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Wont fully engage in first gear

How do i adjust the shift linkage on an 86 f150 manual transmission so it will go all the way in first gear

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More than likely you have a five speed in your vehicle. A very hard item to find in an Expedition. There is no adjustment unfortunately. Sounds like you have a bent shifter fork internally in the transmission. This will require removal and a tear down of the tranny to correct. Good luck. Let me know what you discover.

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