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Hi, All!<p> I've just acquired a 1970 144s to replace my '68; the '68 just had too much rust to save ;-(<p> The kid I got my newest project from tried to 'improve' his car in a variety of... interesting... ways. I've straightened out enough of the wiring to get it reliable, and it's pretty lively (but then, it's only got 135k on the clock)!<p> The problems I'm having relate to the column-shift linkage for the automatic. My previous Volvos have been sticks, so I'm kind of at sea here.<p> I managed to figure out how to reinstall the shift indicator cable quickly enough, but it's fraying; several strands are already broken. Anyone know of a fix?<p> Also, the gear select lever is floating free at the column. There's no socket left for the ball on the lever. Does anyone know what parts are required, and how they're fitted? Plus, of course, where they might be acquired?<p> I'm already contemplating building a console to accommodate some extra gauges, so if I can avoid moving to the later floor shifter, that'd be perfect.<p> Any ideas?
 

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Re: BW35 Column shift lever problems (Alaric)

Chris;<p>I did all this on my '67 144.<p>Check these out.<p><A HREF="http://www.theautochannel.com/autoparts/gearsbestvolvo/itemq5929_74834zug.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.theautochannel.com/....html</A><p><A HREF="http://www.buvic.com/car/index.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.buvic.com/car/index.html</A><p>More later.<p>George Dill<p>
 

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Re: BW35 Column shift lever problems (gdill2)

Later.<p><A HREF="http://www.swedishpartswholesale.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.swedishpartswholesale.com</A>/<p><A HREF="http://www.algonet.se/~volvieo/140" TARGET="_blank">http://www.algonet.se/~volvieo/140</A>/<p><A HREF="http://www.vlvworld.com/indexframe.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.vlvworld.com/indexframe.html</A><p><A HREF="http://www.bearmanmotorsports.com/164.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.bearmanmotorsports.com/164.html</A><p><A HREF="http://www.volvoadventures.com/140.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvoadventures.com/140.html</A><p><A HREF="http://www.swedishpartswholesale.com/140--002_years.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.swedishpartswholesa....html</A><p><A HREF="http://www.drivewire.com/volvoparts/catalog/volvo140transmissionfilterkit.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.drivewire.com/volvo....html</A><p><br>
 

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Re: BW35 Column shift lever problems (gdill2)

George,<p> Thanks for the links; many were interesting, and some informative. I nearly pulled the M40, pedals, etc. from my '68 before I bid her goodbye (as it was silky smooth, and as fun as a 4-speed can be with no OD), but I thought I'd give the AT a go. What I really need at this point is some description of how the ball and socket setup at the steering column assembles.<p> What I'm looking at is an aluminum bracket bolted to the lock assembly that (should, but doesn't) contain the races for the ball on the gear selector lever, and a loop of rubber (a seal?) dangling from the lever in between the bracket and the joint where the selector shaft meets the intermediate rod(?). Without a fair bit of attention, it can be a pain to decide whether I'm in Drive or Low. Alas, no local yards have a 144 of my vintage to scope out.
 

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Re: BW35 Column shift lever problems (Alaric)

It will take some clicking but here are some pics...<p><A HREF="http://sw-em.com/service%20notes.htm#Automatic%20Transmission" TARGET="_blank">http://sw-em.com/service%20not...ssion</A><p><A HREF="http://sw-em.com/service%20notes.htm#Automatic%20Transmission" TARGET="_blank">http://sw-em.com/service%20not...ssion</A><p><A HREF="http://www.voparts.com/Volvo_140_21.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.voparts.com/Volvo_140_21.html</A><p>More later.<p>George Dill
 

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Well, I sure do feel like an idiot <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> George, thanks for pointing me in the right direction; I never did find a photo or diagram, but did find repeated references to a column shift bushing. So I got to thinking... what if that bit of dangling rubber wasn't a seal, after all...?<p> Sure enough, after a bit of flashlight work and cleaning out a lot of old grease, there's a channel for that bit of rubber to ride in... and no races for the shift lever ball at all. It's good old friction that keeps everything in place, and the old bushing had worn to the point that it had dropped out of its retainer.<p> After ramming the old bushing back into place as best I could with my (now greasy) fingers, the shift lever operation was reliable and repeatable. Off to buy a new bushing!<p> Now why, oh why, couldn't my old trusty Haynes manual have had that illustration? (grin)<p> Thanks again!<p> -Chris.
 
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