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1968 four-speed shifter problem

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mgms_1968

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My shifter in my vette is acting up. When I am trying to shift from reverse to the forward pattern I nearly have to hit the shifter with a hammer.


Has anyone else had this problem?

How do I fix this problem.

Thanks
 

silver 80

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Jul 9, 2001
Messages
562
Location
madison,wi
Corvette
1980 silver with blk interior 1987 blue / blue
only from reverse to forward?
how's the clutch pedal?
maybe bushings on the shifter rods?
 
C

Corvettes White

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Some times the shifter just starts to come apart. After two shifters we welded ours together.

George
 
M

mgms_1968

Guest
The clutch feels fine. In fact the cluth is fairly new 15-20,000 miles on it.

Yes the problem only happens when I try to shift from reverse to foward.

My guess is that the shifter itself is the original unit and is just worn out, but would like to know if this is a common problem or not.

Thanks
 

69MyWay

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Jul 3, 2001
Messages
4,364
Location
Auburndale, Florida
Corvette
1969 Killer Shark
I had this problem with my 74 and a stock shifter. I would back out of the drive way, then go to put it in first, and it would lock down. I could usually wiggle and jiggle and it would go, then not give me problems for a long time.

While out of town one time, it did it at a Jiffy store in the middle of the night. I had to get underneath and bang at it to pop it loose.

After that we replaced some of the shifter parts (bushings, rods, etc.) and never had another problem.
 

Camtwister

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Sep 5, 2001
Messages
17
Location
Clovis, CA
Corvette
1971 Onterio Orange BB Covert
Have you checked the linkage adjusting nuts on the reverse linkage? Maybe they managed to viberate loose and it's a simple adjustment / tighting issue. Just a thought.
 

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