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Old 08-31-2003, 03:48 PM
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Automatic shifter in pickup floor?

Hello all. I am running a fairly mild 383 in a 79 GMC shortbed pickup with a TH 350 trans. I would like to keep the bench seat and switch the column shifter to a floor shifter but have a couple of questions.

Is this possible?

Can I build a pedestal that would put the shifter higher? I don't want to bend over to reach the shifter and also want a shifter with a short throw.

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of course its possible, most after market floor shifters are cable driven, hell you could mount it on the dash if you wanted to, i was using a b&m star shifter in my 76 SWB c-10 with a bench seat it was much nicer than the old sloppy column shifter.
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Is it possible? YES

What you might want to possibly consider is something along the lines of a shifter similar to what the older Chevy C-50 and up have had for a long time in many chassis set-ups.
Their shifter was mounted vertically on the dash, the shift lever moved up-and-down. Very different while being functional.
Hurst also makes a ratchet shifter with a longer handle just for buyers that want this type of shifter. I have the shorter version in my 79 Chevy stepside off road truck and the only problem in 6 years is the cable came loose and contacted the exhaust pipe, resulting in a melted outer casing which I fixed by covering with nylon tubing and sealing the ends.
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I'm at the same dilemma with my Hillbilly Hotrod project (78 Chevy pickup). Go check out the big truck parts yards. Alot of the dumptrucks/water trucks etc. had the PTO or dump valves mounted in a nice column that was mounted to the floor. If you look around you should be able to find a really nice piece that will suit your needs perfectly.
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Take a look at the "Lokar" shifters. They come in various handle styles and length. No problem at all for running a bench seat and not having to reach down too far.
I have had a couple cable shifters in the past and compared to the Lokar they are pure Junk!
I will never use a cable shifter again. Good luck.
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Old 09-02-2003, 06:48 PM
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My buddy Jim just installed a B&M "light truck Megeshifter" it has all the features.. Reverse lock-out, ratchet action. It works great like a normal shifter but if you want you can ratchet it down and slam the gears.
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