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    I think we are all glad you left that one alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firebird77clone View Post
    A matching speedo. There's a joke in there but I'm leaving it be.
    There's the voice of experience??? rofl

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    I had planned on mounting a Mustang II floor shifter in this thing. After I realized how much precious floor space that was going to use up, I switched gears on that plan.

    I built myself a custom shifter assembly. All of the commercially available shifters that I saw place the shifter near the rear of the transmission. I wanted it towards the front of the trans for two reasons - 1) it frees up some foot room on the floor, and 2) it mimics the look of an old top loader transmission.

    I made the main frame out of 1/2 inch square tubing, and the shift lever out of 1/2 inch round stock, and a few other metal scraps laying around the shop. I welded a 3/8th inch bolt to the top of the shifter, and screwed on an old cut glass door knob that was resting in one of my junk drawers. It might be a little hard to tell from the pictures, but the shift linkage goes from the drivers side of the shifter back to a bell crank, and then forward to the transmission.

    On the passenger side of the shifter I built a reverse lock out mechanism. It consists of a “slider” assembly that has a hole in it for park, and a slot for drive and neutral. The spring loaded pin is actuated by a cable (a bicycle brake cable) which will run to a knob located on the seat riser. This will prevent the shifter from being accidentaly bumped into reverse. It will also act as a theft deterrent. It will be impossible to get the car out of park without knowing how and where the release knob is.

    I spent a good amount of time fiddling around with this thing, getting it to clear everything and getting the geometry worked out. I went through a couple design changes. The final design is not real pretty, but it will be covered up anyway, and it works great. This is more fun to me than ordering a part from a catalog.

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    Nice work! I can relate on how much time and how many times you have to revise something like this. I'e built a couple in 4x4 trucks when I put a dodge trans in a chevy. Nice work!
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    Thanks Ryan. I’m happy with the outcome of the shifter location. It was worth the time I spent on it.
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    Interesting design, and apparently an effective solution in the concept.
    Good work.
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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It appears completely robust to include all synnonyms:

    Solid, strong, rigid, firm; and shiny!
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    I took the battery out of my Camaro to get some measurements, and built my battery box out of 1 inch angle iron and flat stock.

    Later this month, I have a week off work, so I should be able to get a bunch of work done on this thing.




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    That looks a lot like my battery box, although I suppose there's only so many different ways you can make a square box. I put a hinge on mine to swing it down to access the battery.
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