Thursday, March 25, 2010

High Performance Modification

Cobble Job, Jerry rigged. Call it what you will but today I needed to fix a shifter on a '70 Mach 1 and the part I needed isn't something you call Napa for. Or any other parts house to be realistic. There is a pivot point between the shifter and a rod that controls the transmission gear selection. That point broke so off I went on making a new one.






















I sat down to start surfing for parts online and realized that finding it online, then ordering, then waiting would take forever so I decided I'd build it. I know I could, it was a slow afternoon so why not have at it. We have a really nice Hardware Store in Mazo that is well stocked with bolts, nuts, odds and ends so off I went and came up with some combination that needed "tweaks".












I re-threaded the bolts I found, then put a small cut so it could slip in the slot on the shifter arm. I also found some bushings that would replace the worn out rubber parts.












I tried some combination's to get the best action out of the shifter and this is what I came up with.











Not the prettiest thing in the world but functional. Considering no one else (except those reading this) will ever see it that should be fine. It will be abused tomorrow after I get the carb tuned up!

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