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Old 03-18-2021, 09:30 PM   #21
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Quick shift the mitchell,shift it as fast as you can.to me,the mitchell stick is too short.
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Old 03-18-2021, 11:27 PM   #22
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Quick shift the mitchell,shift it as fast as you can.to me,the mitchell stick is too short.
I extended my Mitchell shifter ~4" to bring it up to a more comfortable position and closer to the original. This also eases gear splitting, for me anyway.


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our Mitchell was installed by previous owner in 1995.
I have put around 12,000 miles on it since 2009, and expect it to outlive me.
These are well-built and very tough units.

This year it was a little hard to shift at times, I checked and oil was low.
Drained it and it was FILTHY (no memory of when it was changed).
I will be more attentive to this in the future.

Mitchell recommends 85-145 GL-5 gear oil and annual changes.....
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Old 03-19-2021, 07:58 AM   #24
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The cable kit comes with everything you will need to change over
Thanks. Will give them a call.

Can you post a pic of the shifter mount in yours ?
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Old 03-19-2021, 09:43 AM   #25
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Thanks. Will give them a call.

Can you post a pic of the shifter mount in yours ?
There was a recent thread where someone posted a picture of the cable shifter mounted to the Model A shift lever.
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Old 03-19-2021, 12:40 PM   #26
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I bit the bullet a few days ago and ordered my Mitchel O.D. Steve and Cyndi were super helpful. They are still 12 weeks out on orders but I know it will be worth the wait to cruise a little smoother and quieter in the Town Sedan. This thread has been very helpful as have other Mitchell threads in the past. Thanks Ford Barners. I ordered the stick shift. I need to get in touch with a club somewhat near to me, maybe Raleigh, to see if they have a loaner pinion puller.
I'm in Nashville, NC but my daughter lives in Wake Forest so I get over that way often. Bob
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Old 03-19-2021, 04:20 PM   #27
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Would like to see how it fits in the vehicle and how much cable throw is needed before ordering.

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Old 03-20-2021, 10:59 PM   #28
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The cable throw isn't much, a couple of inches +. One may need to fabricate a mounting plate to suit location. Not sure how to put the cable in a "neutral" position, just in is for OD and out is for stock gearing ?
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Old 03-20-2021, 11:11 PM   #29
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I'm no wiz when it comes to computers but I'll get a photo up as soon as I can. Nothing is needed that is not in the kit. The shift knob is mounted on the gear stick and is pulled straight up for O/D, down for O/D off. Throw is about 2"
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The shift knob is mounted on the gear stick and is pulled straight up for O/D, down for O/D off. Throw is about 2"
Not doubting you, but I would have thought it be the opposite since you push the shift lever forward for O/D thus it pushes the O/D shift rod in. Down on the cable would push, not pull? Or does it work on a bell crank type setup. Inquiring minds.

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Not sure how to put the cable in a "neutral" position, just in is for OD and out is for stock gearing ?
You should be able to feel the neutral detent between low and high? There are three distinct positions with the shift lever. Again inquiring minds. I have the shifter but would like more info on the cable shifter.

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Ya, buts that’s a pretty crude pic. Would like to see how it fits in the vehicle and how much cable throw is needed before ordering.
Well perhaps next time I won't bother then.
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Old 03-21-2021, 12:04 AM   #31
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I bit the bullet a few days ago and ordered my Mitchel O.D. Steve and Cyndi were super helpful. They are still 12 weeks out on orders but I know it will be worth the wait to cruise a little smoother and quieter in the Town Sedan. Bob
Good to hear the Mitchell are getting caught up. It took almost 16 weeks for mine to arrive last year. Still worth the wait.

If you can't find a pinion puller locally the Mitchells sell a really nice one for ~$100. They will ship it with the O/D.
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Old 03-21-2021, 04:32 AM   #32
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Can't remember where I got this pic, but my local club had a different pinion puller that I used.

Edit: I see this is just an installer.

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Old 03-21-2021, 10:35 AM   #33
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I'll probably have Steve ship the $100 one with the O.D. Not much in the scheme of things considering the savings you get by ordering direct from Mitchell. Besides, I'll have a loaner on hand for future eastern NC Mitchell installers.
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Old 03-21-2021, 10:51 AM   #34
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Mitchell arrived Friday going in the Vicky. Contemplating adding a extra leaf in the spring pack for some dropped floor clearance. Any advice or ideas.
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The Mitchell overdrive housing for a Victoria is 4.5 inches further forward on the drive train to help clear the dropped floor pan. It should also have the top rear corner machined off at an angle. Gluing a strip of quarter inch thick rubber onto the machined area will cushion it if it bottoms out. Replacing the 8-leaf spring with a 10-leaf spring also provides a little more clearance.

The floor pan is not that hard to remove from the car. You can take it to a sheet metal shop and have the front section cut away and boxed if you carry a lot of weight in the back.

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Old 03-21-2021, 12:38 PM   #36
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Thanks Tom. I really did not want to mess with the spring. I was leaving it installed with a spreader when I do the od. I will see how it clears and if needed modify the floor. Great thought.
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The Mitchell overdrive housing for a Victoria is 4.5 inches further forward on the drive train to help clear the dropped floor pan. It should also have the top rear corner machined off at an angle. Gluing a strip of quarter inch thick rubber onto the machined area will cushion it if it bottoms out. Replacing the 8-leaf spring with a 10-leaf spring also provides a little more clearance.

The floor pan is not that hard to remove from the car. You can take it to a sheet metal shop and have the front section cut away and boxed if you carry a lot of weight in the back.

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The O/D unit needs to be a few inches further back for a Tourer. They hit the curtain tray under the floor.
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Not doubting you, but I would have thought it be the opposite since you push the shift lever forward for O/D thus it pushes the O/D shift rod in. Down on the cable would push, not pull? Or does it work on a bell crank type setup. Inquiring minds.
The cable is quite long and does a loop behind the O/D and connects from the back via a bracket mounted on the unit to holes that are already in it. You may have seen the tapped holes and wondered why they were there.
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The O/D unit needs to be a few inches further back for a Tourer. They hit the curtain tray under the floor.
Mitchell makes an overdrive for a slant window sedan that has a dropped floor pan in the front for tool storage under the front seat. The housing is located 4.5 inches further back from standard.

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The cable is quite long and does a loop behind the O/D and connects from the back via a bracket mounted on the unit to holes that are already in it. You may have seen the tapped holes and wondered why they were there.
Yes exactly. i have wondered about those holes. Thanks for the explanation. Makes perfect sense now.
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