I am trying to replace the dust boot, but cannot figure out how to remove the spring loaded "T" that you use to get into reverse in order to slide the boot on and off. 1967 Mustang 4 speed manual transmission. Hopefully someone has replaced the rubber boot on a 67 mustang 4 speed?Any suggestions?See image at the following url.https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-7x-PTgca4K4/T-D1l2mRc1I/AAAAAAAABQY/81lwjMpiMyM/s128/100_0155.jpg
The "T" is held in place by a steel wire that is silver soldered to the reverse lockout and spring. Too much trouble to disassemble and reattach. I have done these on my 66 4 speed. I used hot water to heat and soften the rubber on the hole end of the boot and used a round shaft large screwdriver to stretch the boot over the T, one side at a time, working fast. The shifter is held in a vice(so you have both hands free)between pieces of wood to protect the chrome. Insert round shaft through the boot hole and one hand on each end of the screwdriver. Heating is the secret.
Thanks for the advice, I love my mustang, but the engineer who designed this should have had his head examined.
1967mule:Thanks for the advice, I love my mustang, but the engineer who designed this should have had his head examined.I agree.I know about this because the steel wire in mine broke and my machinist ex - father-in-law was able to replace the wire by drilling out the solder, replacing the steel wire and rejoining its ends and making sure the reverse lockout was at the right position before soldering. That was in 1977.