Brett Gibson JH5 20497
|George, rebuilding the shifter is rather easy, if you have the schematic of what it looks like (If you dont I have one I can E-mail you) you'll see it's just basically a couple of plastic bushing's that wear out (items #14) and a piece of rubber padding (item #25), the Delta kit includes these along with the trunnion and retainer (items #23 & 24) I think most of the $80 covers the cost of these two items.
What I found with my shifter was that the trunnion (23) and retainer (24) were fine just the other parts worn out, so worn out you would'nt even know they had been there, so instead of buying the kit I went to a local bearing company and bought bronze bushings to replace the plastic ones (14) (last a whole lot longer) and cut a piece of rubber a 1/4" thick (25), there was an update found in the Service Bulletins, (which can be purchased thru the Club Book Store) in which it's recomended that a piece of rubber hose be placed over the shaft area of the gear shift linkage (item #13) (I think I used 5/8" water hose) which reduces some vibration, depending on its condition I would also recomend looking at replacing the insulator (item #17) the rear rubber mount, (Delta have them).
What you need to do is remove the center counsel between the seats, remove the shifter knob, unbolt the insulator (17) were it comes thru into the consul area.
Get the car securely in the air, crawl under, hopefully your exhaust wont be in the way as mine was, I also removed the drive shaft for more room but it's not necassary, then expand the retainer (24) thats over the trunnion (23) and slide it back (dont expand to much just enougn to slide out of the way,dont want to break it) next push one of the pins out of the trunnion, so far so good, next unbolt the whole assembly from the Transmission 2 bolts at the front of trans. and there you have it the whole piece can be removed then and you can change out the parts on your work bench.
Again with mine I noticed some play in the pin that went thru the bottom of the shifter arm and the arm hole was not round any more so I drilled the arm hole slightly larger and used a bigger pin along with bigger bushings from the bearing shop, I even did the same thing to the trunnion wholes and used bigger pins there as well.
( "Word of caution", I only made things a few thousands bigger I would not recommend going to large there by weaking some parts)
Hope this does'nt sound confusing but as I said before it's not a tough job and the results are amazing I couldnt believe how notchy my shifter became from the old make a wish shifter.
Well good luck