automatic transmission shifting

Asked by Jun 20, 2017 at 02:03 PM about the 1981 Chevrolet C/K 10 Standard Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Ihave a 1981 chev stepside pickup, 350 turbo automatic transmission, column
shift. I can shift from reverse, neutral second and first, but I can't find drive.
The column shifter is sloppy. I can fish around and find it sometimes but not
always. The truck has sat for over a year.

2 Answers

295

Have you tried to tighten up the linkage? maybe its time to install a new cable.

945

That truck has a solid linkage made up of metal rods. If you can find most gears ok. The linkage is good. These trucks had very soft aluminum and plastic steering column parts. Drive is the most often selected gear, so it's common for the drive detent in the column to be worn out. You can either have it rebuilt, Or locate a good used one. Rebuilding can get expensive though.

Your Answer

Chevrolet C/K 10 Experts

  • #1
    CaptPKelly
    Reputation
    860
  • #2
    F_O_R
    Reputation
    390
  • #3
    Rowefast
    Reputation
    370
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-150
3,209 Great Deals out of 239,372 listings starting at $1,300
Used Chevrolet Camaro
500 Great Deals out of 33,556 listings starting at $1,450
Used Chevrolet S-10
16 Great Deals out of 1,209 listings starting at $1,550
Used Ford F-100
177 listings
Used Chevrolet Blazer
4 Great Deals out of 924 listings starting at $950
Used Chevrolet Corvette
177 Great Deals out of 19,379 listings starting at $3,941
Used Ford Mustang
607 Great Deals out of 39,009 listings starting at $1,500
Used GMC C/K 10
14 listings

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.