Date registered: Oct 2008
Vehicle: 1959 190, 1961 190SL, 1967 250SE 4Spd, 1968 220D 4spd
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W108 4-Speed Floor Shift Bushings Question
Getting my 250SE up and running, plenty of work's been done so far, but the bushing situation has been tricky to say the least. When I got the car, the gearshift was very sloppy. Lots of guesswork was involved with figuring out what gear you were in, and getting into and out of reverse required an aggressive and swift motion. Got the car on a lift, and surprise, the bushings that sit on the yoke coming out of the transmission were disintegrated. Changed those out, and can now predictably get into each gear....except...it's an absolute bear to get into or out of 2nd gear.
I suspect this is because of how the shift plate right under the shifter is aligned. Seems to be too far back (forward behind the direction of travel). 2nd gear will grind if i'm not careful, and getting it out is a VERY difficult task requiring two hands!
My question is this...after removing the shift boot, there are two holes, each with a 10mm nut on top of a pretty thick washer. On the bolt under all this, there should be a bushing yes? I'm assuming it's #11 in this diagram, and it takes two, correct? The diagram only shows one.
Next, if/when I install this bushing around each of these bolts, how do I know where the correct position is? I feel like a part like this shouldn't require room for adjustment, and that there be only one position, but those bolts seem to have plenty of room to move.
Lastly...the carpet in the car is rather nice, and is glued firmly into place (likely original). Would REALLY like to avoid prying it open if possible, and wouldn't mind dropping the transmission if I need to. But do I need to do either?