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'73 4 speed, rebuild or buy a new shifter?
#1
my '73 Mexican Mach 1 shifter is shot. its a Hurst 4 speed top loader. basically the shims and other internals are worn-out to the point that the shims are actually falling out of position and binding up when I reach for reverse.  I could buy a rebuild kit and attempt to rebuild it myself, or I could buy a whole new shifter with linkages and install kit.  apart from the cost differences, is there any good reason to rebuild what may be the original shifter?
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#2
You could send it out to have these guys rebuild it. They also have rechromed sticks.

https://www.hurstshiftersonline.com/prod...er-d17.htm


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#3
i saw that rebuild service. I don't want to have the car parked for 8-10 weeks without a shifter
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#4
If it’s an original hurst I’d rebuild it myself but that’s just me. You could buy a new one and use the original shift handle and knob.

Going fast is fun but life is short so slow down and enjoy the ride Big Grin Frank
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#5
If it's original and you don't want to deal with it you can always donate it to me!  ;-)


I can add it to my "Projects for the future" shelf and make sure it survives.

kcmash
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#6
Take it from me, send it to Hurst Shifters Online. They did mine earlier this year and what a difference! Only took 4 weeks door to door, but that was in January.
The aftermarket so called correct Hurst shifters are junk. The stick is not changeable and way too long, plus you'll have to buy the linkage kit as well for another bunch of bucks. I did this first and sent it all back to the vendor. There is NO substitute for original on our cars. As for rebuild kits, only if it's exact for the original Hurst Comp Plus shifter. here's my post on this!
https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-got-...ifter-back
Stanglover.

EDIT: so there's no confusion, mine is for a 71 with a flat stick. 72 & 73 have a round stick.

I learn something new every day!
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#7
(05-03-2019, 08:38 AM)kcmash Wrote: If it's original and you don't want to deal with it you can always donate it to me!  ;-)


I can add it to my "Projects for the future" shelf and make sure it survives.

kcmash

Funny! he could send it to me too!!

I learn something new every day!
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#8
I would rebuild. Even the NOS Hurst Competition Plus shifters are different from factory. I have one and shift rods are smaller on the CP model.
I checked and Dan Williams does not rebuild the Hurst shifters anymore since they sold out. He does have some parts and might be someone to talk with.
Another member has a Mexican Mustang and his toploader was unique and had not been located before. Dan Williams is the best on them I know of.
On his site he says there are 133 different versions of the Ford toploader so can get confusing for sure. You need the tag number off the side of your transmission. Mexican shifters might be different also.
Here is link to info on his site. Go down the price page and he mentions the Hurst parts.
So you have to really know what you are buying or you will get something that is not right for your car.
http://toploadertransmissions.com/dwt-pa...e-list.php


When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??
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David
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#9
(05-03-2019, 08:23 AM)mrmach1 Wrote: If it’s an original hurst I’d rebuild it myself but that’s just me. You could buy a new one and use the original shift handle and knob.

I just watched a youtube video of a guy rebuilding a 4 speed.  I think it convinced me not to do it myself.  if you know exactly what you are doing its straight forward.  I have exactly no idea what I am doing and there are too many small parts that I could get wrong.
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#10
Thank Carolina, I had no idea that a mexican mach 1 top loader might be different, and therefore replacements might not fit. I can't imagine how they would be different, but I accept that they might be
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