I have a 79 Chevy c10 with a 350, Saginaw 4 speed and a Hurst shifter. i recently bought the truck. I was told there was a problem with the transmission and/or shifter. i pulled the tranny out, pulled the side cover and everything is in good shape. i installed new bushings on all the shift rods put the tranny back in and on the first drive i had some problems shifting in the gears. at a stop sign i attempted to shift into first but it wouldn't go. it was almost like it was stuck in 2 gears. after i was kinda rough with it it finally came out of gear. i drove it back to the house but was still having problems finding the correct gears. could somebody please point me in the right direction.
if you can look at the 3 levers coming out of the bottom of the shifter.. you will find either a hole that goes thru all three and the shifter body.. this locks all three levers and the body in a perfect Neutral position.. you can now adjust the linkage lengths to also be in perfect neutral.. usually i pull the retaining clips and adjust the length so it slips into the hole perfectly.. you can see if you shift the image to the right with the slider below it that this model saginaw shifter uses a 1/4" rod..
OK so i just crawled under and put a bolt in the shifter to hold the rods in the correct position. i had to adjust 3rd-4th gear rod about 8 turns to get it right. i had to adjust 1st-2nd gear rod 2 turns to get it right. now the problem im having is when i shift back to neutral from 4th sometimes it will try to stay in gear. Also it wont go into 1st from a stopped position i have to shift from 2nd to get it to go into 1st. what should i do now?
since you are still having problems.. from shifting to each gear and back to neutral.. can you insert the pin thru the shift levers without moving anything..?????there are kits to rebuild your shifter..the separator plates are replaceable.http://www.hurst-shifters.com/wp-content/uploads/HurstRebuildForm.pdfthis kit is about 100 bucks i have not priced them around.. i have seen others..here is a video on it...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDWB_XIwoak