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For the Classic Car
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Second Chance Garage

Second Chance Garage

For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

FACTORY FIXES

1953 Mercury Gearshift Linkage Adjustment

The motion of the gearshift selector lever on 1952-1953 standard transmission models is transferred to the steering column lever assemblies through the steering column gearshift tube. The column shift levers are connected by shift rods to the shift levers on the transmission gearshift housing. The shift rod ends are threaded into the rods in order to provide a means for adjusting the shift linkage.

The need for linkage adjustment is indicated when difficulty is experienced in shifting the gears. This adjustment is made as follows:

Place the selector lever in the neutral position. Remove the cotter pins, flat washers and spring washers from the shift rod ends and pull the ends out of the steering column gearshift levers. Rotate the rod ends either clockwise or counterclockwise a sufficient amount to place the steering column gearshift levers in the same plane when the rod ends are assembled to the levers.

Install the spring washers, flat washer and new cotter pins. In this position, the selector lever can be moved up or down in the neutral position without binding.