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Post by DRIVEN » Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:17 am

Indeed. Mid-shift kit should be here Friday, then I can convert it. Wish it was a factory option. Way easier to just check s box on the order form.
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Post by DRIVEN » Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:20 pm

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Post by DRIVEN » Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:23 pm

Did the mid-shift conversion today. Started with disassembly of the mid plate and standard shifter. Punch out the roll pins and remove the lugs. Leave the lower (rear) one out and reinstall the other three upside down. The new rear plate has a post to keep the rear rail from floating around.
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The new shifter has a pretty clever splined arrangement that lets you put it in 8 different positions. All buttoned up.
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Post by wayno » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:28 pm

OK, so originally the shift lever was in the plate with 6 bolts holding it on, and one could reverse that plate to move the shift lever forward or back depending what you wanted, you bought an aftermarket shift lever kit that moved it even farther forward in the plate with 4 bolts holding it on, is this correct, was the shift lever too far back?
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Post by DRIVEN » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:50 pm

That's exactly right. I could have probably been okay but wanted it more forward. It'll be very close to the same location on the floor as the original flathead shifter.
BTW, when I bought this it had a '39 transmission in it with Zephyr gears. It'd run up to about 70mph in 2nd gear. I promptly broke the case slamming a 1-2 shift while drag racing a coworker in his Mercury Capri. The only salvageable part was the shifter, which I've saved all these years.
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Post by wayno » Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:41 am

So your going to connect that old shift lever to what you have sticking up?
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Post by DRIVEN » Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:22 am

Undecided. It would give a nice, original look but they're a little flimsy. I still have my original Ebrake lever too. Would look something like this.
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When I wrecked it I had a Hurst lever on a Competition Plus shifter. I remember using the shifter with a different lever on a '65 El Camino my dad had but can't seem to locate my Hurst lever. Was similar to this.
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I think either would be fine. I have options but I'm not quite to that point yet.

I've got some other things going on right now but should be digging in to this project in early February.
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Post by wayno » Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:06 pm

I always was unhappy with the short shift lever I had on my 1947 Chevy truck, I changed it to a column shift and was happy after that.
I had that cable operated shift lever for the longest time, but I think I sold it at the Portland swap meet along with a lot of other stuff for that truck, I even sold that truck there a few years later, it is in England now.
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Post by DRIVEN » Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:49 am

There's no question that having an automatic in this thing would have been way cheaper, easier, and more comfortable. I like what I like.
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Post by wayno » Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:07 am

I understand that, I was just referring to the long shift lever, I had to bend over to get to that short lever, I didn't like it.
Originally my truck had the 6cyl and 4 speed which 1st gear was almost useless as it was a granny gear, but a rod started knocking on the way home, I made it home, found/bought a 73 El Camino(350/auto), bought a Pacer front end(power steering version), bought a 12 bolt Chevy car axle(342?), and I rented a storage space and I converted my truck over to the modern drive train.
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