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88v8
Ivor Duarte
Gloucestershire UK
(453 posts)

Registered:
02/11/2010 04:29AM

Main British Car:
TR6 74 2.5 injection six

Best floor shifter?
Posted by: 88v8
Date: February 07, 2017 03:05PM

I'm sure this has been covered before, but what do we reckon is the best floor or console mount shifter to use with a 3-speed auto?
Currently has awful column shift.

Ivor


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1728 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Best floor shifter?
Posted by: mgb260
Date: February 07, 2017 07:29PM

Ivor, I like the early Mustang auto shifter.


maxwedge5281
larry ingram

(41 posts)

Registered:
09/23/2014 05:59AM

Main British Car:
59 bn6 zz4 sbc, 63 bj7 383sbc

Re: Best floor shifter?
Posted by: maxwedge5281
Date: February 08, 2017 07:56AM

i have a lokar in both of my v8 healeys with aod transmissions. location of shifter is very flexible. several shifter s available and first class workmanship!


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3042 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Best floor shifter?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: February 08, 2017 11:04AM

I liked the old push buttons on the dash. ;)


IaTR6
Dennis Costello
Central Iowa
(95 posts)

Registered:
12/29/2007 02:53PM

Main British Car:
'73 TR 6

Re: Best floor shifter?
Posted by: IaTR6
Date: February 08, 2017 11:21AM

Story time! When rather young, but curious, I pulled on one of the transmission buttons on my dad's homely '61 Dodge Dart's shift button.
I'm not sure which one, but the button pulled out fairly easily. I then realized it was attached to an arm that did the actual connection to the shift mechanism.
I tried for quite a while to get the button back in, hoping all the while my dad would not show up. What I found, after laying on the floor and looking up, is that the mechanism is not necessarily straight in front of the buttons, and each button has an extension of unusual shape that results in the end being in line with the appropriate attachment on the mechanism. I was able to get the button back without dad finding out, and it was one of many things I never told him!
He's gone now, so I guess I'll never be found out!
Dennis


Scott68B
Scott Costanzo
Columbus, Ohio
(462 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:30AM

Main British Car:
1968 MGB GM 5.3 LS4 V8

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Re: Best floor shifter?
Posted by: Scott68B
Date: February 08, 2017 12:17PM

Yeah, i remember my dad borrowed his friends old Dodge late 50s early 60s something that had a push button shifter. I thought it was neat. It was during a typical central New York state winter....very cold and lots of snow. We borh commented how unbelievably good the heater was in that car. Another trip down memory lane! ☺


kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(746 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT

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Re: Best floor shifter?
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: February 08, 2017 12:18PM

MOPAR!



BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5159 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Best floor shifter?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: February 08, 2017 01:05PM

I once tried swapping an early 318 with button shift for a late 318 with tranny. No good. Had to keep the original button shift tranny. So weird.

Jim


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
(1178 posts)

Registered:
05/14/2010 03:06AM

Main British Car:
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: Best floor shifter?
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: February 08, 2017 03:04PM

My favorite has to be the old Chevelle SS horseshoe shifter.
$_35.JPG
It comes in 2 and 3speed versions, with 4 speed conversions available.
It's a cable shifter so it's easily adapted to whatever you need.
And the detent plate is easily modified for custom uses.

Cheers
Fred


88v8
Ivor Duarte
Gloucestershire UK
(453 posts)

Registered:
02/11/2010 04:29AM

Main British Car:
TR6 74 2.5 injection six

Re: Best floor shifter?
Posted by: 88v8
Date: February 09, 2017 05:24AM

Thanks all.
Never had a push-button. They look like fun.

That Chevelle shifter is pretty smart. And 'easily modified' sounds just the ticket.
Judging by the expensive bits and pieces offered on eBay, could be challenging to find a complete one. I'll save the search.

Ivor


billymgb1000
bill gaulin
harrisville R.I.
(56 posts)

Registered:
11/30/2012 12:31AM

Main British Car:
1974 MGB V8 LS1 5.3

Re: Best floor shifter?
Posted by: billymgb1000
Date: February 09, 2017 09:13AM

I have the pro matic ratchet shifter in my mgb, love it. when I feel like playing around I don't have to worry about slamming neutral by accident. And if you haven't used one before it acts like theft deterrent.


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