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Old May 27th, 2004, 04:27 PM   #1
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hey guys, one of the things i always had planned for my bug was a rat fink style shifter, meaning big shift knob, and a long shifter coming up nice and high, as soon as i got in my bug i noticed when in 1st and 3rd that the shifter goes under the dash meaning i cant go higher.
Do you think or has anyone done it where you make a kustom one coming up and bending back in towrds the seat then up higher? Would this work or be too unstable to shift nice? I'd like to do this soon and maybe get one of dr. frankensteins's cool kustom shifters for it
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Old May 27th, 2004, 04:30 PM   #2
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try a short shift kit if u dont already have one, thats what i have, shifter moves less than an inch from gear to gear
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Old May 27th, 2004, 04:36 PM   #3
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be aware that you will need to have a shift tube that uses a centering pin in the shifter. (early style)
btw, i may be selling the tall shifter i built for my squareback.
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Old May 27th, 2004, 05:09 PM   #4
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how much fer that tall shifter of yours???
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Old May 27th, 2004, 05:19 PM   #5
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nice work, that looks cool, exactly the height i am after. I will take the boot off my shifter and see how i can do it like that, does yours have a quick shift kit lilbill?
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Old May 27th, 2004, 05:23 PM   #6
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If you have the notched shifter bushing, a bus shifter will drop right in. I had to bend mine over to the right towards the 3rd gear position to clear the steering wheel, but otherwise a straight bolt in. I have also heard (not sure if it was on this site or not) that you can notch the later style shift bushing to fit the centering pin on the shift ball. I didn't use a short shift kit but I probably will eventually. The extra leverage of the longer shifter makes it really easy to miss a shift or grab the wrong gear.

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I chopped about 4" off my t3 shifter, then I bought a piece of tubing that had a 1/2" ID. I ground the rest of the original shifter down so the tubing would slide down over it about 4" and then drilled a hole in both and drove a pin through them both. I also put a bend in it with some heat and a vice.

here it is beside a bus shifter.
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Old May 27th, 2004, 05:54 PM   #8
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yeah, that's what i'm talkin about. good job man, looks cool! bet it feels even cool reachin up there and slammin threw the gears
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Old May 27th, 2004, 06:07 PM   #9
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nice work, that looks cool, exactly the height i am after. I will take the boot off my shifter and see how i can do it like that, does yours have a quick shift kit lilbill?
mines a modified (bent) bus shifter with a homemade eyeball knob. i didn't mount it with a quick shift kit but i've got one.
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Old May 27th, 2004, 06:33 PM   #10
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Excellent jobs.I used a bus shifter.I'm going to, put it in my 73 low bus parts hauler (for shows before it's awarded to someone)so no mod is needed.Oh 2P that's Freak-instien not frank,that's where the hard to follow posts come in."Buford get the correction stick,boy needs a fixin'"see what I mean...Freakinstien! :D Ive got 2 more shifters in the make right now I'll post a little later this month and on my site as well.Definitely check it before you paint it so you won't ruin a good paint job with the torch.If you need an eyeball just tell me the color.I got some more toppers in the make as well.
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got to get er up in the air man!!!
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You will need the pin style shift rod, regardless of what you go with.
If you shift rod does not have a notch in it, It is pretty easy to put one in it.
I used a cut off wheel for a Dremel, The fibred type. The reason I used on of those is the wheel is small and won't cut anything else in the process.
I 2 cuts in line with each other the width it needs to be then grabbed a hold of the piece that needs to be removed and bent it back and forth till it broke off. then I ground and filed the notch clean and I was done in like 30 minutes or so. Not counting the rod removal.
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Amen to that juschopit, that looks nice! thanks for your tips to Jon. another cool thing i can get started, man i got a shit load of shows to go to all of a sudden and so much to do!
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Another picture of a shifter, my car....

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Old May 28th, 2004, 07:33 AM   #15
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im starting to love the look of no door panels...what is it that draws me to them?? ahhhhh!!!!!
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Old May 28th, 2004, 07:57 AM   #16
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i found some places here that have used parts, any particular year model of bus shifter i should get to put it in my '65 bug?
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Old May 28th, 2004, 09:13 AM   #17
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I believe 60-67 buses have the locator pin on the end of the shifter.
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I believe 60-67 buses have the locator pin on the end of the shifter.
yep, they're also skinnier and have a slight curve in them (kinda like cracks johnson) :P
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE</div><div class='quotemain'>yep, they're also skinnier and have a slight curve in them (kinda like cracks johnson) [/b][/quote]
I won't ask how you know that... [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif[/img]
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE</div><div class='quotemain'>yep, they're also skinnier and have a slight curve in them (kinda like cracks johnson)
I won't ask how you know that... [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif[/img] [/b][/quote]
Probably the same way I knew that... his wife told us. :P


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I took the shifter out of a '72 westy for mine and it also has the pin and slight bend. I pulled the pin out and now realize I need to notch my rod end and use that damned pin. Talk about cool lookin' junk.... I'll be happy again when I've fixed it.

This is a cool mod and pretty simple.
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lilbill has just been talking to my Whore again :rolleyes:


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picked up a bus shifter today at the swap meet at the woodburn show for $5 now just have to extend it a little and pop it in, will show pick of finished job
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picked up a bus shifter today at the swap meet at the woodburn show for $5 now just have to extend it a little and pop it in, will show pick of finished job
extend it ? what are you going to do, cut a hole in the roof ?? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif[/img]
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Originally posted by lilbill+Jun 6 2004, 05:40 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(lilbill @ Jun 6 2004, 05:40 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'> <!--QuoteBegin-pistolpete76@Jun 5 2004, 09:40 PM
picked up a bus shifter today at the swap meet at the woodburn show for $5 now just have to extend it a little and pop it in, will show pick of finished job
extend it ? what are you going to do, cut a hole in the roof ?? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif[/img] [/b][/quote]
The thing is going to hit his wife in the head when he shifts into 4th!!! I hope that he is using a short shift kit!
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