Classic Truck Overdrive Swap Part 2: Linkage and Throttle Upgrade

How to Install a GM Overdrive Automatic Transmission in a 1967 Ford F100 pickup.

By Rob Fortier – Photography & Videography by Ryan Foss

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If the sacrilegious marrying of the GM 200-4R transmission behind the 360 Ford Engine in our 1967 F100 last month didn’t scare (piss) you off, welcome back for the install wrap up! We left a couple important items unattended, namely the manner in which to operate the freshly implanted overdrive transmission, but also the manner in which to accommodate said OD’s kickdown (TV cable) in relation to the throttle actuation. We finish installing a GM overdrive transmission in our 1967 Ford F-100 pickup.

01 1967 ford f100 interior
The finishing touches required to wrap up our overdrive trans swap in the ’67 F-100 involved converting the stock three-on-the-tree manual shift column to operate the new GM 200-4R (using Classic Performance Products’ shift linkage kit) and installing a Lokar throttle pedal to accommodate their pull-style TV cable kit already installed (the factory throttle is a push-style configuration).

While a brand-new automatic shifter–equipped column for the ’67-and-up F100s is in the works at Classic Performance Products (CPP), we wanted to utilize the existing manual trans column using CPP’s “universal” automatic shift linkage arm kit so that we could enjoy the fruit of the overdrive labor in the meantime.02 ford f2 carb throttle kickdown and transmission linkage

The slight downside to this method of making do is not having the detent for gear selection built into the column shifter, as it was designed originally for automatic (late-model/aftermarket) column swaps. However, the automatic transmission’s integral shifter detent (along with proper linkage setup and adjustment) will help ensure you stay in the gear you select!

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03 installing ford pickup pedal
The stock pusher pedal linkage and its pedal were removed from the equation altogether as they simply go “against” what our TV cable needs to do: pull!

Read: Part 1 of our Overdrive Transmission Swap Here.

Now, to address the F100’s factory “push-style” throttle linkage in order to facilitate the GM’s 200-4R “pull-style” TV (kickdown cable), we procured a Lokar throttle pedal kit to complement their braided stainless TV cable and bracket used in the trans swap. Unlike your later overdrive transmissions, the 700/200 family of overdrive transmissions can be run without a transmission control unit (TCU), however, as opposed to a traditional kickdown cable, the TV must be adjusted accurately (and a trans pressure adjustment is highly recommended, if at all possible) to ensure the life of your new overdrive. (One of the biggest killers of GM overdrives are incorrectly adjusted TVs!)

04 installing lokar pedal pickup
Our new Lokar C10 (PN XBAG-6165) throttle pedal assembly (goes with the whole GM trans swap theme!) was mocked up in its proposed location for mounting holes to be drilled, which took all but a couple minutes.

Read More: Pertronix Plug n’ Play Ignition Upgrade For Our 1976 Ford F-100

With (all) that said, how about we button up this bipartisan Bowtie/Blue Oval transmission swap once and for all!05 installing lokar pedal on ford truck

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06 installing lokar pedal adjustment
Next, with the pedal assembly mounted, the access for the throttle cable was drilled in the firewall directly adjacent to the pedal’s adjustable throttle arm.

07 throttle cable and transmission kickdown pedal

08 adjusting lokar throttle cable
The more laborious part was setting up the Lokar Duo-Pak braided stainless throttle cable assembly, which must be cut to fit each application. It will locate between the firewall and the throttle cable bracket on the carburetor.
09 cutting braided steel lines
Here’s a quick tip for cutting stainless braided fuel line to length. A roll of electrical tape and a cutoff wheel with a thin metal-cutting disc will do the trick. Measure the length required. Wrap the housing at the cut mark with tape (a single layer). Then, carefully cut and reinstall aluminum adjuster ferule.
10 lokar throttle cable adjustment
Also, make sure you deburr the Teflon liner and lubricate the housing before reinserting the throttle cable.
11 installing throttle cable for overdrive transmission
With the housing cut and adjuster ferules installed, it can be mounted in place between the carb and firewall; we left plenty of room for cable tension adjustment.
12 installing throttle cable on ford f100
Run the (un-cut) throttle cable through the lubed housing from the interior side, as the attachment for the pedal is pre-installed and, well, we want to keep it that way! Attach the cable with the provided pin and C-clip.

13 Attach cable with pin and C-clip

14 carb throttle kickdown cable
The cable can be trimmed (with a good set of sharp heavy-gauge wire cutters) once you’ve set your slack and are ready to install the provided cable end assembly.

15 carburetor throttle and kickdown linkage

16 lokar pedal installed
All sarcasm aside, the C10 direct-fit throttle assembly was a perfect fit in the F-100.
17 ford fe carburetor adjustment
With the throttle cable set and the return spring installed, the TV cable was reset accordingly (you want no cable slack at WOT).
18 CPTSL Automatic Shift Linkage Arm kit
As mentioned, we’re retaining the F-100’s manual trans column (for now) and using CPP’s CPTSL Automatic Shift Linkage Arm kit to actuate our 200-4R transmission overdrive. It’s a universal kit that can—and will—be modified and fit to suit our hybrid application.
19 installing shifter linkage on overdrive auto transmission
The splined (gold) bushing attaches to the transmission’s selector shaft (which is set to Park for setup/installation); it allows the aluminum shifter arm to be set in multiple locations to accommodate varying linkage configurations.

20 adjusting shifter linkage for gm overdrive transmission

21 ford f100 gm transmission swap
In order for the shifter rod to connect to our stock column free and clear of any obtrusions (exhaust, the trans itself, and so on), Jason Scudellari eyeballed the travel path between the transmission and the steering column linkage arm.
22 adjusting shifter linkage with universal kit
He then formed the required dog leg in the solid stainless shift rod the old-fashioned way—by hand in the vise!
23 universal column shifter linkage installation
The rod was attached to the column as shown (the reverse lever was left intact, as it did not interfere with anything) and the column shifter secured in the park position …
24 adjustable universal lokar shifter linkage
… then the shift rod was cut to fit on the transmission end using a cutoff wheel.
25 gm automatic transmission linkage adapter
The supplied heim adjuster was installed along with the adjustable hex connector onto the newly formed shift rod, which was then attached to the transmission.
26 1967 ford f100 driving with overdrive trans
The final step was to ensure the adapted manual trans column shifter freely and accurately shifted the 200-4R through all the gears … which it did, with little adjustment of course. As mentioned in the story, CPP is developing direct-fit automatic tilt columns for the later F-100s, which we’ll be installing one we get around to updating the power steering in the ’67. Stay tuned!

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