Go Back   tbirdforum.com > Thunderbird Model Years > Early Birds [1955-1957]

Early Birds [1955-1957] Have a Super Sharp 1955 to 1957 Thunderbird or just want to learn about them? Show yours off and talk about them here.

Balky shifter

This is a discussion on Balky shifter within the Early Birds [1955-1957] forums, part of the Thunderbird Model Years category; I have a '56 with the 3 speed OD transmission. Won't shift from 1st to 2nd until warmed up, and ...

LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)   IP:
Old 01-27-2012, 03:49 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 0
Jschiech is on a distinguished road
Balky shifter

I have a '56 with the 3 speed OD transmission. Won't shift from 1st to 2nd until warmed up, and won't downshift from 3rd to 2nd at all (sometimes with double clutching). Linkages are very loose in shift levers underneath. Does this sound like the problem or is it a bad synchro?
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)   IP:
Old 01-27-2012, 11:50 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 306
Rep Power: 40
paul2748 is on a distinguished road
Definitely a problem. I would check both ends of the shifter rods for wear. Also the holes that they go into. They may be loose due to wear. Check the nuts holding the arms (levers)that the rods go into (both ends)to see if they are loose.. Many of the parts of the shifter, including the rods and arms, are available from the parts suppliers.

If not any of these, then its something in the trans.

Last edited by paul2748; 01-27-2012 at 11:58 PM.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:33 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.0
Garage vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.