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Hutch5375
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 123
posted September 09, 2004 04:06 PM  
Does anyone have any suggestions for making my own column? I have an 82 Monte, TH350, so I have to make a shifter too because it had a column shift. Any tips guys?

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted September 09, 2004 06:06 PM  
Other guys are running something similar to the kits from Day with the rod and heim joint. I was looking at some of those shifters? Holy **** $50 for a rod and a pivot? I like your idea much better. Thanks!

ryan
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 776
posted September 09, 2004 07:27 PM  
If you take the same principal as the ready rod way (which personally I can't stand) and take a chunk of 3/16 x 2 flat and bend it and have a place for it to pivot on you can have pretty decent shifter for not much money. We also added a Hurst handle we had laying around on the top for a better grip. Kinda hard to explain, but easy to make.

redneck racing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 860
posted September 09, 2004 07:49 PM  
Have used the flat stock they use for concrete with the all thread and have bolted it into the speedometer housing with a spacer if you need it longer weld another piece of flat stock to it. Eddie

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted September 09, 2004 08:26 PM  
i used a piece or rebar and bent it to make the handle and welded a bolt on the bottom end to bolt up to the trans it worked great but looked hokey as all get out just make sure that you mount a loop for it to slide in even less than $3

drive hard or drive home


jay116
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 428
posted September 10, 2004 03:44 PM  
Gut the original colum and remove the factory shaft. The shaft has a slip joint built in and is great for safty. Depending on the shaft size you can use heim joints for mounts. pull the shaft apart and clean it. Slide it back together a little over 1/2 way, drill a 1/4 inch hole in the shaft and put a small bolt or cotter pin. Remount it to the factory rag joint. (This is a good time to get a new fiber for the joint) Make the mount for the inside by the top and use a rod end bearing with a spacer if needed to fit the bearing. Measure the shaft first as it may not be the same size as a standard steering shaft heim. Get a set collar and put it tight against the heim on the firewall side of the heim. When you have everything in and tight slide the collar up to the heim and lightly snug the set screw, turn the wheel all of the way each way and make sure there are no binds. Tighten the set screw and put some weld on the collar to the shaft. This stops it from comming at yuo in a wreck and will allow the shaft to collapse in a wreck.
This is a cheap and safe shaft and is alot cheaper than a std kit from the dealers and it is ALOT cheaper than a collapsable shaft set.

I-B-RACIN
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 132
posted September 11, 2004 06:49 AM  
for a good cheap shifter go to a local salvage yard and get a center console shifter out of a grandprix then you have a shifter that will lock in gear and have a cable.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted September 11, 2004 08:34 AM  
I HAD A HURST SLAPSTICK SHIFTER IN MINE AND THE HEDDER MELTED THE CABLE DURING A FEATURE RACE. NOT SO SURE ABOUT A CABLE ANY MORE.

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