- Jan 20, 2022
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- Homer Glen, Il
- My Car
- 1971 Mustang Mach 1 351c FMX trans and 9 inch rear end
I am still waiting to get the Mustang squeezed in to the body shop for final prep and paint. In the mean time, I have been focusing on dialing in some mechanical stuff. I discovered after installing it, that the trans has the wrong shift lever. I didn't realize it was a column shift lever until I couldn't get the shifter adjusted correctly (rookie mistake, as I am new to Ford restoration). It is shorter and moves too much compared to shifter. Park is park but neutral on the shifter is first gear on the trans. I purchased the correct shift shaft on E-bay but my trans guy said the trans needed to come out to install it. I am not willing to remove the trans right now on my back in the garage. He has since agreed that it can be done in the car but it is much harder, but he is willing to do it for me once he frees up. I made a temporary fix so my shifter lines up with the trans gears. I pressed the factory stud out of the shifter and did a lot of math. I calculated that the lever motion at the shifter needed to be shortened by 3/4". I drilled a new hole in the shifter bracket and made my own mounting stud out of a bolt, nuts, a nylon bushing and two nylon washers. I wanted to reuse the factory stud but the hole needed to be close to the bend and I didn't have a completely flat surface to press it back in at the mounting hole. Also, I needed a longer bolt to move the shift rod away from the shifter for clearance that close to the bend of the shifter. It seems to have worked, now all of the gears line up with the shifter. At least I will know with confidence what gear it is in until I get it resolved correctly. I definitely want to get the correct shift shaft installed so I can install the column lock-out, otherwise it could stay like this. Next week, I plan to start prepping the trunk floor and inner quarter panels for paint. I intend to paint the inside panels in my garage, as I am not terribly worried about getting any dirt in the paint. Obviously I will do all I can to minimize any contaminants in the paint but is is not crucial. Most of the areas I will be painting will be eventually covered by trim or headliner or trunk spatter paint. This will allow me to keep progress going until it can get the car in at my friend's body shop.