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My shifter handle is in the wrong position and is a knuckle buster. It is only half an inch from the steering wheel. This is an 86 D150 that originally had a 318 and a 904 automatic. I bought it with a 360 and a 727 automatic. It shifts fine, but the handle has to be constantly avoided, especially when maneuvering in a parking lot.

I am looking for a parts illustration, and some tips on what might be broken or missing from the shift bowl so i can fix this. Otherwise I will need to spend money and install a floor shifter.

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Obviously this was not the factory setup, so a previous owner has done something to cause this. It must be the shift linkage that is messed up, but whether in the column, or between column and transmission, I can't say for sure.

Are you able to shift through all the detents OK? Does the linkage bind at all? Is the lever horizontal when in drive?
 

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It could also be that the wrong steering wheel is on the truck. Prior to the early 1980's tilt and non-tilt wheels had different depths (which would affect the distance between the wheel and the shifter and turn signal stalk) because of different column styles. By 1986 they should have all been the same, but you have been the victim of a column or steering wheel swap when other parts were swapped.
 

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This is the original column. I looked for obvious problems with the shifter when i was replacing the ignition switch but didn't get any clues. The shifter works fine, but is just too close to the wheel. I suspect a previous owner may have disassembled the column trying to figure out how to change the ignition switch. The original was bad (bypassed) and I found a new-in-box switch behind the seat which I installed.

I found an illustration for the tilt column, but none for standard column. Haynes manual only coverd disassembly down to the ignition switch.
 

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Unless you know all of the previous owners, I'm not sure how you can be certain that the column is the original. I swapped out a column once, you would never know it was not the original.

Nevertheless, consider that the lever has been pivoted too close to the column. When I visualize the linkage, I imagine it being pulled down too far, on the same axis as the column. Perhaps the linkage that parallels the column inside is displaced or moved too close toward the steering box.
 

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Bob Lincoln said:
Unless you know all of the previous owners, I'm not sure how you can be certain that the column is the original. I swapped out a column once, you would never know it was not the original.

Nevertheless, consider that the lever has been pivoted too close to the column. When I visualize the linkage, I imagine it being pulled down too far, on the same axis as the column. Perhaps the linkage that parallels the column inside is displaced or moved too close toward the steering box.
Bob's right about steering wheel mismatches: many years ago I had a 1981 Diplomat with a sloppy steering column; installed a 1980 Volare assembly, everything hooked up perfectly but was unable to use the '1981' steering wheel for some reason so had to use the '1980' older unit if memory holds me correctly........
 
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