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Old 07-31-2004, 08:21 PM
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whats the deal with ratchet shifts

hey im kinda new to hot roding im 16 years old im i want to build up a nice hot rod to have a little fun in so i have been looking around an i see all this stuff about ratchet shifters a been hearing a lot of good stuff im just trying to find out if it would be good for me i might want to get in to racing but for now i think i wanna make astreet rod so would be good to get a ratchet shift or are they more for racing if so does any one use them in street cars? if u can help me at all i would love it thx guy hope to see lost of replies


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Old 07-31-2004, 09:35 PM
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Basically a ratchet shifter only allows you to make 1 gear change at a time, so if your in first & hit the shifter, itll only go to second gear...to prevent you from accidently going to 3rd or neutral
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Rachet shifters are most definetly for street use. My brother has a 5.7l s-15 Jimmy with a B&M rachet shifter in it. You Can't miss a shift and it has a gear indicator right next to the shifter lever. A very safe and precise way to shift an automatic, especially when you're winding out the gears.

I put a 350 in an S-15 pick up and just used a Hurst Floor Shifter (no rachet, no indicator). I was far from home and lost a three of the four bolts holding on the crank pulley, so I pulled into a local garage and had them replace the missing bolts. I told the service manager that the truck was a hod rod and the clutch pedal was just for starting. It was actually an automatic (700R4) and to make sure the mechanic got me before he started the truck so I could explain the transmission to him. Well, I explained the truck to the jockey kid who brought the truck into the garage. He left it at the doors and then the mechanic got in started it in gear, left a patch of rubber clear across the garage nearly drove into the waiting area.

If I were to build up another automatic I would definitely put in a ratchet.
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Hmmm, a clutch pedal to start the engine, with a 700R4....??

You need to let us in on that setup..
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hey thx for the help
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I left the clutch pedal including the starter switch because I never wanted to put in an automatic and figured that someday I would put in a manual.

The engine came out of a police cruiser and the Muncie 350 trans. was a perfect fit with the cross member and adapter mounts. I replaced the Muncie with a 700R4 but not the manual that I wanted to.

I ended up cracking the frame and now the truck sits in my scrap yard. You can check out a nice picture of the cracked frame in June's issue of Classic American.
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OK, so I still dont get why you told him that the pedal was for starting it. you either have to explain a little more, or Im thinking that comment wasnt even worth bringing into the storey
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OK, so I still dont get why you told him that the pedal was for starting it. you either have to explain a little more, or Im thinking that comment wasnt even worth bringing into the storey
I believe what's going on here is that the starter safety switch which is ativated by the clutch pedal was still hooked up. There for the clutch pedal had to be pushed in order to complete the starter circuit.
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