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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2017, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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4 speed shifter, can't find reverse....

I recently purchased a 1966 Impala 327 SS 4 speed. With GREAT difficulty, I can find reverse. Is this worn out? Can adjustment be made?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2017, 05:25 PM
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It could be a mis-adjusted shifter or a broken transmission. I can not tell from here, any more than you can tell me how many fingers I am holding up.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-26-2017, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thank you.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-31-2017, 05:24 AM
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Dave is holding up 3 fingers. Put car in neutral jack it up and try to put it in reverse. If not remove the reverse lever from the shifter. If it goes in reverse then you know it is an adjustment.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-31-2017, 09:07 AM
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If you have a Hurst Competition Plus shifter you can buy the
Steel Bushings and Spring Clips for a four speed shifter here:

Hurst 3327302: Steel Bushings and Spring Clips 3, 4, & 5 Speed Shifters | JEGS

If your Hurst Competition Plus shifter is totally worn out (doubtful) then you can buy the Master Rebuild Kit to replace all internal wear parts here:

HURST COMP Plus 4 Speed Shifter Master Rebuild Kit Replace Internal Wear Parts | eBay

If you have an off brand or even a Mr.Gasket shifter (who owns Hurst brand) you are SOL as there are no known way of repairing it short of machining your own parts out of bar stock or flat stock and trying to modify Hurst parts.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-04-2017, 12:03 AM
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If you have the original Inland Muncie shifter it will have a "T" lockout that you have to lift up before moving the shift lever to the left and forward.

Put the transmission in neutral and lift the "T" handle up. If there is no resistance to the "T" lockout handle, there is a little steel cable inside the shifter tube that has broken. That spring loaded cable lifts the lockout pawl on the shifter mechanism allowing the transmission to be shifted into reverse.

The cable kit is cheap, but it's not easy to change.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-29-2017, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Sorry so late Dave, just saw your reply. Thank you for the information. I am thinking about buying a new shifter. Does anyone you know still make them for my 66 Impala?
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