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Toploader/Hurst combo - hard to shift
#1
So I drove the M-code all this past week & put 400 miles on her. Lots & lots of compliments. Smile

However, at times I thought I sure would like an automatic because this thing is hard to shift. And it is hard to shift. If I tried to power shift it I think I would blow the engine first because it takes a pretty good effort to pull the shifter to 2nd gear. 3rd & 4th aren't so bad but still pretty stiff. Maybe I've become a pansy because I can shift my VW with 1 finger, but this Mach had me muscling the row boat gear pattern with gusto.

Any ideas why it's such a pull on the oar?

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
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#2
My toploader does the same thing. Sometimes you shift with a finger
and sometimes it is hard to find the gear. Sometimes it feels like it
needs a rebuild and other times it is butter smooth. Go figure.
May be just being a toploader.

mike

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#3
Glad to know I'm not being a pansy about it. Lol

I don't have much experience with driving a toploader so maybe this is normal Mike or maybe our transmissions need some attention. Maybe we are just getting old...but I refuse that idea.

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
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#4
Have you changed the bushings in your linkages? Cheapest place to start tightening things up and easiest to do.

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Just cruising along minding our own business when BAM!!! The LAWS show up.
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#5
Second is a grunt on my car too. However, with a 3.50 trac-loc and what I assume is a close ratio toploader it will take off in 3rd gear. Not sure if it indicates that a previous owner knew that there was a problem but the car came to me with an envelope from a transmission rebuild company with a set of hardware for the linkage. The person I bought it from sent me a pic of a toploader and linkage from another car to match to when I tweak the linkage on mine. I'll have a look for the pic and post it for you. Maybe the linkage just needs adjustment?
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#6
Is it hard to shift when the engine is off and the car sitting still? If it is, maybe you could squirt a little lube in the shifter.
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#7
OPN PONY;86705 Wrote:Second is a grunt on my car too. However, with a 3.50 trac-loc and what I assume is a close ratio toploader it will take off in 3rd gear. Not sure if it indicates that a previous owner knew that there was a problem but the car came to me with an envelope from a transmission rebuild company with a set of hardware for the linkage. The person I bought it from sent me a pic of a toploader and linkage from another car to match to when I tweak the linkage on mine. I'll have a look for the pic and post it for you. Maybe the linkage just needs adjustment?

You probably have a wide ratio tranny as the close ratio was used
on big blocks. I also start off in third when I miss first, it is really
easy to do. First thing you notice is the car is a little sluggish.

mike

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#8
How do you guys with toploaders drink your coffee on a morning cruise?

Jim

M code 71 Mach 1, 351 4V Cleveland, Ram Air (not factory), C6 Trans, 3.5 rear
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#9
Jim and Jutta;86715 Wrote:How do you guys with toploaders drink your coffee on a morning cruise?

You don't. Need both hands, feet, eyes and ears to
properly operate the Mustang. I have a nice stereo
system but never use it, too distracting for the task
at hand.

mike

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#10
Don65Stang;86693 Wrote:So I drove the M-code all this past week & put 400 miles on her. Lots & lots of compliments. Smile

However, at times I thought I sure would like an automatic because this thing is hard to shift. And it is hard to shift. If I tried to power shift it I think I would blow the engine first because it takes a pretty good effort to pull the shifter to 2nd gear. 3rd & 4th aren't so bad but still pretty stiff. Maybe I've become a pansy because I can shift my VW with 1 finger, but this Mach had me muscling the row boat gear pattern with gusto.

Any ideas why it's such a pull on the oar?
Funny I don't remember mine being that Hard to shift...Now the clutch that's a different story..Did you flush the tranny & put new fluid in it ?

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