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Old 12-26-2012, 04:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what bushing are you using for the AOD lever that is on the tranny itself? my shifter rod end is a heim joint so I need to run a bolt through the shift lever that is on the tranny
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Why would you need a bushing for a heim joint?
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the heim joint rests on the outside of the shift lever on the transmission and I need the bushing that goes inside of the lever to take up the play so I can run a bolt through the heim joint then through the bushing that is inside of the lever.
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The original bushing was nylon I believe with a lip on the inside to snap over rod when it is pushed into the bushing to hold it in. i don't think this would work for your set up. A real hardware store or maybe lawnmower shop might have an assortment of small bushings to fit your shaft.

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Old 12-26-2012, 06:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yeah i don't think that one will work. hopefully a fellow AOD swapper will chime in
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I used the Lokar rod they sell for the conversion. You could make one from a hardware store parts for a fraction of the costs. I took the costly but easy way out.
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've got a linkage rod to connect the floor shifter to the tranny shift arm. Currently I am using a cut down nylon bushing on the tranny shifter arm to reduce the size if the hole. It seems to work but I don't really car for this rigged job I've done since I don't really trust it. If I torque it all together more it seems like it binds and makes it hard to shift.
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when i was hooking up my lokar linkage at the shifter on my 66, i may have had the same problem. it was loose. i had a small brass metal tube that i cut down and used as a bushing, and i think it will be fine. i too felt like it was kinda rigged and was surprised it didn't fit properly. it will do until i get a different shifter down the road...maybe a 67/68 unit
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If I were doing an AOD conversion, I'd use the linkage kit. Includes a shift rod, and trans lever, to match the Mustang shifter perfectly. And no problems attaching to the lever.

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Old 12-27-2012, 08:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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those little ball joints on the ends of that rod I have and I was going to use them but the shaft coming out is too short to make it through the shifter linkage and still attach washers/nuts.
that rod pictured is pricey and since I already have it up and in place is not an option at his point. to don't want to deal with tranny fluid dropping pan to replace that arm. probably should have bought it in the first place
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:49 AM   #11 (permalink)
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…that rod pictured is pricey…
IIRC, the rod and lever are MSRP $125, about the price of three tanks of gas. If you can't do that, you shouldn't be doing an AOD conversion.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:14 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Your right in the grand picture of the price if the conversion it is a small price especially if you buy a new tranny. I also stated that I don't want to change that shifter lever out
But hey thanks for being a smartass
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Hmmm… I'm just trying to put it in perspective. Sorry if you can't see the humor.
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I used an shift rod from a 73 mustang, cut it up and welded it back together again to get it to fit just fine. It took some time, but I already had the rod on hand so no additional costs. Pics were taken in "P" and I have full range of movement. Hope those help. B
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:52 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I had considered cutting up my original rod and using the ends of it. my rod is working but I just don't like the connection to the transmission shift lever and I am running out of ideas.
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