Man, that really sucks.Nope. I've been working and sleeping. No time even for house chores, much less bikes. I voted for the usual 4 months. Hopefully this shorter deadline doesn't disqualify me.
There will be. Currently the 3 speed has the ball bearing for a "click" shift, but the friction on the shifter is light because the internal 3 speed hubs really don't pull against the shifter like a 5 speed. You may remember that this assembly was riveted in place, so I can't easily change the arm. So the rivet is going to be drilled out and I'm going to figure out a why to apply some friction in there. More to come on all that.Looking good. Is there enough friction in the shifter to hold it in gear?
Saw a drawer of 'wavy washers' at Ace Hardware down the street yesterday as I was perusing parts for a build I'm working on. Good to know a specific application for bike builds with these!CRASH, for the shifter you need washers like this:
Both Schwinn and Shimano 5-Speed friction shifters use washers like this for tension. I don't know how your shifter all bolts together, but I would bet that if you added these on top of the arm before it is bolted down it might provide the friction you need.
Two additional things...
1. I did not research that those exact washers will work, I just knew they were called "wavy washers" and that came up. Your application might need something different somehow, larger ID or thicker washer, etc.
2. The way the Schwinn and Shimano shifters are bolted down are thin washer (felt for Schwinn) shifter handle, wavy washers, flat washer of some sort, and top nut. The wavy washers are not against the shifter base, they are after the handle.
Hope that helps!