Join Date: May 2004
Location: Under a car near scunthorpe
Car: Maestros, 200, 600, ZTT
Are you happy to bodge it?
If so I can tell you how I've done mine.
I too found most of the play in the pin rather than the linkage.
What I did was remove the roll pin (after much swearing!)
Use a high tensile nut and bolt instead I think it is M6 or M8. Please check!. I think I had to run a drill through to allow it to fit snugly.
Sadly because of the way the 600 linkage is, you can't crush the tube onto the gearbox rod (as you can with all the others in the 200/400/600/maestro/montego), because the metal linkage is too strong. So what I did was to disc cut a slot through it at 90 degrees to the bolt holes to allow it to deform under pressure. This allows me to use the nut and bolt to clamp the gear linkage tube onto the gearbox rod eliminating slack.
Another option is to cut the linkage off and weld on a new one, but if you already have a good condition linkage then you'll probably not want to do this.