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Old September 24th, 2010, 01:53 PM   #1
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1994 F150 manual trans.

Took the shifter out of the trans because it had a little slop to it. Wanted to see if it was a bushing or something. After I took it out, inspected it, and decided to put it back in, I only have reverse....and the selector is actually in the 2nd gear position. It seems that I can only align it into 2nd gear as there are to pins on the sides of the shifters housing. Even with it "wiggling" in neutral it still is actually in reverse.

WTF did I miss here? btw, I did not do anything to the shifter.

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Old September 24th, 2010, 02:11 PM   #2
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your shift forks are not installed into the shift rails correctly, or the shifter isn't installed into the shift forks correctly.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 02:33 PM   #3
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Well I think the issue is that I took the dang thing out when it was either in R or 5th. I'll see if I can't somehow monkey this sucker in on an angle to get it to fall into the pins and fall into the R or 5 spot.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 02:51 PM   #4
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What I really need is to know how to shift into neutral without a shifter installed
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Old September 24th, 2010, 03:26 PM   #5
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I just had my '93 apart to replace the shift 1-2 shift fork. It's real easy to tap the synchro sleeves to set them 'in the middle' to free them up from the gears. Also check your shift forks for wear, one of mine was so bad it wouldn't engage the synchro sleeve.

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Old September 24th, 2010, 03:29 PM   #6
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If you're interested, I have brand new 1-2 and 3-4 shift forks, new rebuild kit for the shift lever ball, and new metal 'freeze plugs' for the shift rails. I ordered them and didn't use 'em.
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All I need is to know how to get the trans into neutral without a shifter. I took it out in either 5th or R (cant remember) and I can't get the angle on it to get it back in that way.

I appreciate the shifter fork advice and possible hook up, but I doubt me removing the "shifter" damaged any internals.
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All I need is to know how to get the trans into neutral without a shifter. I took it out in either 5th or R (cant remember) and I can't get the angle on it to get it back in that way.
Don't worry about getting the angle correct, just 'reset' the trans to neutral and the shifter to neutral and it'll go right together.

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I appreciate the shifter fork advice and possible hook up, but I doubt me removing the "shifter" damaged any internals.
No, you wouldn't have damaged anything, but the reason you took it apart to begin with was because it was loose? Your worn shift forks and shifter pivot is why it's loose.
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All I need is to know how to get the trans into neutral without a shifter. I took it out in either 5th or R (cant remember) and I can't get the angle on it to get it back in that way.
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It's real easy to tap the synchro sleeves to set them 'in the middle' to free them up from the gears.
What he said...
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Old September 24th, 2010, 10:38 PM   #10
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Right....the issue is "how" do I shift it in neutral? I know what needs to be done but I need the directions. Pics help as I have no clue what I'm doing with fords or trans internals
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Old September 25th, 2010, 02:19 PM   #11
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Anyone have a clue? I'm registering on a ford forum right now...
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Old September 25th, 2010, 02:55 PM   #12
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take a picture of the trans with the shifter out of it and post it , my buddy had this same problem with the trans in his ranger and it was a 2 sec fix
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Old September 25th, 2010, 03:16 PM   #13
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Here's one. Had to get good quality in a dim garage and no flash while holding a flashlight. This is looking at sideways.
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use a screwdriver to move the shift forks back into place.
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