1981 Camaro shifter parts replaceable? - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Transmission - Rearend
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 09-13-2011, 01:21 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 20
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
1981 Camaro shifter parts replaceable?

Hello all,

The factory stock console shifter in my 81 Camaro is very sloppy. There's lots of fore and aft slop and when trying to shift from low range up through the gears the shifter frequently jams and I have to wiggle it back and fourth a few times to get it to finally shift to the next gear.

I took the top cover off to take a look and there seems to be plastic pieces that run in a track thats suppose to keep the shifter tight and smooth. These plastic pieces look pretty well worn out. (see pic at link below)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ro_Shifter.jpg

I would like to repair the shifter if possible because I cant afford to replace it with a aftermarket slap shifter like I want to eventually do, so my question is what are those plastic pieces called and where can I buy replacements? How hard are they to change?

thanks

    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 09-13-2011, 05:56 PM
joshp83's Avatar
owner of Prices Garage
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: west virginia
Age: 31
Posts: 309
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 23 Times in 23 Posts
usually the cable is bad and make sure u have a ground strap on the trans those 2nd gen camaros and firebirds would groung threw the cable and make them sieze up
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 09-14-2011, 02:09 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 20
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I went ahead and removed the shifter. The side bushings look pretty well worn.
Does anyone know the proper name for these and where I can buy some new ones?
its the plastic piece on either side of the shifter held in by 2 bolts (see pic below)




While I have everything apart I plan to also replace the shifter cable.

thanks
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 09-14-2011, 05:20 PM
SSedan64's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Macon, GA.
Age: 50
Posts: 6,016
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 46 Times in 46 Posts
A Restorer parts Shop should have them. Year One, OPGI etc... or any of the Camaro restorer Co.'s

Ricks is one> http://www.rickscamaros.com/transmis...-shifters.html
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 09-15-2011, 06:28 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 20
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Wow these bushings must be made out of unobtanium.
I called Rick's and they didn't have any and said they had no idea of any other place that might.
I've browsed eBay, checked the website catalogs of tons of restoration parts companies and cannot find them anywhere.

I was hoping it was going to be cheaper to replace these 2 little bushings rather then replace the shifter with a aftermarket unit, but that's starting to look like my only option.

Does anyone know what the proper name for these bushings are and/or where they might be perchased?

thanks
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 09-18-2011, 01:00 AM
streetrodderbn's Avatar
Certifiable Streetrodder
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: n.e. ohio
Posts: 369
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
it's cheaper to buy the whole shifter on ebay and take the parts off. There are at least 2 shifter assemblies on there for $39.00 and shipping. I have a 78 z28 shifter lying around somewhere,I'll look tomorrow.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 09-18-2011, 07:19 AM
SSedan64's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Macon, GA.
Age: 50
Posts: 6,016
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 46 Times in 46 Posts
Are you sure those are the worn parts?
Nylon will usually wear the Steel before the Nylon wears. Normally the Gate detents wear & Springs weaken.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 09-18-2011, 08:28 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 20
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
thanks for the help guys..I just bought a used B&M Quicksilver on ebay for $131 shipped..that's a lil pricey for used but the guy claims it's like new.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Transmission - Rearend posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1981 camaro z28 headlights fishermen199 Electrical 3 09-06-2011 04:09 AM
1981 Camaro shifter problems lizardking7750 Transmission - Rearend 26 03-12-2010 07:19 PM
1981 Camaro M/C question staleg Suspension - Brakes - Steering 3 03-07-2007 07:51 AM
1981 camaro 81blownz28 Engine 5 08-23-2004 06:51 AM
1981 dodge b150 customizing parts fuelhauler Introduce Yourself 0 08-06-2004 08:44 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.