Gear box top loader 4 speed issues.

Hi, i have a toploader 4 spd that sometimes appears to be in first but isnt and also reverse but isnt. Could this be more likely shifter mechanism or do you think worse?
My car has a manual transmission.
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Hi there. It seems that the ball joint on the top of the transmission has broke or lost the brass pin. Remove the shifter and check the brass pins on the shifter handle. See if they are bent or broken and replace them if they are. If you need further assistance with your transmission not shifting correctly, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

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Tremec built the Toploader for Ford and the correct model designation for them is a T-170. These were arguably the strongest 4-speeds made in the `60s, and the design is still used by NASCAR race teams today.
Ratio #1: 3.29 1st, 1.84 2nd, 1.00 3rd, 0.81 4th, and 3.29 Rev. Ratio #2: 3.07 1st, 1.72 2nd, 1.00 3rd, 0.70 4th, and 3.07 Rev. It is important to also know that truck versions of these transmissions exist and sometimes cannot be told apart by someone who is not knowledgable.
The Toploader 4-speed transmission is of the fully synchronized type with all gears except the reverse sliding gear being in constant mesh. All forward-speed changes are accomplished with synchronizer sleeves instead of sliding gears.
A Toploader transmission is a manually shifted gearbox design built in three-speed and four-speed configurations, introduced in 1963 by the Ford Motor Company to replace the BorgWarner T-10.
G-Force Transmissions and Long Shifters. The G-101 racing 4-speed transmission is the ultimate in 4-speed performance. This transmission can be built as a clutchless or clutch assisted model and has a wide range of applications.
The Muncie four-speeds are a very popular transmission with Chevrolet muscle car enthusiasts, and are easily adaptable for a wide range of GM and other non-GM vehicles. They debuted in 1963 Chevrolet full-size cars and Corvettes, and they were originally available in two ratios, 2.20:1 and 2.56:1.
Standard input shaft size is 1 1/16-inches. Both are 10-spline.
Four speed automatics tend to be more reliable then 5+ automatics or a CVT. They also tend to cost less to fix. A four speed automatic will not be the most fuel efficient.
The Toploader 4-speed transmission is identified by a small metal tag riveted to the right side of the case. The first line is the transmission`s ID number. The second line is the serial number. The codes listed here are for Ford vehicles.
Hydrostatic Transmission

Hydrostatics operate like automatic transmissions in cars. This transmission is efficient, smooth, and easy to operate. They are optimal for loader work and any task where the implement does not require it to be maintained at a constant speed.

The Ford PowerShift is a six- or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, produced by the Ford Motor Company.
Automatic. 1980–1993 AOD—Ford`s first 4-speed automatic transmission, based on the FMX but with a torque-splitting feature.
You`re probably better off going with a 5 speed, and for around town driving and/or for lightning quick shifts, a good 4 speed might be your better choice.
manual: which is faster? It`s a common myth that manual cars are faster than automatic ones, but that isn`t the case. High-speed vehicles are available in both transmission types, and the transmission isn`t the most important factor in determining top speed.
It is also said that with manual cars you have the “15% rule” which basically guarantees you an extra 15 percent of horsepower compared to an automatic. There are many reasons why most high performance cars only use manual transmissions. They accelerate quicker, perform better, and don`t limit you as the driver.
Designed by Magna PT (formerly known as Getrag Transmissions), the Powershift transmission has been used by Ford, Volvo, Chrysler, and Dodge. It is essentially a dual clutch transmission, which means there are two clutches.
Ford Power Stroke engine – Wikipedia.

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Gear box top loader 4 speed issues.
ANSWER : Hi there. It seems that the ball joint on the top of the transmission has broke or lost the brass pin. Remove the shifter and check the brass pins on the shifter handle. See if they are bent or broken and replace them if they are. If you need further assistance with your transmission not shifting correctly, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

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ANSWER : P2757 indicates a torque converter clutch solenoid control circuit issue. If the transmission has been rebuilt, then wiring between the control unit and the transmission may be faulty. The harness connector from the wiring harness to the transmission needs to be checked to be sure the connector is free of contamination. Another possibility could be a faulty torque converter. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic or service center to assess your stalling issue and determine what is causing the problem.

My manual car won’t go into gear, it turns on and the clutch goes down perfectly fine. It happened after my gears grinded, the car
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