Jul 18th, 18, 02:31 PM
Join Date: Jul 2018
Saginaw 4 speed stuck in gear
I have been on a few forums now while trying to fix a reverse issue with my Saginaw 4 speed, currently in a '78 RS. It will eventually break behind the 350 I built for it, but it's all I got to work with for now.
About 1/3 times I put the car in reverse, it gets stuck "between" gears. Really don't know how else to put it. If you let out the clutch, the car doesn't lurch in any direction, it just stalls. It's like the trans is locked up, or possibly in two gears at once(?)
I have adjusted the Hurst shifter on it like 4 times.
I wouldn't mind crawling undereath to put all the shift rods back into the neutral position, except the car is too dang low to reach anything.
I have had a friend try to duplicate the problem while watching from under the car, but we can't get it stuck in gear
without the engine running.
Whenever it's stuck, prying the reverse rod back into nuetral has always fixed it. If you SMACK the shifter out of reverse, it goes into nuetral and works fine. But when I forget to smack it out of reverse, I end up stuck in places like:
Various parking lots
The 1/4 mile burnout box
All of which require borrowing a jack to lift the car because I'm too stubborn to get one to keep in the car, and then waiting a half hour for the exhaust to cool off so I dont scald myself on it.
Anyway, what are some possible solutions?
The bushings are shimmed with washers, and have the slightest amount of play.