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Old 12-09-2010, 09:57 AM
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How to use 1954 Steering column shifter for T350?

Hey guys, I haven't posted here in a while.
I am swapping my powerglide transmission from my 54 Chevrolet car and was considering the TH350 as a replacement. (I am also yanking the inline 6 for a V8).

Is there anyway to keep my steering column shifter? And make that linkage work to shift gears?

Has anyone tried to use an electric actuator to have a type of push button shifting? (this would really be an entirely different thread).

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I doubt it since the powerglide has 2 gears and the th350 has 3. Might want to look for a newer steering column or after market one with the column shift and linkage to work with that 350. Or you can just put it on the floor with a new shifter.
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http://www.jegs.com/p/Lokar/Lokar-Co...49836/10002/-1
I'm sure u can adapt.
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I knew I had some these somewhere before. I didn't think the Th-350 had that little arm coming out the side to mount anything to. I was under the impression that the gear selector came from the top of the trans and went straight into the car.

Has anyone got any experience doing this?
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I doubt it since the powerglide has 2 gears and the th350 has 3. Might want to look for a newer steering column or after market one with the column shift and linkage to work with that 350. Or you can just put it on the floor with a new shifter.
No way will i make this a floor shift!
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You could proably use some boneyard link arms. The Lokar willcome with threaded arms for adjust ment. The trick is to get the through of the shifter matched to the tranny and lined up tto give a smooth shift. A lot of trial and error.
The one thing I thought Lokar could do to improve was to put left hand thread on one end of the rod/rods .
The good thing they have is a multy position clamp for the tranny.
That must be set so when the arm/rod pushes it, it will not bind.
When I did my floor shift I got the long rod but had to cut it and then run a die on it to work for my application.
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:02 AM
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You could proably use some boneyard link arms. The Lokar willcome with threaded arms for adjust ment. The trick is to get the through of the shifter matched to the tranny and lined up tto give a smooth shift. A lot of trial and error.
The one thing I thought Lokar could do to improve was to put left hand thread on one end of the rod/rods .
The good thing they have is a multy position clamp for the tranny.
That must be set so when the arm/rod pushes it, it will not bind.
When I did my floor shift I got the long rod but had to cut it and then run a die on it to work for my application.
Thanks for the advice. I was thinking I would probably need to make a few arms to make this work.
Luckey for me I work in a company that has a machineshop. so I can modify things easily. I could really make this linkage myself, but it would take me more time then $50. I guess Ill have to see how to do this when the time comes.

I was kind of hoping someone would have pictures of their work to show off their creative skills.
Pictures are just nice ways to get the ideas flowing.
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your column has a short throw for the powerglide PRNDL and you need PRND21
i had a similar problem when i matched a 700r4 PRND321 to an astro van column with PRND21
the linkages on all chevy automatics is basicaly in the same spot, give or take
if you only need PRND then you only need to hook up the linkage
if you want all the low range gears, this is what i did:
setup your linkage to work in P park, make sure you have the right rotation to get into the other gears
make a 2 piece link on the trans, hold it together with a pair of vicegrips,
adjust the length of the link shorter or longer until you get the right throw to find all gears, weld it together (remove vicegrip).
and your done.

or buy the lokar linkage that already has the adjustable arm...
but mine was free
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Shiftworks / Kugel Komponents have these also.
http://www.shiftworks.com/kugel.htm
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Old 12-11-2010, 07:43 AM
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i edited the thread title to indicate what year column is being retro fitted
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