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rhodyguy
post Apr 16 2018, 06:47 AM
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Not that long ago the plates were $40ish iirc.
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post Apr 17 2018, 06:22 PM
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What's the technique for compressing the spring? I put the screwdriver in a bit, put the spring on the screwdriver, press it with my fingers to get some compression, then put vise grips to hold the spring against the plate, then I've tried all the techniques I can think of to compress the spring but no joy... I've tried channel locks, caliper spreaders, and even a pipe wrench... It's difficult to control the spring.
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post Apr 17 2018, 06:56 PM
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You start with the screwdriver about 1/4” in where the pin goes, put the spring on the screwdriver. Put the pin in the other end about 1/4”. Bend the end of the spring down so it’s held in on each side, screwdriver and pin. Grab the spring in the middle with the vise grips, lock them and push it down. Shove the pin through so it pushes the screwdriver out. It’s good to have the vise grips clamped down as you tension the spring so you have good control if the spring.

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post Apr 17 2018, 07:01 PM
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Okay, got it. That makes total sense. Will give that a go tomorrow and report back. Thanks so much, don't think I'd have figured that technique out without you!
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post Apr 18 2018, 05:11 PM
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That was the ticket! 'mepstein', thanks again so much and thanks also to everyone for their helpful comments. I installed a new shifter plate and I'm glad I did if for no other reason than it reduces my chances of having to deal with those springs again in the future. But mepstein's technique works really well.

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post Apr 19 2018, 07:10 AM
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Nice work. Now you can forget the shifter assem for 40 years.
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post Apr 19 2018, 11:26 AM
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Back in the early 1990's I installed an Automotion Weltmeister 1st/reverse lockout spring kit, which basically added an additional pair of springs inside the existing pair, for a total of four springs, to increase the spring force pushing the shifter away from 1st/reverse. This was in the pre-internet days, so no online help resources. Getting those springs mounted was a nightmare. My fingers and hands were killing me. I wish I had had Mepstein's procedure then. I can see how helpful it would have been. Thanks for posting Mepstein!
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post Apr 19 2018, 11:32 AM
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Your welcome guys. I just sort of made it up one night after a frustrating attempt to put the springs back in. I would suggest to clamp the vise grips to the springs as you remove them. I spent an hour looking for one when it snapped out of the housing. They are under a lot of tension.
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post Apr 19 2018, 06:01 PM
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In case anyone needs a visual reference in the future (I had to repaint after reassembly due to my failed attempts without mepstein's technique).

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