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Gamecock66 05-10-2012 08:24 PM

Need some trans and shifter ID help.
Ok guys this is in my 66 Chevelle. The PO swaped the auto to a four speed and I am trying to figure out what trans it is, If the cross member is correct or home made fabrication. I also want to show the issue with the shfter hitting the cross member with the reverse finger. I know it is not the correct shifter. I beleive it is for a Camaro. So here are the pics. The red lines and red box shows the reverse rod that hits the cross member. Any info is greatly appreciated!

mmerlinn 05-11-2012 03:20 AM

Bottom ribs suggest that it is a Saginaw to me, but cannot be sure with your pictures.

unclebuck20 05-11-2012 05:59 AM

Trans Help
Check the serial numbers on the trans. If it was me i would pull the trans and go through it. Once you you identify the trans you can get the proper shifter for it. or grind a slot in the crossmember to clear the shifter rod.

AutoGear 05-11-2012 06:58 AM

I believe its a saginaw, but those pictures all have a weird angle to them. As said before, get a casting number from something on the trans.

joe_padavano 05-13-2012 06:04 PM

Trans is cast iron, revers is on the side cover (not the tailhousing) and the shifter mounts on a large bracket, not the normal one-piece plate. Everything points to a Saginaw.

Gamecock66 05-13-2012 07:21 PM


Originally Posted by joe_padavano
Trans is cast iron, revers is on the side cover (not the tailhousing) and the shifter mounts on a large bracket, not the normal one-piece plate. Everything points to a Saginaw.

Any idea what shifter I need or if there is anything I can do with this one to make it work? Right now it is offset so far to the left that I cannot fix the hole in the floor with the proper shifter hump and get the console to fit.


junior stocker 05-15-2012 07:53 PM

You have a Saginaw 4-speed, and unfortunately, it's one of the lighter duty ones having come from a Vega/Monza application (based on the extension housing having the provision for the anti-vibration weight). Should be fine as long as you don't beat it. You probably did'nt want to hear that. junior stocker.

Gamecock66 05-16-2012 06:48 AM

Thanks. Nah it is ok hearing it. I am building a BB for it and will bite the bullet when it comes time and get a muncie or opt for a 5speed. My main goal right now is to get this thing going as a driving project. I need to figure out what shifter to use in order to fix the floor and run my console.

If anyone knows what I need please let me know. If anyone has a used one that will work let me know that as well.

Wade :thumbup:

junior stocker 05-18-2012 03:00 PM

It is a Hurst shift based on the mount bracket used. The "tower" assembly however could be meant for ant make car originally, and just adapted by using the correct rods. In my case, I used a Hurst shift originally from a MOPAR with the "pistol grip" design shifter handle. Your car also has a 55-59 Chevrolet TRUCK bellhousing based on the bolts/nuts on the lower trans ears. You could probably shorten the reverse lever on the shifter tower, and redrill the hole for the reverse rod, in order to gain some clearance. junior stocker.

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