3-Speed Floor and Console Shift
See Figure 1
- Loosen the three shift linkage adjustment nuts.
- Install a 1 / 4 inch diameter alignment pin through the control bracket and levers.
- Tighten the three shift linkage adjustment nuts and remove the alignment pin.
- Check the gear lever for smooth crossover.
- Place the hand shifter lever in the neutral position, then raise the car on a hoist.
- Insert a 1 / 4 inch rod into the alignment holes of the shift levers.
- If the holes are not in exact alignment, check for bent connecting rods or loose lever locknuts at the rod ends. Make replacements or repairs, then adjust as follows.
- Loosen the three rod-to-lever retaining locknuts and move the levers until the 1 / 4 inch gauge rod will enter the alignment holes. Be sure that the transmission shift levers are in neutral and that the reverse shifter lever is in the neutral detent.
- Install the shift rods and torque the locknuts to 12-15 ft. lbs. on 1964-65 transmissions, and 18-23 ft. lbs. on 1966 and later transmissions.
- Remove the 1 / 4 inch gauge rod.
- Operate the shift levers to assure correct shifting.
- Lower the car and road-test it.
TRANSMISSION LOCK ROD
Post-1969 models with floor or console-mounted shifters and manual transmissions incorporate a transmission lock rod which prevents the shifter from being moved from the reverse position when the ignition lock is in the OFF position. The lock rod connects the shift tube in the steering column to the transmission reverse lever. The lock rod cannot be properly adjusted until the manual linkage adjustment is correct.