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what shifter you using with a T56

Post by Ray396 » Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:17 pm

Hi, I have a 86 Monte SS, doing the T56 swap. Wondering what shifter you guy's are using. I have 60/40 split bench. I have the Camaro shifter and it hits the pass seat. Just trying to see before I order anything.Thanks Ray

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Re: what shifter you using with a T56

Post by TURNA » Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:15 pm

Do you need just the shifter handle?
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Re: what shifter you using with a T56

Post by Ray396 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:42 pm

yes

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Re: what shifter you using with a T56

Post by TURNA » Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:18 pm

would something like this work?


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Re: what shifter you using with a T56

Post by Ray396 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:08 am

Thats what I was looking at.

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Re: what shifter you using with a T56

Post by TURNA » Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:55 am

That shifter is made for a 55-57 with a bench.

Your best bet is to make a pattern with a wire hanger. Then hit the swap meets at Belmont etc.

If you have a torch you could alway heat up and bend what you have now to make it work.

If you have or know someone with a welder you can do this

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Also another nice option is to notch the bench seat or replace it with a notched bench seat.

Something like this

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Re: what shifter you using with a T56

Post by TURNA » Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:00 am

Keep in mind since you already have a 60/40 split.

Installing a set of Monte / G-body bucket seats is a simple bolt in because you already have the inner mounts on the floor board.

Might be another option foe you.
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Re: what shifter you using with a T56

Post by Ray396 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:07 am

I am thinking about the buckets too.

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Re: what shifter you using with a T56

Post by t5montecarlo » Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:18 pm

TURNA wrote:If you have or know someone with a welder you can do this

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That was the shifter that I made to fit the bench seat in my wagon. I still cut a notch in the steel base of the seat frame to help the fit, but did not modify the upholstery.

To start with, I disassembled the shifter base and rotated the shaft 180 degrees so it faced forward.

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Re: what shifter you using with a T56

Post by t5montecarlo » Sun May 06, 2012 9:16 pm

Perhaps this is the shifter you need?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/280876467924

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Re: what shifter you using with a T56

Post by Ray396 » Mon May 07, 2012 2:59 pm

Hi, I had a friend at work make a bracket, then drilled 2-holes and tapped 2-holes. Made Z like extension, came out good. Then put the Super shifter boot over it. Came out pretty good. If you want to see what it looks like I can send them to a email address, the pictures are on my cell phone. Thanks Ray

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Re: what shifter you using with a T56

Post by t5montecarlo » Mon May 07, 2012 7:26 pm

If you send the picture to me, I will post it here.

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Re: what shifter you using with a T56

Post by Ray396 » Thu May 10, 2012 6:35 am

Sent pictures.

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Re: what shifter you using with a T56

Post by t5montecarlo » Fri May 11, 2012 5:22 pm

Here ya go! It fits well. Is the passenger seat able to move forward? or must it remain all the way back?

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Re: what shifter you using with a T56

Post by Ray396 » Sat May 12, 2012 6:31 am

The passenger seat can move a little. I have driven it and seems fine so far.Thanks for posting the pictures. Ray

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