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1983 CJ7 Auto Trans Linkage Issues


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Moses,  

Thanks again for the help on my TJ, that baby is all but finished.  While the trans was out being built and the paint was drying I picked up a CJ because the price was right.   I can't tell which exact transmission is in it, but I'm pretty sure it's either a 904 or a 999 (truthfully I'm unsure about the differences between these).  I've posted pictures of how the linkages are connected to the transmission, and I'm guessing this is not how it came from the factory, lol.   I've looked in the FSM, but I can't seem to pinpoint the part number or even type of bushing these use.  Do you happen to have some knowledge of this, or maybe a picture of how it should look?   PXL_20210915_141042740.thumb.jpg.4085ab112da803ad9fde75b5685a9d49.jpgPXL_20210915_141111684.thumb.jpg.0d697655596aa3cbff87f4da0bee7346.jpg

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Kevin G...Very pleased that you use the FSM!  What's missing is the Mopar parts view, which I furnish below.  (You should have column shift linkage.)  The grommet that fits the location (part #21) is Mopar part number:  BUSHING  J3217256.  If this bushing is not available, you can likely find a facsimile.

1983 Jeep CJ Automatic Transmission Shift Linkage.jpg

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I was missing that.  It looks like I'm missing 6, 16, and 18 too....16 and 18 look to be a run of the mill washer and cotter pin, but 6 looks to be some type of latch or clamp?   That part of the linkage is held together with an unfolded paperclip or something, and I'd like to replace it too.  Mind shooting those part numbers at me?

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Nevermind...I think I looked at it incorrectly.  It looks like the arm just goes through the linkage and is held on by a cotter pin with the washer used to put pressure against it?  I think I can make that work from what I've got in my garage.   

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Sounds right if you have the #21 bushing that fits the #6 lever arm.  #16 is a flat washer.  #18 is a common hitch type clip.

#6 LEVER, on Trans., Shift  J5363106  1982-86

16 J4001085 AR WASHER

17 J0120388 AR WASHER

18 J4005122 1 PIN, Hitch

19 PIN, Hitch J4004295 1982-86

20 J4004863 1 WASHER

21 BUSHING  J3238418 1 1982-86  [Note that this is a different part number than the 1981 listing that I furnished above.  If you can find this part anywhere, it would be correct for your 1983 CJ7.]

 

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On 9/15/2021 at 9:38 PM, Moses Ludel said:

Sounds right if you have the #21 bushing that fits the #6 lever arm.  #16 is a flat washer.  #18 is a common hitch type clip.

#6 LEVER, on Trans., Shift  J5363106  1982-86

16 J4001085 AR WASHER

17 J0120388 AR WASHER

18 J4005122 1 PIN, Hitch

19 PIN, Hitch J4004295 1982-86

20 J4004863 1 WASHER

21 BUSHING  J3238418 1 1982-86  [Note that this is a different part number than the 1981 listing that I furnished above.  If you can find this part anywhere, it would be correct for your 1983 CJ7.]

 

After looking long and hard for the exact bushing, I gave up and cut a notch in a rubber stopper that i used a c-clamp to fit into the lever arm.  The ball on the arm fit pretty well into the socket that I cut, and I just fixed a metal zip tie around it vertically.  There's the smallest amount of play in the linkage, but it doesn't affect shifting.  This should work while I get my steering slop figured out.  If I end up keeping this CJ over my TJ I'll swap a floor shifter in in the spring to eliminate the problem entirely.  

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That should get by...If you want to make another attempt, Lowe's and other hardware stores or Fastenal, McMaster-Carr and MSC have nylon and bronze bushings.  The concern with bronze is wearing into the lever or rod. 

Keep an eye on your temporary fix.  There are many aftermarket floor shifter options for spring.  Summit Racing or Jegs are good sources.

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