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Old 09-07-2020, 09:26 AM   #1
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Default 1952 ford flathead AUTOMATIC

gonna take the wife out for a labor day spin pull the choke out pretty far have to with this one till starts runnning smooth.....so just sitting there for a few all of a sudden transmission somehow jumps in reverse no hands or shifter and so away we go backing out of garage .. took this ole man a few seconds to react then couldnt find brake pedal but finally got it stopped without hitting anything ..went out on cruise and ran fine was this humanily possible dennis
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Old 09-07-2020, 09:44 AM   #2
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Sounds like you may have some loose or worn linkage. If the backside of your column is severely worn it may allow the shifter to fail to lock properly in the park detent of the column. The next gear down from park is reverse and it can slip down from park. The '52-53 Ford is particularly susceptible to the wear as the piece on the column for the lockout is diecast.
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Old 09-07-2020, 09:46 AM   #3
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Check all shifter linkage for wear. There might be enough slop that the transmission arm was not fully in neutral so with vibration jumped into reverse. I assume your car only starts in neutral so the neutral start switch might be out of adjustment, or you have more worn parts.
So it is humanly possible.
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Old 09-07-2020, 10:00 AM   #4
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I have never had that happen on the 52 Merc automatic. It seems to lock pretty firm in park which is where I have it set whenever its not driving. The neutral start switch on mine was disconnected many years ago.
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Old 09-07-2020, 10:27 AM   #5
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Until you get it figured out, you might want to set the emergency brake, before you start the car. Just a thought.
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Old 09-07-2020, 11:17 AM   #6
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thanks good idea from now on
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Old 09-07-2020, 11:20 AM   #7
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ok all on worn parts will check dennis
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