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Column shift bracket removal?

Post by 78elk » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:25 pm

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?

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Re: Column shift bracket removal?

Post by malicad » Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:56 pm

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!
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Re: Column shift bracket removal?

Post by 78elk » Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:15 am

Thanks I'll give it a try.

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Re: Column shift bracket removal?

Post by shoedoos » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:22 pm

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

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Re: Column shift bracket removal?

Post by malicad » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:30 pm

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.
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1979 Malibu Wagon 305 TPI 700R4

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Re: Column shift bracket removal?

Post by shoedoos » Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:00 am

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....

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Re: Column shift bracket removal?

Post by 78elk » Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:23 am

The floor shift column has the lever on it. So if I remove the lever bracket, it will be like the floor shift column.

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Re: Column shift bracket removal?

Post by malicad » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:25 pm

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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Re: Column shift bracket removal?

Post by 78elk » Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:32 am

That's cool. I was just trying to let others know that the floor shift column had the linkage on it.

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