Column shift bracket removal?

78elk

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I have a second column that was a column shifter which I'm considering using. I have a floor shifter, so I'd like your ideas on how to remove the shifter bracket a d make it look nice?
 

malicad

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Dec 8, 2009
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I did this twice already, and it works great. I cut the piece that holds the shifter lever as close as possible to the column body. I grind it just below level. I JB WELD a piece of steel bent to look kind of like a big staple (if you can picture that) and glue that into the hole just short of flush. Then, using short-strand fiberglass body filler, shape the whole area with a couple coats, using 220 grit between coats. I feather the repair area a good 3 inches into the non-damaged area. I use the fiberglass bondo because it doesn't shrink in high heat (interiors of cars routinely get 120 degrees at a car show, or parked in the sun), and is very strong and will NOT crack. Prime and paint, and you're good to go!
 

shoedoos

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what do you do about the linkage at the foot of the column that connects the shaft/cable to the trans?
 

malicad

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If you're permanently changing over to a floor-mounted shifter, it's not ever going to be needed, so cut the bracket off and grind it flat with the column. If you'd EVER go back to a column shifter, just leave it on there. You barely see it anyways.
 

shoedoos

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The reason I asked is the key won't release from the tumbler if that bracket isn't set in the Park position....if it is cut off, things could get sticky....
 

malicad

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I never had problems doing what I suggested. I've done it twice. I forgot about the key interlock. I think I just set mine in "park" and cut off the tab on the column. No real reason to touch it again after that. I painted mine semi-gloss black when I was done, and it looked great. I wish I took pictures of the process :(
 
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