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    Clunky gear change

    Hi, '68 Sportvan with manual three on a tree. 1st gear is difficult to engage and from 2nd to 3rd is 'clunky.' Does the column change have a syncro or is it just gear linkage? Any help/advise greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanz View Post
    Hi, '68 Sportvan with manual three on a tree. 1st gear is difficult to engage and from 2nd to 3rd is 'clunky.' Does the column change have a syncro or is it just gear linkage? Any help/advise greatly appreciated.
    Check to make sure that the bushings where shift rods go into levers arenít worn out. If they are it can give too much slop in the linkage which can make it harder to shift. Your 68 transmission should be synchronized.
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    Clunky gear change

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optik View Post
    Check to make sure that the bushings where shift rods go into levers arenít worn out. If they are it can give too much slop in the linkage which can make it harder to shift. Your 68 transmission should be synchronized.
    Thanks very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by gfleduc View Post
    Thanks! Am in the UK, where would I get the Bushes from Stateside?

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    Bushings

    If you click on the link to the album, it has several bushings listed - the respective vendor is listed with each photo.
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    Crawl underneath and check your bushings. Then check your linkage adjustment. Should be a clean slot in the middle of the "H" pattern. If not, adjust the rods until it is. Also It should shift clean with the motor off. If it shifts clean with the motor off, but not while driving, the problem is your trans or your clutch adjustment. Check your clutch rod adjustment to make sure your getting full release. These old saginaw three speeds are pretty bulletproof, so chances are you trans is not the issue.

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    Cool

    Invest in a nice set of jack stands...
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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