Build Thread: Project Rusty Hulk

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by sriley531, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. sriley531

    sriley531 Buckle up, this could get rough....

    So I'm finally getting a little momentum to get the hulkster in shape for BG. The trans is officially through the break-in stage, and while awesome, is having an issue where it keeps getting stuck in second when trying to shift into third. It's happened 4 times now. I have to reach under the car, grab the 1-2 linkage, and pull it into neutral (which has resulted in some fairly nasty 2nd degree burns to my forearm via some TA long tube headers...), then all is well again for a while. I have to believe its linkage adjustment related, but it's setup per hursts recommendation, so I'm not sure what to do. Gonna call Midwest Muncie tomorrow and pick Jeff's brain.

    But I finally got it's dancing shoes fitted up tonight, pretty pleased with that. 28x11.50 MT et street r bias on 15x10's and mt 28x7.5 bias on 15x4 fronts. To get the rears to fit, I had to roll the lips, especially the passenger side. Should be good now (I think), but it's as close as I'd want to get. Looks good though, nice full wheel wells!!!

    Rollin!!!
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    And installed!
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    Next up is line lock installation and an msd nitrous window switch I just got in the mail today. But priority remains that pesky shifting thing....
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2018
  2. Gallagher

    Gallagher Founders Club Member

    That looks great.
     
  3. moleary

    moleary GOD Bless America

    Nice! Must have solid quarters to sustain a rolling...
    The linkage issue is curious. If I recall, you are using after martket linkage, right?
     
  4. sriley531

    sriley531 Buckle up, this could get rough....

    Yes, the quarters and outter wheelhouses were replaced during the resto, they're only about 4 years old. They better be solid!!

    The linkage thing is bugging the crap outta me. I'm using OPGI's linkage, a Hurst comp plus shifter, steel bushings, all brand new. I double checked the linkage was adjusted with the little tool inserted in the shifter bla bla bla, and it still did it. I felt like it might be trying g to go into third before it's outta second, so I adjusted the linkage to pull outta second earlier and go into third later. Still does it. At this stage I think I'm going to re-readjust it back to how it "should" be and then get someone to shift 2-3 while I lay under it to watch.
     
  5. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    And the rods aren't interfering with one another where they attach to the levers on the shifter?
     
  6. sriley531

    sriley531 Buckle up, this could get rough....

    Nope. At least no indication of it. Again, I plan to lay under and have somebody shift to get a good visual, but when I assembled and installed the shifter and linkage onto the transmission while it was still on the bench, I went through all the gears after linkage adjustment and it was happy as a clam.
     
  7. moleary

    moleary GOD Bless America

    Are you Using shift stop bolts?
     
  8. sriley531

    sriley531 Buckle up, this could get rough....

    If you mean the bolts on the shifter body to stop over travel, yes.
     
  9. moleary

    moleary GOD Bless America

    Jeff said not to use them...I don't know exactly why but .....
     
  10. sriley531

    sriley531 Buckle up, this could get rough....

    Really?! Well that's a new one on me. Maybe I'll back them out. Too bad though, I like the idea of that hard stop when slamming the shifter.
     
  11. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    I never liked how my modern comp plus shifter acted...now the original rebuilt Comp plus in my pops car is slicker than owl ****, I fly through the gears in it and it has always went where I pushed and pulled it
     
  12. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Shawn, check out Johnny Hightower, he has a wicked Muncie shifter assembly
     
  13. sriley531

    sriley531 Buckle up, this could get rough....

    I looked for those when I saw you posted in another thread. Found the hightower transmission website but couldn't find any specifics on a Muncie shifter.
     
  14. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    I'm going by there in a month or so to drop off a trans, I'll get some info and pics, it requires minor floor trimming but is very precise and most shifts itself
     
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  15. mrolds69

    mrolds69 "The Cure"

    That roller tool is really nice! I've never seen one before.
     
  16. sriley531

    sriley531 Buckle up, this could get rough....

    Well I've got one laying around if ya ever need it....haha
     
  17. sriley531

    sriley531 Buckle up, this could get rough....

    I'll take all the info you can get! Not gonna blindly throw money at it, but if somebody built a better mousetrap...
     
  18. moleary

    moleary GOD Bless America

    Jeff said "GM never used them on Hurst factory installed shifters; they were not even drilled for the Stop bolts as GM knew they didn't need them on Muncies, and the new M23 really doesn't need it"
     
  19. sriley531

    sriley531 Buckle up, this could get rough....

    Fair enough, I'll give it a go without them, though the problem being between gears makes me think they'd have no effect. But what the heck, worth a try. I actually spoke to Jeff earlier. He had a few suggestions, one I already tried and one that would involve dropping the trans... :(:(:(
     
  20. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    The shift arm bolts are nice and tight ? If you have a bolt that's just slightly too long it will feel tight but will cause issues
     

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