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Old 02-02-2003, 07:18 AM
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Question 53 Ford / Saginaw Transmission

I bought a 53 Ford F100 that has a 350 Chevy engine and a Saginaw (not sure how to spell it) 4 speed transmission in it. My problem is, that if I try to put a bench seat in it, the shifter is so for back it hits the seat. I think it has some sort of car shifter in it. It just comes straight out of the floor board and is only about 12" tall. I was thinking about maybe putting some sort of shifter in it the when it caome out of the floorboard it imedatly bends forward. Has anyone else hads this problem? does anyone know a solution? Thanks. Any help will help.

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Hurst and MrGasket used to market shifters for bench seat 55-57 chevys that would be about right for your setup
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also, there is a company called Patrick's that deals mainly with 49-54 chevy and jimmy trucks, but they sell a retro fit hurst competion plus shifter that fits a saginaw that mounts farther forward...my dad bought one and the quality is great
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I had the same problem with my 1937 Ford. Heres what I did...I bought a cheap shifter from speedway and cut off the shifter handle about 2 inches above my floorboard. First I heated the handle and bent it over about 90 degrees. Then I cut it about 2 inches too the 'right of the bend {bend it to the passenger side}. Then I secured a piece of half inch stainless rod. I threaded one end to match the shifter handle threads and milled flat about two inches at the other end. I shaped the rod to roughly match the old '37 shifter rod shape. Then I bent the milled end to 90 degrees and welded it to the [cut off] shift handle. Seems too work okay and I was able to reshape the rod [about 3 feet worth} to look like an original '37 Ford installation. I have seen other people with this same problem but have seen no fixes I liked...usually it was some kind of jury rig I would not trust...mine seems okay thus far. Get lots of comments on its cool look and the stainless will polish anyway you like.
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