Tune up and shifter work

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I took the car for a drive to warm it up then hooked up the tach and vacuum gauge to adjust the idle mixture.  I turned the mixture screws 1/4 turn at a time adjusting the idle as needed.   I think I found where the vacuum is highest, but it seems like the screws are awfully far in.

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The vacuum also seems a little low.  The car has a really lumpy idle, which I sort of expected from the odd-fire engine but I suspect I might also have a low-speed miss.  I will have to check compression.  I might have a sticky ring or something.

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The car pops out of first gear, which according to the manual is most likely the shifter out of adjustment.  That bolt in there is 5/16″ in diameter which fits in two adjustment holes in the shift levers.

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Here is the bottom of the shifter.  That bolt is going in through the hole you can see up top.

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To adjust the linkage I need to loosen the bolts at the bottom of the shift levers on the transmission.  Then center the transmission shift levers in neutral and tighten the bolts.  The problem is I can’t get the levers to move on the transmission.   I think I need someone to hold the clutch in or maybe jack up the back wheels.  But I am alone and it is getting dark so I just tightened the bolts back up and took the car for a test drive.  No improvement 🙁

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