Question on 4speed assembly for 69 GS

Discussion in 'U-shift em' started by 2manybuicks, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. 2manybuicks

    2manybuicks Platinum Level Contributor

    I have had a correct 5335 shifter handle lying around for ten years. Sending it out to be rechromed shortly.

    Currently my 69 has an incorrect handle that bolts in to the shifter assembly. I am told it is from a firebird of unknown vintage.

    So to make this correct, do I need a correct replacement shifter assembly with rods and all, or are the rods most likely okay?

    (I have no idea whatsoever regarding any of this.)

    I would post pics but my car is elsewhere and about impossible to access.

    Tempted by gsfred's cobbled together shifter unit if my rods will swap over.
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  2. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Are they 3/8 diameter rods?
  3. 2manybuicks

    2manybuicks Platinum Level Contributor

    Dunno. I'll try to get the body guy to send me a pic, but sometimes I don't get a reply for a month.
  4. agetnt9

    agetnt9 Agetnt9 (Dan)

    3/8 " they will probably work but the shifter will have to have the one that pushes in and a thin piece of metal holds the 5335
  5. philbquick

    philbquick Founders Club Member

    Unless you are going for a concourse restoration, I would find a way to attach your stock appearing handle to a Hurst competition plus shifter and linkage.
  6. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    Drilling holes in a factory 5335 handle is not an option. Especially after the OP pays $250 to rechrome it ($125 for the re-chrome and another $125 to re-engrave it)

    The issue is that the OP has an aftermarket/ over the counter Hurst shifter that uses a bolt on handle. The 5335 handle is a push in style that uses clips. So there or a couple of options here-

    You can swap out the handle receiver in the aftermarket shifter for a push in style from Hurst shifters online. But that gets involved and requires a some experience reinstalling the reverse detent spring. Or you can get a new complete factory Buick shifter mechanism for your GS for $349 and maybe re-use the aftermarket rods.
  7. 2manybuicks

    2manybuicks Platinum Level Contributor

    It aint a concourse restoration, but I hate incorrect just on principal.

    Well, except for my Motor Wheel Spyders. I just love those things.
  8. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    I would be happy to convert your shifter to the push in style if you like. But your probably looking at about $100 in parts plus shipping to me and back. Your basically looking at a handle receiver, isolators and two springs (reverse detent and main spring).

    Duane sent me pics of his shifter. To me, it looks like an aftermarket shifter that someone welded a 5335 handle to.
  9. 2manybuicks

    2manybuicks Platinum Level Contributor

    What years had what 4-speed shifters?
    By that I mean, does the shifter body (not the rods or handle) interchange across the years?

    I want a 69 shifter body but do not know what other years to accept.
  10. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

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