Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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It's been a long time since I had the top off my T18, so I can't say anything about the shift mechanism with certainty, but that sure doesn't look right to me. On the other hand, I can't imagine how it could get out of the proper relationship, since the shift rails slide fore and aft in bosses machined into the case. The shift lever doesn't look abnormally worn either.
Are you doing this with the transmission on the bench or in the Jeep? If you're wrestling it around on the bench, trying to hold it down and shift at the same time, you can get into some strange situations. But no matter what you shouldn't be able to get into that situation.
I wish I could pull the top off of my T18, but that's not possible at the moment.
One piece of advice, look for the proper spring. Besides Ford, International trucks used the T18 in the '70s and '80s. I got a replacement spring from a dealer, I think in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, but that was probably fifteen years ago.
If it's not too much trouble, take the top cover and take a picture of the shift mechanism from the under side.
And attaching pictures to your post is easy. After saving your initial post you can edit it, select Go Advanced, and click on the paper clip icon. From there it's pretty easy. But watch the size of your picture. There are limits, but you don't get a real obvious notice if it's too big.