area (preferably North County)please let me know.



 
LtFrankDrebin 
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LtFrankDrebin
Loc: Quakertown, PA
Reg: 01-25-01
07-27-21 04:49 PM - Post#2823995    
    In response to Gigasaurus

First, check the rubber bushings in the two levers at the bottom of the steering column. It's common for them to dry-rot, fall out, and cause that condition you have. Also, where are you located? You could be very near someone who could help.

'56 210 Townsman wagon 6cyl/3spd OD | '58 Impala Sierra Gold 348


Edited by LtFrankDrebin on 07-27-21 04:49 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Clean50 
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Age: 59
Loc: CA
Reg: 11-07-20
10-24-21 08:20 PM - Post#2829712    
    In response to Gigasaurus

Sounds like you may just need to adjust it. Loosen up both shifter arms under the hood enough for them to slide easy. Go under your car and set the two shifting arms on the side of the transmission in neutral. They must be set in neutral. Get in the car and put your shifting arm in neutral position as well. Again this must be in neutral. Go under the hood (here is the important part) slide each linkage bar up until they are evenly centered. When doing this you must pull all of the play out of the linkage without actually shifting the transmission. Tighten down the nuts and test. The reason why it gets stuck, is because the linkage is not in the even position as it passes through neutral while shifting gears. I hope this helps. I had this problem and it took me a while to figure it out. Good luck!



 
Original57 
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Loc: Houston, TX
Reg: 04-07-09
10-30-21 08:09 PM - Post#2829988    
    In response to Gigasaurus

I have had this problem. Rebuilding the linkage and adjusting probably fixed it for me. However, about that same time somebody suggested, when downshifting from 3rd down to 1st, like when coming to a stop,.. with clutch in, shift thru 2nd gear too. I got into this habit and now I can't remember the time that I had a jam.



 
LtFrankDrebin 
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LtFrankDrebin
Loc: Quakertown, PA
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11-03-21 07:33 PM - Post#2830190    
    In response to Original57

IF you have the need to shift through 2nd on the way from 3rd to 1st, that means there is slop in the linkage. Shifting into 2nd first lifts up the lever on the steering column so that the groove is now aligned so the shift selector can move freely between the 1st/reverse and the 2nd/3rd levers.

'56 210 Townsman wagon 6cyl/3spd OD | '58 Impala Sierra Gold 348


 
f.i.57chevynut 
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f.i.57chevynut
Loc: Granada Hills, CA
Reg: 03-04-09
11-06-21 11:50 PM - Post#2830339    
    In response to LtFrankDrebin

As said in a previous post the rubber in the column levers can get loose or fall apart. Also the 2/3 shift swivel mounted to the inside frame rail had 2 plastic bushings that can go away or wear the shaft that they ride on. The previous post about adjusting is spot on. Good luck.

Tom Ordway tom@57chevys.com If you don't drive it, why have it?
http://www.americantorque.com/page/0/139/


 


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