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'55 2nd Series Column Shift #403171
02/07/18 03:08 PM
02/07/18 03:08 PM
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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My wife bought a '55 2nd Series 3100 with the 6-cylinder and column shift 3-speed. The previous owner had started an amateur restoration. The column shift was extremely stiff and difficult to shift. The seller said it was because he installed new bushings. Well, we soon discovered he did install new bushings but that nothing to do with the stiff shifter. We took the cover off the box at the end of the shifter where the levers come out and found 62 years worth of crud. We cleaned that out and repacked it with grease. That was better but it was still really stiff. Next to isolate the problem we disconnected the coupling on the inside of the firewall and found the problem was where that long rod on the column threaded into the "elbow" on the actual shifter. After adjusting that everything was smooth as silk and easy to shift with one finger. Now for the problem - On our way to our first cruise-in with the truck as the wife went to shift from 1st to 2nd gear the linkage stuck between gears. I raised the hood and moved the levers and all was good. When I was a kid I remember this happening to my mom's '50 Chevy all the time. I don't believe my dad ever got it fixed. Mom just put up with it. So what is the permanent fix.


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Re: '55 2nd Series Column Shift [Re: olsarge] #403173
02/07/18 04:19 PM
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The problem is in the little box with a cover. There is to much space between the forks. A shim will solve the problem.

Re: '55 2nd Series Column Shift [Re: olsarge] #403183
02/07/18 08:24 PM
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When all else fails you can install a shift neutralizer kit. A spacer is inserted between the cover and box and had a devise that prevents it from slipping into to gears at once. It was an afermarket item that worked. Fits 1949-1954 passenger cars and 1948-1959 trucks. You can watch ebay for one or I can sell you a new one I have for $30 + shipping.


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Re: '55 2nd Series Column Shift [Re: olsarge] #403184
02/07/18 09:09 PM
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Thanks to both of you. I'll PM Chev Nut.


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Re: '55 2nd Series Column Shift [Re: olsarge] #403215
02/08/18 06:47 AM
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Most Holdens from about 1970 to 1984 (3 on column between 1 & 2 and 4 on floor between 2 & 3) had similar issue, had it happen several times in traffic with both boxes. I found that by adjusting the gates so that the selector was fully in nuetral before the lever was it all worked fine. I also learnt to move the lever to nuetral before moving the lever through nuetral, very square movement rather than a straight line helped.
Tony


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Re: '55 2nd Series Column Shift [Re: tonyw] #403239
02/08/18 07:07 PM
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Thanks Tony. Sounds like good advice.


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1935 Sedan (streetrod)
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1955 Nomad
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Re: '55 2nd Series Column Shift [Re: Chev Nut] #403240
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Originally Posted by Chev Nut
When all else fails you can install a shift neutralizer kit. A spacer is inserted between the cover and box and had a devise that prevents it from slipping into to gears at once. It was an afermarket item that worked. Fits 1949-1954 passenger cars and 1948-1959 trucks. You can watch ebay for one or I can sell you a new one I have for $30 + shipping.

Chev Nut, I sent you a private message. Did you receive it?

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See the USA in Your Chevrolet - Preferably a '32 Coupe or Nomad

1932 5-Window Coupe
1935 Sedan (streetrod)
1959 Apache
1955 Nomad
Two 1956 Nomads


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Re: '55 2nd Series Column Shift [Re: olsarge] #403252
02/08/18 11:22 PM
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Yes, will get back to you later this evening.


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