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    ford fix needed!!!!

    any of you mac giver types out there!!! i have a ford explorer that has a ball socket linkage on the steering column to shift the trans.. and it doesnt stay on the ball socket.. have replaced it last year and now its doing it again..the best way to describe this thing is to say its like the ball socket hook up on a pickup cover hydralic lift cylinder.. i need some way of holding this thing on.. its pressed into a flat piece of metal that is part of the steering column.. some way of clamping it and yet get the swivelness it needs??? any ideas it travels in a 1/4 circle of travel.. 1991 automatic.. it doesnt have to be purty just something to hold it so i dont have to raise the hood and shift it back by hand ..
    thanks and will greatful to the solution giver...
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    If you can't find a solution for that fix Larry, you can always put an aftermarket floor shifter and bypass the stock version all together. Just thinkin out of the box for ya

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    Buy a Chevy..
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    His regular truck is a Chevy Don, I never did figure out why he bought that

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    Ok, Larry - give.

    Pics.

    I need to see what we're fixin'.

    What held the ball in the socket in the first place? Was the lip of the socket just swaged/peened over? Or are you missing a hollow nut or a pin or circlip, maybe?

    We may be able to come up with a slick way of holding it together with beeswax and JBWeld...
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    I'm thinking a stick, some duct tape, and a bungee cord.

    You need to call the Car Talk guys...
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    [QUOTE=Brent Dowell;190508]I'm thinking a stick, some duct tape, and a bungee cord.

    You need to call the Car Talk guys...[/QUOTE]

    OR call Red Green!
    Ken
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    I've always lived by the motto "If women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy"!
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