I have a '51 C3100 pickup (‘three on a tree’) that has a sporadic issue where the column shift linkage gets ‘disconnected’. After doing research, it appears the aluminum housing seems worn allowing the cams to move too far apart which allows the shifter to ‘drift’ outside of the normal range of motion and cannot get back into gear. When this happens, I have to pop the housing cap off and push the shifter back into place. I’ve seen some people talk about making an aluminum washer to compensate for the extra gap (caused by the housing wearing out) but it seems like a band-aid to the fix.
I’m looking for a more sturdy solution (which if appropriate would include replacing the housing) but I haven’t found anything promising. Any thoughts/ guidance would be much appreciated!
Note: It’s a vehicle I inherited so I’m new at this (eager to learn). Here’s a video video I found that describes the exact issue (but doesn’t work for me because there’s no way that I’ve managed to hand cut an aluminum washer that doesn’t get banged up after some use). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0noZsmW65w
Thanks in advance!