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post #3 of (permalink) Old 07-12-2019, 03:29 PM
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The shift linkage is supposed to have little, nylon washers to tighten things up and make everything move nicely. Those nylon washers wear out. People lose them. They are often missing. Take a good look at your linkage. If they are worn or missing, replace them. This alone will help a lot.

Back in my high school days, I drove a 1970 Fastback with a Cleveland and a 4-speed. The shifter was loose and sloppy. I talked to a friend of mine at the local parts store. He drove a 1970 Boss 302. He told me about those nylon washers and sold me a new batch. After I installed the new washers, it was like I had a new transmission. (They were all missing, as I recall.)

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