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#1 Farmlife OFFLINE  

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Posted January 20, 2013 - 04:55 PM

Well if any of yal been followin the Morning Humor posts you'll know I was attempting to get some work done on the Sears project this weekend.  I got the carb cleaned, new seals put in, plates wire wheeled down to diminish any old gasket particles, dirt, grim, etc.....and put back together.  Now, out of all the issues I had to sort out with the project, one has been haunting me for the duration.  The hi/lo shifter was stuck in low.  No matter what I did, no matter how many forums of advice I read and solutions others have done and I attempted, it wasn't gonna budge.  Well today my buddy stopped over and we dropped the axle down to more easily acces the linkage.  I dreaded taking the axle apart so we disconnected the shift rod in one last attempt.  I ran a 4" deck screw thru the hole where the cotter pin holds the shift lever to the actual shift pin.  I placed a large pair of channel locks around the pin, up against the screw on both sides.  Since low is "IN" and hi is with the pin "OUT", I tapped the channel locks with a hammer.  It budged out just a little!!! I then tapped it back in.  After a few times, she broke free and shifts in/out like a brand new set up, smooth as can be with just the slight hesitation as it goes from HI to LOW and back again.  I am a happy man right now and much relieved that I didn't have to get more into it.  Not that I wasn't before, but am now that much more excited to carry on with the rest of the project!!  Sorry bout the looooong rant, but if anyone googles a stuck, or stiff shifting issue in a 1972 Sears ST/12, maybe this will pop up and help!!


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Posted January 20, 2013 - 05:17 PM

That is great news! So glad you were able to get it free with out taking the whole thing apart! :dancingbanana: Good job :thumbs: :thumbs:


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Posted January 20, 2013 - 05:33 PM

I was worried, being very easy the whole way as to not do more damage along the way as I have done in the past.  I guess with all the "not so easy" things I've had come my way with GT's, I finally lucked out on one....... :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:


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Posted January 20, 2013 - 06:34 PM

Great news that it came that way. If you still have the rear end out, you might pull it "out" and then use some wet and dry to clean the shaft up then lube it as best you can before sliding the rear end back in...
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Posted January 20, 2013 - 06:44 PM

I had to something similar with my SIL tractor.  He has a craftsman 42" and it won't shift so I pulled the back end apart and got access to the tranny.  Much like you did I just kept working it back and forth and in between I would soak the shaft with PB Blaster.  Still working today.  Glad to see you have gotten you problem solved.   :thumbs:   As Alan suggested I'd lube that shaft the best you can.


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Posted January 20, 2013 - 07:25 PM

I'm glad you got it working! Those can be a pain when they tighten up like that!


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Posted January 20, 2013 - 07:55 PM

Sometimes things just work out the easy way. Glad that was the case for you! Nice work!

 

 

 

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Posted January 20, 2013 - 08:31 PM

Glad to hear your weekend has been productive.


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Posted January 20, 2013 - 09:52 PM

Happy happy joy joy! Glad you got er unstucked! LOL.
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Posted January 20, 2013 - 10:26 PM

PB blaster and little extra tugging/tapping worked on one of mine too. BUT, getting all the linkage to line up again and bolts back into the front mount by shifter is PIA for sure.


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Posted January 21, 2013 - 04:55 AM

Thanks everyone and yes I deff did luck out.  As for those that suggested it, I did use alota PB Blaster while free'n it up and after she let free, I cleaned it well and greased it.  I don't wanna instigate another issue....


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Posted January 21, 2013 - 05:14 AM

Hey,that's great news.






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