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Will the Hurst Shifter # M/S FO 5262  fit my '56 Ford with overdrive ?  Will the O/D solenoid be in the way?
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Tim
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There’s a Hurst Mystery shifter for a 52-56 Ford on E-bay right now that’s a FO 5252. I should ask the seller if it shows in the instructions if THAT one fits an overdrive. I wouldn’t tell him what you have. A 5262 might be the correct on for an OD if he says his will not fit an OD....

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I did contact him . His answer was not good enough, so I decided to post on Y-Blocks Forever.
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In looking thru a 1970 Hurst shifter catalog, that ‘M/S FO 5262 part number does not match up to any of the listings.  In looking at that particular catalog, the O/D transmissions do have different Mystery Shifter part numbers than what’s listed for the non O/D Ford transmissions.  For the O/D transmissions, there are even different part numbers for the Ford versus the BW transmissions.


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My experience with the Hurst shifter in the past was the shifter itself was the same. The mounting brackets and shift rods were different for different applications. I was able to modify the bracket and shift rod to fit. Easier to have the right parts but it can be done. 
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Ted,
The shift kit I'm looking at is #5262 not #8252.
Thanks for your input,
Tim
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Tim Quinn (12/28/2020)
Ted,
The shift kit I'm looking at is #5262 not #8252.
Thanks for your input,
Tim

Tim.  That was a typo on my end.  I did look for the 5262 number but nothing came close.


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Ted,
I do that all the time......typeo errors.....confusing names etc.
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Tim, I had a Mystery Shifter on a T-86 o/d behind a 352 in a 59 bird. (It was so tired I didn't break the trans) and a Syncro Lock on a T-85 o/d in a 55 bird. Both requires some bracket and rod modifications. This was back in the 60's when they were still in the catalog.

There's two old sayings about the Mystery Shifter. "It's a mystery how we made it so affordable" and "it's a mystery what gear your in".

Other than the price it's only advantage was you could cut the stick off to the length you wanted. I had a speed shop that worked with me, and they ordered the T-85 o/d brackets and a Corvette (short stick), which is what went in the 55 bird.

If you end up making the brackets and rods (which isn't all that big a deal if the main bracket fits the trans/bell mount) find a Syncro lock to start with. It's got the adjustable stops and a far better unit. If you are a welder it's just a pita with the trans in the car. But you'll get a much better result. I made mine with machine screws, then had the whole works welded up. I was 17 then.

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Tim,
I went through this ordeal when swapping out my old Fordomatic with a 3 speed R10 OD in my 55 Club Sedan. Some of those blog posts can be found at these links: https://www.hotrodreverend.com/blog/categories/transmission 
also, one seller on eBay that seemed to be quite knowledgeable and was a real help in locating the parts at the right prices was this guy:
https://www.ebay.com/usr/4ever4d?_trksid=p2053788.m1543.l2754



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check out the 1955 Ford Fairlane build at www.hotrodreverend.com




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