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544 Shifter 444-544

Good morning, we mad the maiden voyage yesterday, car ran well even without the windshield. One thing I noticed is that the gear shifter seems to be far to the left. For example when I put the car in reverse, the shift knob is under the steering column. I've not driven a 544 before, so I dont know if this is normal (it seemed odd compared to my old 444).

The car has the stock transmission and shifter for a 65 544.

Is there some part of the transmission 'lid' where the shifter attaches that could be worn allowing the shifter to be too far to the left?

Regardless, I am thrilled that the car runs and drives. I could not have done it without all the wonderful minds on Brickboard.
Cheers
Mike

 





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    544 Shifter 444-544

    The slot for the shift guide is cast metal and wears. Slip the boot cover up the shifter and you will see a cover with a large hex, unscrew to inspect. The slot increases in size as it wears. I inserted harden dowel pins to replace the worn cast metal to take up the slop. My shifter is tight as new.

     




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    Your shifter condition isn't normal. Lift the boot and examine the screw on collar and the cutouts in the shift "tower" for the pivot pins (should be nice square cut channels). Unscrew the collar and lift out the shifter to get a good look. There are bushings inside the shift lever that should be looked at too. -- Dave

     




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      Dave knows his stuff, but my '60 w/ M4 does the same thing. It's not so bad that it interferes with the steering wheel but it does almost align between the wheel and the dashboard.

      I've had my gearbox apart to rebuild it and never noticed anything wrong. The 3rd / 4th gate appears to be correct in that it is right-of-center and 1st / 2nd is centered.
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      "Differences of opinions should be tolerated, but not if they're too different" - Sharon Craig

       




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        The slot in the trans case that the pivot pins sit in are prone to wearing. The more they wear, the larger and sloppier the shift pattern gets.

        I made some sheet metal shims for mine - with those on the pivot pins they fit nice and snugly in the worn slots and it tightens it all up very nicely.
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        '63 PV544 rat rod, '93 Classic #1141 245 (now w/16V turbo)

         




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          544 Shifter 444-544

          Hello, after a brief delay I pulled the tranny back out of the 544 in order to figure out why the shifter is so far to the left (drivers side). I have been driving the car like this, but it's pretty hard to get into reverse. I took some pictures of the parts that could be at fault. The only thing that jumps out at me is where the shifter threads into the tranny lid. Could this be the issue.

          Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
          Mike in Portland

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            Basically I'd say find another lid.I think everything else looks OK. I've never seen that sort of wear, it maybe because the nut was cross threaded at some time and allowed the pins to be too far up out of the slot. Perhaps now the nut still won't tighten down fully.

             




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              Hello, as a followup, I replaced the transmission lid with a good used one from V&B Volvo here in Portland. Reinstalled the tranny and now the shifter works like new. Thanks for the advice!
              Mike

               




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            544 Shifter 444-544

            Eww. To me it looks like the shifter was not seated into the gearbox cover completely. I don't think it's terminal, but it will need some work.

            Here's an old photo of how I fixed mine.
            Instead of adding sheet metal shims, I used a portion of a roll pin over the pins on the shifter and then elongated the slots on the top for a snug fit.
            It worked for me.

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            "Differences of opinions should be tolerated, but not if they're too different" - Sharon Craig

             




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