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  • Stuck In Park

    I have a 63 Hawk that when you shift into park you have to "rock" the car to get it out of park. I have been setting the parking brake BEFORE putting it in park and that seems to solve the problem but what is the fix? Is the problem in the linkage OR is the shift lever in the trasmisson worn out and need replaced?

    Rick
    50 Champion
    60 Lark
    63 Hawk

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    If setting the parking brake before you put it in Park solves the problem, then you are probably parking on a hill, and you should be using the parking brake. The transmission park should not be used on steep hills.

    If it is stuck in Park, it is easy to break the parking pawl on the detroit gear automatics used until the end of 1955. I did it on my sloped driveway. Easily done. Expensive fix. I understand the 56 onward pawl is tougher, but it still should not require any rocking or excessive force unless it is on a hill.

    Paul

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      This is sort of related. I went through some selection problems with my 64 Lark T-35 transmission, and found part of the cause to be a bent linkage. I took it out of the car, straightened it, put it back in, took it out again and straightend it some more, put it back in, took it out...well, you get the picture.

      Here's the easier process: cut another inch of threads on the end of the linkage, then just move the adjustment nuts to where it works right. Sure beats skinned knuckles, and the neighbors won't have to close their windows so the kids don't hear your comments!

      Experience is what you get when you do something without any.

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      • #4
        This often means that the rear mounts are bad, and/or the round 1/2" spacer normally found under the left rear mount is missing. This stupid little spacer is extremely important!

        Dwain G.

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        • #5
          Thanks for the help Dwain. The previous owner had the motor and tranny out of the Hawk. I will get this up on a lift at a friends shop and check those mounts and look for that spacer!

          Rick

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          • #6
            I HAD A '57 PRESIDENT THAT WAS INCREASINGLY HARDER TO GET INTO REVERSE. I REPLACED THE REAR MOTOR MOUNTS (ALMOST COMPLETELY GONE)AND THEN IT WORKED LIKE NEW!

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            • #7
              The parking pawl on my Speedster appears to be broken as it will roll in Park. How difficult is it to replace it? Can it be done in the garage at home, or is a transmission specialist and/or special tools required? I'd like to fix it myself if possible.

              Mike with Speedster

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