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Having some problems with my 4-sp toploader shifter... Shifter is sometimes hard to move and gets stuck in gears. To me it seems likes the shifter linkage is binding up or the rods are getting stuck on one another. Does anyone have a picture of how the rods should be connected to the shifter bracket? Not sure I have the right size washers on them.
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This months Mustang monthly has an article on shifter's rebuilding and a picture of a toploader with all the linkage
 

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Great. Thanks.
 

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I think I discovered my problem. Not the original tranny in the car. Toploader was replaced with a T10 at some point. This might be causing some linkage issues as I have been adjusting for a toploader.
 

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Does the binding and getting stuck in gears happen both while driving and when the car is off?

Mine is smooth when the car is off and when upshifting while driving but downshifting while driving takes a lot of force.
 

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I think I discovered my problem. Not the original tranny in the car. Toploader was replaced with a T10 at some point. This might be causing some linkage issues as I have been adjusting for a toploader.
the adjustment is done the same way for either transmission.

the 1-2 and the 3-4 transmission shifter levers are put midway in their travel & the reverse lever is put all the way out of reverse, then put the aligning rod thru the holes in the shifter mechanism, finally tighten up the nuts on the shifter rods. that's it.

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The shifter was identical on the toploader or T10. The rods, of course, were different. Many 65-66 Mustangs came from the factory with the T10, so there's a lot of them out there. The door tag code was the same for either.



 

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aww i hope i dont is what i think it is. i had the same problem when my tranny was not built correctly. the detents and lock outs were missing. and it would have truble going into gear then gettting stuck but one of the problems was that one of those levers that attack up to the transmition was the on the wrong way so i fliped it and then it worked.
 

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the adjustment is done the same way for either transmission.

the 1-2 and the 3-4 transmission shifter levers are put midway in their travel & the reverse lever is put all the way out of reverse, then put the aligning rod thru the holes in the shifter mechanism, finally tighten up the nuts on the shifter rods. that's it.

Z.
Thanks. That's how I adjusted it. I think my problem is with the washers. I doubled up washers on the shifter end of the rods to tighten things up but I think that's wrong. Maybe there needs to be a little slop so they get caught up on one another.
 

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Does the binding and getting stuck in gears happen both while driving and when the car is off?

Mine is smooth when the car is off and when upshifting while driving but downshifting while driving takes a lot of force.
When car is off or idling, things seem fine. Getting stuck in gear after driving for a few minutes and downshifting from 4 to 3 is a pain. Really have to throw the shifter into 3.
 

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The shifter was identical on the toploader or T10. The rods, of course, were different. Many 65-66 Mustangs came from the factory with the T10, so there's a lot of them out there. The door tag code was the same for either.



The only difference I see from the TL and the T10 is the reverse shift lever on the trans is pointed down while the 1/2 and 3/4 levers are pointed up. Is that correct for the T10? Mine levers all point up but pictures I have seen have the R lever pointed down. I'm confused.
 

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You have a beautiful car astoy, I hope you get this worked out so you can enjoy driving that car without any trouble. :thumbsup:
Thanks Dude. Other than the occasional shift problems, the car runs beautifully.
 

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The only difference I see from the TL and the T10 is the reverse shift lever on the trans is pointed down while the 1/2 and 3/4 levers are pointed up. Is that correct for the T10? Mine levers all point up but pictures I have seen have the R lever pointed down. I'm confused.
Depends. In Mustangs, R was left-and-down. In Fairlanes and Falcons R was left and up. T position of the small lever was what determined that.
 
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