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Old 02-26-2013, 07:53 PM
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round bar steel for shifter??

Hey.
Thinkin bout designing a shifter for my ih rat rod. Im goin semi theme so id like to go something big n round but not overkill. something i can heat and bend in a few places.
I see all kinds of steel rods and i want like a 48" piece but not sure wat kinda steel? Theres all kind of numbers n things.
any suggestions? Cold rolled? Tnx...HG
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La Salle

I always liked the 37 La Salle shifter, about 3 ft long,Tapered from about 3/4 in to 5/16, came out of the top Rh side of the trans, very short throws. We have grabbed a couple big truck shifters from the wrecking yard, They are made from Alloy NOT hot rolled. Can be heated and bent., Cold rolled steel shaft material would work. Stainless shafting is more expensive and can be polished.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:03 AM
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Sweet.
i dont want an overwhelming size but kinda big. Maybe 1 to 1.5 inch diameter???
Got any pics of that l asalle shifter? Tnx..RR
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google time images la salle transmission , long and tapered.
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Something a thick as 1 1/2" will be heavy, and if it's long enough, maybe heavy enough to come out of gear when you accelerate. I know it's not the same, but a buddy of mine had a column shift manual that he mounted a large square cube on. (it was drilled to look like a dice cube) Whenever he was driving in second gear (lever up), he had to hold the lever up so it wouldn't drop out of gear. Just a thought.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:48 PM
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Ok.
thanks for the heads up. Ill do some checkin. RR
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How about a truck wrecking yard..there may be a suitable shifter handle..

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Here is a picture of the one I made for my '46. It's 1/2'' steel rod the I tacked a bolt to for mounting the piston knob. I thought it looked cool but was too heavy for my B&M shifter and would pull it down in gear. It's a shock when it does that!!
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