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Spacer block for Hurst shift handle?

Continuing on the 4 speed conversion, I am now up against locating the shifter, and really only have 1 position, which is all the way to the rear of the Muncie. This will work, IF I can space the shift handle to the right (passenger side) about 2 1/2- 3 inches....Can I just make a steel spacer block, and use it between the shifter bracket and the shift stick which will be that thick? I know they make one about 5/16" thick, but I need much more to get the stick away from my legs...
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Hurst just bent the handle over just above the shifter main body. Quite a bit easier and won't screw up the geometry. They used this method to get around bench seats to fitting consoles.

A long shifter stick, a vise, a torch and you have the shifter handle in the correct position.
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Hurst just bent the handle over just above the shifter main body. Quite a bit easier and won't screw up the geometry. They used this method to get around bench seats to fitting consoles.

A long shifter stick, a vise, a torch and you have the shifter handle in the correct position.
Understood, my issue is not the bend towards or away from the seat...but the side to side position, and torching a new chrome handle doesnt work for me, so gonna try a big spacer block to get stick towards the passenger side...
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You might consider making two spacers out of steel tubing or pipe with the ends squared off (easy for me, I have a lathe) and longer grade 8 bolts instead of making a block. Either way, with it spaced like that the shifter will feel strange moving across the gate as it will move up and down a bit...

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I think I've figured out a possible solution, I'm going to make up a block of steel same size as bottom of shift stick, and it will be twice the length of the part which slips into the actual shifter bracket where it bolts on. The difference, the top half of the block will be angle away from the seat, so the shift stick gets mounted to that, which should give me the clearance I need from the seat....we shall see!
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If you get stuck; Jody Haag at Jody's Transmissions (hes on Team Chevelle and several other sites) is a real shifter setup wizard. He may have just the offset handle or 'block' you need
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To answer the original question, yes you can just make a steel spacer block. The Competition Plus in my 1970 442 has about a 1.5" offset built into the lever that comes out of the shifter mechanism to align the stick with the factory console, so the offset you're talking about isn't significantly greater. Yeah, if you plan on banging shifts at the track, you'll be imposing a rotation force in the mechanism that may lead to premature wear. The shifters can be rebuilt.
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Kinda on topic: I have a Hurst Super Shifter bought used that came without a stick or knob. I found both new on Craiglist for $40 that appears to be #538-8550, but the retention grooves are only cut on one side making it install forward only. If I reversed this handle without cutting new grooves, would it tend to "flop around"? I hate to destroy a new part cutting grooves in it... I'd be open to trading it for the proper (straight-up) #538-7238 that came on a Super Shifter, as I've built a new mount plate that raises the whole works up to straighten out the shift rods and could use a shorter stick...



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