Lets talk floor shifters

Discussion in 'The "Juice Box"' started by Nailhead Ronnie, Feb 27, 2019.

  1. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    I want to put a floor shifter in my 65 skylark and my 63 wagon.

    So what besides the airplane shifter has Buick made with some cool factor.

    Since the wagon will get an olds moter i was thinking about using that shifter with the 3 sticks. Does anybody know what years and cars i could find one in.

    How about aftermarket.

    What are you using?
     
  2. 1969RIVI

    1969RIVI Well-Known Member

    I got a B&M ratchet/slap shifter in my 69 Riv. The pic is of when I first got the car my interior is now all black
     

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  3. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    How are you liking it?
     
  4. Bigpig455

    Bigpig455 Fastest of the slow....

    I've got a Mr Gasket ratchet shifter in my 73 - in day to day life it's clumsy and frustrating. Olds made a very slick factory console shifter from I dunno - 68-77? Of course I'm partial to the 68-77 Buick staple shifter myseld, but there's always the 73-78 X-Body shifter and console, which makes a tidy little unit.
     
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  5. Electra man

    Electra man Older and Slower

    Those shifters are called lightning rod shifters and came on the 83-84 Hurst Olds only. I hate to burst your bubble Ronnie but they run around $1000 or more when you can find one.
     
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  6. Chi-Town67

    Chi-Town67 Gold Level Contributor

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  7. 1969RIVI

    1969RIVI Well-Known Member

    It's nice when you want to bang the gears and play! It takes getting use to pulling the plunger up everytime it stops at a gear when you're trying to get it down to first. I myself am use to it now and don't mind it.
     
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  8. 455monte

    455monte Well-Known Member

    Screenshot_20190227-203808.jpg heres the console to fit the previously mentioned shifter if u wanted to go original styling Ronnie
     
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  9. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    The wagon is getting a switch pitch 400, does that force me to a particular shifter...

    Thanks for all the posts guys.

    I like the original consuel
     
  10. Electra man

    Electra man Older and Slower

    Any turbo 400 shifter will work fine.
     
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  11. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    So whats the difference between both shifters (Buick staple vs x body shifer)
    Width?
    Size?
    Or is it the consuel?
    Becasue they look a like.
     
  12. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    Thanks for letting me know its called a staple shifter. You could see why i called the airplane shifter. I like them. I think a shifter that is off the colomn and more, funky to use makes its that much harder for the car thiefs. I have to make it hard for a thift. Can't be make it easy for them, so they pick another victim crash into a ditch.
     
  13. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    I have realize and accepted theres some parts im just going have to pay top dolar. But i hope for those lucky finds were i dont have to break the bank.

    So the Hurst cutlass body coupe are the ONLY doners? Not alot of them and I dont see people selling or parting them out.
     
  14. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    If you’re worried about theft, DON’T put a Lightning Rod H/O setup in. Every G body gang banger around wants one or knows what they’re worth and one of them will steal it or the car and do a lot of damage to get it. If you want a floor shifter, go for it, but there’s a lot of better ways to deter theft.
    Patrick
     
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  15. Electra man

    Electra man Older and Slower

    Yes the 83-84's are the only ones that had it. Its main goal was to make a slug about as fast as a donkey. You can do better shifter wise without breaking the budget. I believe they only work on a turbo 350 without mods. They do have a cool look though.
     
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  16. Bigpig455

    Bigpig455 Fastest of the slow....

    As your 65 and 63 dont have a locking column, whatever shifter you get will be able to be moved without keys, and the dash ignition lock was not too hard to actually hotwire, although thats probably a dying art amongst kids.....just put a hidden kill switch in it....
     
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  17. 1969RIVI

    1969RIVI Well-Known Member

    Ha ha kids now a days don't even know what an ignition is, they're ruined by the technology of key fobs, auto start and keyless entry. If it doesn't have a button or voice command they don't know how to use it!
     
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  18. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    Why would they bother? Learn an obsolete skill so you can steal a hoopty, or hang around a gas station or shop and ‘slide’ a new car with pushbutton start?
    Patrick
     
  19. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    Wow, it just came to me how cool push button selector would be
     
  20. Mach5racing

    Mach5racing Well-Known Member

    I know this is an older thread but I would like to put an aftermarket floor shifter in my 69 skylark with a th350 and a bench seat. What do you guys recommend for mostly street use? Trans has a shift kit but that’s it. Also I’m really not looking for one that has the giant plastic base on it. Thanks guys!
     

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