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51 Champion 6 cyl w/OD

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  • 51 Champion 6 cyl w/OD

    The overdrive on my Champion 4 door, 6 cylinder with overdrive doesn't want to shift down out of overdrive when I push down on the accelerator all the way. What do I need to check or fiz? Roger

  • #2
    kickdown switch on throttle linkage and associated wiring...

    good luck


    55 Commander Starlight
    62 Daytona hardtop
    55 Commander Starlight


    • #3
      As a temporary measure until you solve the problem you can get it to shift down by turning the ignition off and back on quickly.

      Don Wilson
      53 Commander Hardtop
      64 Champ 1/2 ton
      WA state
      Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

      40 Champion 4 door*
      50 Champion 2 door*
      53 Commander K Auto*
      53 Commander K overdrive*
      55 President Speedster
      62 GT 4Speed*
      63 Avanti R1*
      64 Champ 1/2 ton

      * Formerly owned


      • #4
        My 51 Champion comes out of OD when I push the pedal all the way down only once in a while, but I can get it to come out every time if I let of the gas for a moment then mash it to the floor.


        • #5
          Thanks for your feedback guys. I will try your ideas. Roger


          • #6
            When my kickdown wasn't working I would just shift to second gear! Champ [8D]


            • #7

              Have you tried adjusting the threads on the kickdown switch that's mounted on the accelerator bellcrank, to give a more positive contact when you want to drop out of OD?
              "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

              Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
              Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
              '33 Rockne 10,
              '51 Commander Starlight,
              '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
              '56 Sky Hawk