Take the shift rod off the arm on the transmission. Shift the transmission arm through first, neutral, and reverse. You should be able to feel the detent lock in each position. You may have to rotate the transmission a little to line up the gears.
If so, put the lever in neutral, and adjust shift rod to match. Try to guess the center of slop on the shifter.
Before you do all this, you may want to check motor, transmission, and transfer case mounts. Make sure they are in good condition and secure. Make sure cross member bolts and stay rod are tight. Check bell housing bolts.
: So, I think I answered my own question. I got
: underneath the truck and messed with the
: shift linkage. The cane doesn't seem to be
: engaging far enough. It works if I
: manipulate it manually from underneath but
: then won't engage after a while of shifting
: from the cab. I'll have to figure out how to
: adjust it properly since reverse works fine.
: --Previous Message--
: Hi David
: 1st,Congratulations on your first drive!If
: you haven't already, drain the trans and
: transfer case and see if you find metal.
: This would answer the question, if you do
: find metal rebuild both gear boxes and the
: overdrive if you have one. Metal in the gear
: oil gets everywhere.
: Will R.
: --Previous Message--
: I just took my '59 FC-170 out for it's first
: drive. It was generally successful and I
: made it home. But in first gear, the truck
: makes a slamming noise through part of the
: gear and tries to jump out. Once I get it
: moving, second and third are good, pull
: smoothly and don't make any noise. Ditto for
: I'm wondering if the gear is stripped or
: missing teeth.
: Things I've done or checked:
: The driveshafts and U-joints are tight, no
: missing parts.
: The transfer case, transmission and rear
: diff all have oil.
: I looked through the rear diff fill hole
: while spinning the back tires and didn't see
: anything out of order but I couldn't see the
: pinion ring.
: I have replaced the shifter bushings with
: shock bushings per someone's suggestion here
: on the board.
: Shifter canes are intact and attached. I've
: added a couple of washers here and there on
: the cane ends to take out some of the slop.
: Does anyone have any additional things I
: should check or should I start looking into
: rebuilding the transmission to replace a
: stripped gear?
: Thanks for your help,
: David in Kansas City
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