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Online Brian Conway

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69 4 Speed Shifter
« on: June 14, 2017, 12:44:39 pm »
If you are looking for some help with the restoration or repair of your 1969, one year only, 4 speed shifter... here is some information with pictures that may be of help.  The 69 Shop manual depiction of the 4 speed shifter is misleading and of no help if you are restoring/repairing your shifter.  The Forward gear shift selectors are mislabeled pg. 06-03-07 see pictures.  For the 69 year 4 speed there is no assembly break down for the shifter that I could find.  Provided is the break down of my shifter.  To accurately reassemble the shifter simply start stacking the parts on the backing plate post .  Start at the LEFT and begin putting each part on top of the next ending at the ' backing plate '.  No torque value is assigned to the backing plate post nut as the original was swedged.  I used a Teflon nut and threaded into place until it stopped on its own.  The 'reverse détente ' is the usual weak spot requiring repair and is a sub-assembly of the shifter. Other tips, experience, suggestions or corrections are welcomed.  Brian
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Re: 69 4 Speed Shifter
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2017, 01:32:40 pm »
Thanks, Brian!
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Re: 69 4 Speed Shifter
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2017, 07:25:40 pm »
perfect - thanks!!


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Re: 69 4 Speed Shifter
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2017, 08:43:59 am »
Thanks Brian! A few things to add.....The steel parts of the shifter body are black oxide. The welding you may encounter was not done under a shade tree but from the factory. If you rebuild,a Dremmel tool with a reinforced cut off disc works nicely to grind off the welds to disassemble.After you reweld these areas,a sloppy splash of black paint on the welded areas is what the factory did. Ford added a support piece to try to shore up the failure prone reverse detent which is included in Bill Heeley's kit. It didn't really help but many orig shifters have this. The rods are phosphate and oil and the trans levers are bare steel.There are paint daubs on the shifter arms but I can't seem to find the pictures as of now.
  All said,you can't see most of this stuff if you have the lower boot installed.

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Re: 69 4 Speed Shifter
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2017, 03:57:40 pm »
Some pictures of the items described by Doug.  The outer support bracket with welded rod for added strength.  The reverse détente ' support piece ' is shown on the lower right ( shaped/formed spring steel ) in the second picture.  In the same picture the reverse detent assembly is shown on the Left and the replaced parts on the Right.  Shift rods are shown in the correct order of assembly and then with the boot in place obscures everything from view but keeps the road debris out.   Over all the shifter assembly is a pretty beefy piece of work and is a real shame that a poorly designed reverse lock out fouls up the whole deal.  Brian
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