Underside of T-90 3-speed shifter with cross shift plate set in place. It's not exactly that easy though. The installation actually has the two pieces sandwiched between the floor of the Jeep to keep from hacking a big hole in the floor of your FC to install. Quite the hassle but well worth it in the end!
Improved shifting of the T-90 3-speed
Providing that your shift rod linkages
are adjusted correctly and that the shifter cane bushings are not wore out
beyond allowing for the shift rods to adjust, the transmission must also be in
good working order, then this is all pretty simple. One of the age old problems with FC's
with the 3-speed transmission is sloppy shifting. These shifters had
problems with them from the get-go and became worse after the rubber bushings
started to wear in them. By the time someone gets in one now they are
usually in need of a total rebuild. Most is an easy replacement of the
rubber bushings inside them to get them back up to 1960's standards, which was
still marginal. The whole remote shift system was in need of something to
give the vehicle a more exact shift. Have you ever tried to shift your FC
through the gears and found it seem to slip a bit and all of the sudden your
Jeep is locked up and won't move no matter what you try? Chances are your
shifter slipped past on of the remote levers and you are now hopelessly stuck in
two different gears. Well, late in the FC production run the engineers
finally came up with a sure fire cure for this problem. I call it a cross
shift plate and it is designed to bolt to the underside of your body where the
shifter falls through and eliminates the dreaded linkage miss that many of our
FC's suffer from. Installation is a bit of a procedure as it is not the
easiest place to access, but once it's installed you'll never be
stranded stuck in two gears again.
Bri-Weld is now manufacturing
these for the FC public to purchase from Jesse Ybarra at the Roundup with no
shipping or he can send them and they are highly recommended. This is
Jesse's recommended way now to do this.
"You can leave the existing Nutsert fasteners under the floor, use
longer grade 8 5/16" bolts and lock nuts under the plate, it all works the same
because the slot in the part is still there for the positioning, and now mount
the new plate under the existing fasteners. It works the same, because the slot
is cut long enough on the new plate.
The purpose and design of this part that actually was used and designed by Jeep
as a revised repair item, was that when the shifter is shifted to go from first
or reverse across to the other side to go to second or third, this plate aligns
the cane to stay in position, without ever being able to jam. When installing
the shift plate, all of the other parts must be in proper working condition and
alignment, the shift rods must be on the side or location, the shift detents in
the trans must be in good working condition.
If you totally can't understand and totally can not install it Call me or if you
want to return it I will return your money for the part.
One other thing I have seen some shifter canes that were welded up to thicken
the detent, I have some used shifters.
I did return someone's money, because he owned a 4 speed T-98."
3-Speed Cross Shift Plate Inquiries