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1949 Deluxe Eight Stiff Shifting Repair


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For anyone interested, I just finished posting some pictures of my experience fixing a stiff shifting problem. This <span style="font-style: italic">probably </span> is not the kind of problem most people would run into, but I did nonetheless.

I'm just am amateur at this kind of work - I write software for a living - so if you choose to read how I made the repair please be forgiving <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

Click here: Stiff Shifting Repair

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Excellent article. I hope you decide to keep the Electromatic. As long as it doesn't leak and is turned off, it won't hurt anything--aside from having to work around it, that is--and adds value to the car. Believe it or not, they can be made to work somewhat reliably--but it does take patience and an occasional strong word.

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OK, I won't get all excited about the electromatic yet. It's just that up to this time the thing has just been <span style="font-style: italic">in the way</span>, and not too helpful to have around.

Maybe someday I'll fix it up. In the meantime I'll be patient.

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I also experienced somewhat the same problem-I was directed to a small hole between the firewall and the steering gear. I squirted a lubricant not WD40 into the hole working the gearshift back and forth. After about 10 minutes it loosened up and shifted freely.

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Hey there "other" 49Packard!

Yes, that was the first thing I tried, and had high hopes. I'd done some searches before starting the work and had seen the posts about that lubrication point.

I was really pretty surprised when it turned out to be what it was; that is, binding inside that bushing. The shaft was really torn up.

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