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Post by rpm750 on Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:56 pm

Ok got ready to leave out for the Tuesday night Gig and "What no way!" No shifting into gears, shifter just warbles around. Well pushed car home still in subdivision, went to gig and we all talked about it this is a picture from the Samba of what I see in the tunnel under the shifter. Broken shift rod bushing bracket.



Mine is even broken in the same damn spot!!!! scratch Suspect

Has anyone ever removed one? I emailed the poor soul that removed the one pictured hoping that he could also help. I'm already tired of driving that damn Intrepid!!!! Evil or Very Mad
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Re: Shift Rod Problem

Post by fluxcap on Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:10 pm

I knew I had seen a good thread with some pictures on the samba. Apparently it is 6 spot welds. You drill them out, then install the new hanger using the shifter bolts, the tack it in place through the holes you drilled.

Scroll down a little ways for some good pics
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=353164

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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:36 pm

Yeah it is real easy drill the spot welds, bolt new bracket in place with shifter bolts and re-weld, then re-install bushing and shift rod

Not hard but not fun.....

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Re: Shift Rod Problem

Post by rpm750 on Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:08 pm

Welding is the problem. I'm hoping I can just bolt the shifter back on and not weld it. The bolts go through holes and it will "Clamp" the bracket into place. If it still moves I'll have to weld it for sure! I just got that carpet in and it is glued very well. Hope a heat gun will loosen it up.... Mad
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Post by fluxcap on Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:29 am

Just bolting it may work. I guess you'd have to put some kind of adhesive on it, then temporarily bolt it in like in those pics and install the bushing and shift rod. Then you'd have to take the temporary bolts out, and hope the adhesive holds the weight of the shift rod for a minute or two until you can get the shifter and bolts installed.

If you decide to weld it, let me know. I just bought a new tank of gas, spool of wire, and some new tips!

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Re: Shift Rod Problem

Post by 59suicide on Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:46 am

Laughing this just happened to me on the way to work this morning... I somehow got it to stay in 3rd and limped back home... about 6 miles in only third was pretty fun, now I dont have to search how to fix this, no shit I just got to work and was about to search for an easy fix and this was the first thing that popped up on last posts Suspect are you stocking me Laughing
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Re: Shift Rod Problem

Post by rpm750 on Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:37 pm

I'll put some bolts in it to hold it until I get the rod pushed back in then use some creative bolting to install the shifter. I'll post how it goes, mean while I'm wainting on the part! Sleep
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