Shift tower question

AA Ford Discussion Group relating to the repair and restoration of your AA Ford.
Post Reply
User avatar
pcpat
Posts: 14
Joined: November 12th, 2015, 12:25 pm
Body Type: AA
Model Year: 1931
Location: Rochester, NY
Contact:

Shift tower question

Post by pcpat » December 14th, 2015, 12:33 pm

Starting some work on the Truck, I figured I would start with the shift tower. It seems to shift but also wants to rotate in place. I took it off, and plan to rebuild it. I found an article written by Tom Endy (http://www.santaanitaas.org/wp-content/ ... ration.pdf) would this be a usable reference, or since this is specifically for a Model A, are there too many differences?

Bob C
Posts: 1259
Joined: April 24th, 2003, 11:50 am
Body Type: Mail truck, Stake tr
Model Year: 1931
Location: SO CAL

Re: Shift tower question

Post by Bob C » December 14th, 2015, 2:56 pm

I think the video in the first post on this link would be more helpful.
http://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthrea ... ht=4-speed

Bob

User avatar
pcpat
Posts: 14
Joined: November 12th, 2015, 12:25 pm
Body Type: AA
Model Year: 1931
Location: Rochester, NY
Contact:

Re: Shift tower question

Post by pcpat » December 14th, 2015, 8:09 pm

So the Pins are the only thing that may need to be replaced to keep it from rotating like it does?

Bob C
Posts: 1259
Joined: April 24th, 2003, 11:50 am
Body Type: Mail truck, Stake tr
Model Year: 1931
Location: SO CAL

Re: Shift tower question

Post by Bob C » December 15th, 2015, 7:53 am

pcpat wrote:So the Pins are the only thing that may need to be replaced to keep it from rotating like it does?
Basically yes but usually the slot in the shifter and the pin hole or holes are worn oversize and need to be repaired.

Bob

User avatar
pcpat
Posts: 14
Joined: November 12th, 2015, 12:25 pm
Body Type: AA
Model Year: 1931
Location: Rochester, NY
Contact:

Re: Shift tower question

Post by pcpat » December 15th, 2015, 8:16 am

That is a lot less than what I was preparing to do, Thank you

User avatar
pcpat
Posts: 14
Joined: November 12th, 2015, 12:25 pm
Body Type: AA
Model Year: 1931
Location: Rochester, NY
Contact:

Re: Shift tower question

Post by pcpat » December 18th, 2015, 6:42 am

I pulled out the shift lever (Thanks for the advice Bob), and as mentioned the pin was all but destroyed. Also the section where the pin meets on the shifter ball is also pretty badly worn out. What is the recommended fix; recommend replacement, have it welded up or any other advice?

Thanks for any advice.
Attachments
Shift Lever.jpg
Shift Lever.jpg (354.07 KiB) Viewed 3409 times

Bob C
Posts: 1259
Joined: April 24th, 2003, 11:50 am
Body Type: Mail truck, Stake tr
Model Year: 1931
Location: SO CAL

Re: Shift tower question

Post by Bob C » December 18th, 2015, 8:54 am

I would weld it up.

Bob

User avatar
Chris Haynes
Posts: 2070
Joined: September 7th, 2003, 5:18 pm
Body Type: 82A
Model Year: 1930
Location: North Hills, CA/ Pine Grove, CA

Re: Shift tower question

Post by Chris Haynes » December 18th, 2015, 10:03 pm

I had mine welded and a new slot machined.

User avatar
pcpat
Posts: 14
Joined: November 12th, 2015, 12:25 pm
Body Type: AA
Model Year: 1931
Location: Rochester, NY
Contact:

Re: Shift tower question

Post by pcpat » December 19th, 2015, 4:27 am

What can be done about the oblong hole in the shift tower? can this be filled, or will it need to be drilled out and a larger pin used?
Attachments
worn hole.jpg
worn hole.jpg (175.98 KiB) Viewed 3359 times

SHELBY MESSER
Posts: 752
Joined: March 9th, 2009, 8:06 pm
Body Type: 75-A
Model Year: 1930
Location: Sacramento, Ca.

Re: Shift tower question

Post by SHELBY MESSER » December 19th, 2015, 8:14 am

A machine shop can repair both parts for you like new again if you don't have the equipment.

User avatar
macswoods
Posts: 277
Joined: May 4th, 2009, 1:20 pm
Body Type: 82-A
Model Year: 1929
Location: Wilhoit, Arizona

Re: Shift tower question

Post by macswoods » December 19th, 2015, 9:25 am

welded mine and made a little larger pin for it, worked for me. Mac...

User avatar
pcpat
Posts: 14
Joined: November 12th, 2015, 12:25 pm
Body Type: AA
Model Year: 1931
Location: Rochester, NY
Contact:

Re: Shift tower question

Post by pcpat » January 19th, 2016, 5:34 am

Figured I would give an update, the shift lever was welded up and the slot was machined to 5/8 to match the hole which was bored out to 5/8. I am waiting for a a few parts before putting it back together.
Attachments
Shift tower Welded lever.jpg
Shift tower Welded lever.jpg (208 KiB) Viewed 3243 times
Shift tower - redrilled.jpg
Shift tower - redrilled.jpg (146.61 KiB) Viewed 3243 times

Post Reply