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Old 12-28-2017, 01:14 AM   #1
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Default Shifter Fork Alignment - new trans lid

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I am in the process of swapping out the trans lid on my pan trans, '55, from the original FL ratchet top to a Baker N1 jockey setup. More details will be put into the Zodiac thread eventually...

When I bought the lid I debated buying the shift fork alignment tool, but I thought that I'd at least give a go at the old peek-n-check method. If that failed miserably I'd consider getting the tool or taking it to a shop/theoretical-new-best-friend to use one. And I'm not seeing doing this more than a few times throughout my choppering life...

So I got the old lid off, put the forks centered in neutral, and put on the new Baker. I didn't see any overt movement of the forks when placing the lid down and put in a few screws to secure it (no gasket). Everything spun freely in neutral as expected and I was able to hand shift it through all the gears with a little giggering of the main shaft, each one spun freely and easily.

I know that I need to put on the gasket and fully torque down the screws and do the same thing at a minimum before I give it a full 100% pass. But, barring that am I missing something? Did I just get lucky with this lid/drum swap? Is there something else you'd do to give it a full check before buttoning it up and calling it good?

Pics. Every thread is better with pics.

Non period correct non patina matching new (to me) chopperizing lid:
IMG_1861 by Eric Bott, on Flickr

OEM setup, fully crusty as removed:
IMG_1861 by Eric Bott, on Flickr

Old ratchet top on grandmas best linens:
IMG_1861 by Eric Bott, on Flickr

Shiny, shiny guts:
IMG_1870 by Eric Bott, on Flickr
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Old 12-28-2017, 01:41 AM   #2
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I'd pull the lid off carefully a couple times and get a better idea of shift fork alignment.
If it works it works, but It's nice to be sure when you're goin down the road.
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The best way to do it is to see if you have a friend with the tool to do it correctly.
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Sure it's a lot faster with the tool, but it's not all that difficult without out, just more tedious.
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