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Hurst Comp Plus Reverse Issue

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I haven't messed with a toploader in 40 years, and this is my first Hurst shifter. It's a used shifter that looks great, and will go thru 1, 2, 3 and 4 gears just fine. But I can't get it to engage the inner reverse lever on the shifter. With the arms disconnected the tranny shifts fine by hand. The 1-2, 3-4, and reverse shifter levers move freely when not connected to the rods or arms. 

Other than recommending a rebuild of the shifter, are there any tricks or little known fixes to it?

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Most likely its in need of adjustment.

If the linkage bushings are in good shape then a complete adjustment check is next.

Use the pin inserted with shifter in neutral and linkage disconnected.

Adjust each arm so that it slides into the hole centered.

A simple nail will work for adjustment pin as long as it is a snug fit to keep things centered.

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Just installed the Hurst shifter on my car, Shifter will not go into reverse if the 1,2 or the 3 4 gear are not in neutral position. Hook up the reverse linkage only and try to shift see if it works.  The 1,2 and 3,4 must be in neutral.

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Just remembered, you must replace the shift lever arms on the transmission to use the Hurst shifter.  Because the reverse is left-forward, where the stock shifter is left-back.  Probably is good idea just to replace the arms and linkage with Hurst shift lever kit #3737637. 

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Thanks guys! I did have the levers centered with the tool, Hurst arms on the studs, and new bushings. While the shifter was clean on the outside, it had a bucketful of dirt and dried grease up inside the housing. Cleaned and lubed it while working the stick freed it up. 

Thanks again. 

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