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Re: Shifter Bushing Installation
Posted by: Joe Potts ()
Date: October 10, 2016 07:47PM

Took my shaft/tube apart 20 years ago and put the Clark's bronze bushings in. Cleaned things up with a (hand) wire brush as I went along.

At first, it seemed stiff. A month of light driving later, it was fine. Has been ever since (tonight).

Miami, Florida USA
1966 Corsa coupe 140hp 4-speed with "factory" A/C
solenoid-type fuel pump used for priming and backup
3-point retractable seat belts for front seats
8" subwoofer with custom infinite-baffle enclosure in well behind back seat
rear component mids/tweeters powered by outboard amp under pass seat
front mids/tweeters powered by Custom Autosound headunit

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Re: Shifter Bushing Installation
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: November 14, 2017 08:10AM

What is the best lube for the shift tube? Obviously grease, but looking for something that won't dry up like Lubriplate and won't stiffen the shifting at low temps.

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Re: Shifter Bushing Installation
Posted by: RobertC ()
Date: November 14, 2017 08:48AM

flat_six Wrote:
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> What is the best lube for the shift tube?
> Obviously grease, but looking for something that
> won't dry up like Lubriplate and won't stiffen the
> shifting at low temps.


Should not need any lube whether plastic or silicon bronze - never lubed mine (But I live in CA.)

If I lived in a cold place (snow / salt), I would probably use WD-40.

Personally, I would think that hard shifting in cold weather was more a factor of the gear oil than the shift tube.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/14/2017 08:52AM by RobertC.

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Re: Shifter Bushing Installation
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: November 14, 2017 08:55AM

Allan Lacki Wrote:
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>
> Attached is a photo which shows a pair of factory
> stock shift couplers. The shorter one is from a
> 1961-1965 Corvair. The longer one is from a
> 1966-1969 Corvair.
>

Sorry for resurrecting this ancient thread, But is the opposite actually true? Seems the 66-69 coupler should be shorter since the trans is longer.


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Re: Shifter Bushing Installation
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 14, 2017 11:08AM

[www.ebay.com]

I use this stuff for all sorts of things, dry lube. Use the spray as well. Usually get it at the local ACE.

J.O.

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Re: Shifter Bushing Installation
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: November 16, 2017 11:08AM

jjohnsonjo Wrote:
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> [www.ebay.com]
> e-Lubricant-Squeeze-Bottle-4-Oz-/111784417010?_trk
> sid=p2141725.m3641.l6368
>
> I use this stuff for all sorts of things, dry
> lube. Use the spray as well. Usually get it at the
> local ACE.


Seems like the shift tube would need some kind of grease at the bushings, and the shifter itself would enjoy some lubrication on the ball/socket and pivots.

Was just wondering what the people who do a lot of these used?

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Re: Shifter Bushing Installation
Posted by: Allan Lacki ()
Date: November 16, 2017 11:44AM

Hi flat_six

Yes, you are correct! I made a mistake. The 66-69 coupler should be shorter since the trans is longer.

Alsad smiley

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Re: Shifter Bushing Installation
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: November 16, 2017 12:02PM

vairchet Wrote:
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> Quick question: Every late model shifter tube
> assembly that I've taken apart had a plastic or
> paper-like sleeve inside.... does anyone reuse the
> 'anti-rattle' sleeve?

I've seen paper or cloth adheasive tape wrapped around the middle of the inner shift tube. I've read it was to prevent rattling as the car ran over bumps. Eventually the paper unravels and interferes with the shift tube. I remove it.

The tubes have a lack of corrosion protection so I use axle grease and pull a rag on a wire through the outer tube a couple time to coat the inside with a THIN coat of grease. I also coat the inner rod with a THIN coat of grease. This prevents clanking noises when you rattle the tubes, deters corrosion, and won't interfere with the shifting action.

DO NOT PACK THE TUBE FULL OF GREASE!!

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Re: Shifter Bushing Installation
Posted by: RobertC ()
Date: November 16, 2017 12:46PM

66vairman Wrote:
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> vairchet Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Quick question: Every late model shifter tube
> > assembly that I've taken apart had a plastic or
> > paper-like sleeve inside.... does anyone reuse
> the
> > 'anti-rattle' sleeve?
>
> I've seen paper or cloth adheasive tape wrapped
> around the middle of the inner shift tube. I've
> read it was to prevent rattling as the car ran
> over bumps. Eventually the paper unravels and
> interferes with the shift tube. I remove it.
>

I removed it when I put the brass bushings in.

I always thought that the felt pads glued to the inside of the tunnel pan were an anti-rattle aid.

Do not recall any shift tube noise.

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Re: Shifter Bushing Installation
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: November 16, 2017 12:46PM

Allan Lacki Wrote:
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> Hi flat_six
>
> Yes, you are correct! I made a mistake. The
> 66-69 coupler should be shorter since the trans is
> longer.
>
> Alsad smiley


Thanks Al. Didn't mean to throw you under the bus. I'm just getting ready to put a new assembly in my 66 this weekend, have several assorted couplers, and wanted to confirm the correct length.

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Re: Shifter Bushing Installation
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: November 16, 2017 12:48PM

RobertC Wrote:
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> 66vairman Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > vairchet Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Quick question: Every late model shifter tube
> > > assembly that I've taken apart had a plastic
> or
> > > paper-like sleeve inside.... does anyone
> reuse
> > the
> > > 'anti-rattle' sleeve?
> >
> > I've seen paper or cloth adheasive tape wrapped
> > around the middle of the inner shift tube. I've
> > read it was to prevent rattling as the car ran
> > over bumps. Eventually the paper unravels and
> > interferes with the shift tube. I remove it.
> >
>
> I removed it when I put the brass bushings in.
>
> I always thought that the felt pads glued to the
> inside of the tunnel pan were an anti-rattle aid.
>
> Do not recall any shift tube noise.



The pads are for the clutch cable, right?

This tip is golden. The assembly I got from Corventure Dave in PS has grease in it. He must have done this procedure. Now I know why!

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