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Old 02-22-2004, 08:49 PM
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I have a 63 nova 4dr. and i broke the 3 on the tree shifter off.. yeah i know..what an idiot..either i get a new one..or i was wondering if at all possible to switch to a floor shifter with the 3 speed powerglide..anyone done it?

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Powerglides are only 2-speeds, but you can get floor shifters for automatics. Try mail order houses or a well stocked auto parts place can get you one. Usually the inexpensive ones are "universal" types. almost fit anything.
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Find one for a 63 nova it will bolt right in. They came factory with them for a two speed power glide.

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So go down to like NAPA and see what they have?

So im kinda confused, i would like a manual shifter on the floor..Would i just have to make my own jig to make it shift? or would i have to get a whole new tranny.

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Lets get this straight.
You said a power glide.
Now you say a manual.

And What is a jig?

Need more information.

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It sounds like you have a standard trans. Get an aftermarket shifter, they bolt to your trans, linkage is made up and adjustable, arms on the trans need to be flipped over or your pattern will be backwards, these should be provided in the kit, basically the toughest part is cutting a hole in the floor. Good luck. Dan
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Here is what i have: 63 nova 4dr, 235 inline six, with a 3 on the tree shifter. The transmission is a two speed powerglide. Now, i broke the shifter off of the steering column. So, I was thinking about buying the piece that i broke off, or instead somehow make the 2 speed transmission shifter be on the floor instead of on the steering column. What are my options for fashioning a way to shift gears? Sorry for last reply, it was at 2:00am..and i was very tired :-)
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What you have is a "Column shift" automatic, not a "3 on the tree". A 3 on the tree is for a standard tranny.

Go to the junkyard and find a car with a powerglide floor shifter and get everything you need. That includes bucket seats if you are going to put in a console.

Probably better to fix your old one. Get a used column from the junkyard.
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Glad we got that mess straight.

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Nope. Its not an automatic. It is a 3 on the tree shifter, it has a clutch and 3 gears, 1st 2nd and 3rd.

And, the whole column shifter isnt broke, its just the rod that comes out, i tried welding the old one, but its just pot metal and is very brittle.

Sorry for confusing you guys, when i said i wanted a manual shifter on the floor, i just mean that i want to take the 3 on the tree off of the steering column and put it on the floor.

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Here is what i have: 63 nova 4dr, 235 inline six, with a 3 on the tree shifter. The transmission is a two speed powerglide. Now, i broke the shifter off of the steering column. So, I was thinking about buying the piece that i broke off, or instead somehow make the 2 speed transmission shifter be on the floor instead of on the steering column. What are my options for fashioning a way to shift gears? Sorry for last reply, it was at 2:00am..and i was very tired :-)

Then, why did you say this?

A Powerglide is a 2 speed "AUTOMATIC" transmission

Anyways, go to a speed shop and get a floor shift conversion kit. Like was said before, the hard part will be getting the hole cut in the right spot.
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BOBCRMAN, got me confused by saying powerglides are only 2-speeds, But anyway, thanks for the help fellas this site is great.
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Don't sweat it......I know how you feel. My 1st car was a 63 Falcon ragtop.with 3 on the tree. I used to powershift it, and one day the shift arm broke right off. The split pin broke right through the pot metal housing. I ended up getting a "Spark-O-matic" 3 speed floor shifter. Don't know if they make them any more. That was in 1969....I was 17 at the time.....Ahhh, the good ol' days.......
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Did you have to make up your own linkage?
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It comes with the shifter.
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