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It´s unbelievable. It took the shop 3 1/2 weeks to get my transmission fixed. Fixed is actually the wrong term, it´s still not working right.When i came to pick up my car, the mechanics from the shop took off as fast as they could and only the boss was left to tell me what a great job they did. Well, where is the oilcooler that was supposed to be installed? He couldn´t find one either. What a start... The transmission was supposed to be refreshed. Was it? We´ll find out soon. The shop-owner said that they had difficulties in overhoaling the kick-down-linkage and what I found was a thick peace of wire where the linkage was supposed to be. I´m no expert on that matter, is this right? What does this linkage look like? there is some differences between early models and my 68, but is it really just this kind of conection. The car hardly wants to shift into second, and when it finally does, and you want to accellerate any further, it downshifts again. I turned around after half a mile and drove right back to where I came from. Shop was closed (30seconds after I left). I thought to myself: you are not getting away with this,boys. After half an hour waiting, (I knew he had to be still in there)I drove around the corner so he couldn´t see me and:"surprise" the boss showed up,saw me and pretended to be surprised. Something wrong? Yes, Sir, I just gave you my paycheck and my transmission don´t work.Guess what: I´m kind of pissed here... I left the car right there and drove home in a taxi.You wanna know how the story ends? Read the next chapter in a couple of days. I´ll promise, this is going to turn out just great....for me.
Till then: does anybody know how the kickdownlinkage works on a 68 C4 and what it looks like. These idiots obviously don´t, so I´ll probably have to buy one myself to make it work again. Is it a solid stick or some sort of cable? Should it respond right away like this piece of wire does?Maybe that´s why the shifting is not right?
Thanks for listening to my whining and for any advice on Kickdown-linkage
Ike
 

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I'm not sure I'd let just any shop install an oil cooler, especially one that seems questionable....too much could go wrong there.

The kick down rod on 69 and up (i bet yours too) is a piece of thinwall pipe with flattened ends where it attaches to the tranny and carb lever.....but if you have headers, they may get in the way.

It's nice to see someone not take S__T from a shop with idiots......it's your money, get your money's worth!
 

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Kickdown linkage on my '68 is a cable arrangement. It is attached to the transmission with a clevice-type pin, and to the extension off the accelerator pedal with an adjustable (threaded) fixed piece on the end of the cable. The adjustable travel on this screw, for lack of a better word, is probably 1.5-2". Mine is not real clean, but I can probably get a digital photo if it would help.

Sounds like your "shop" didn't know much. Hope everything turns out right.

Mark
 
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Sounds like they have the trans kick down linkage adjusted improperly. All 65-68 (6 or 8 cyl) stangs use the cable linkage set up for C4 automatics. It is threaded on one end for adjustments....

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