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Custom shifter and boot by JMTUT
Started on: 01-05-2018 08:09 PM
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Report this Post01-05-2018 08:09 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JMTUTClick Here to Email JMTUTSend a Private Message to JMTUTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I have always hated how the shifter boot looks. It looks sloppy to me and I think it could be cleaner.
I made a custom hollow shaft and a shift knob from Oak to fit my hand. The alarm/door lock light I installed lights up inside the shaft when set.
The boot is made from spandex type material. I deleted the ash trays as I think they look cluttered.
Let me know what you think.
It could be cleaner but I'm happy with it as proof of concept.

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Report this Post01-06-2018 07:03 PM Click Here to See the Profile for notwohornsClick Here to Email notwohornsSend a Private Message to notwohornsEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I like it. Cleans up that area
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Personally, I've always liked the wood work.. I carved mine also out of birch wood like a three finger turtle shell.. and continued with birch platform and instrument clusters.. I eliminated the ashtrays too... however, I have power mirrors. I cut a rectangle out so I could still use the electrical switches.. came out really nice as did yours

Edit to share a picture--- hope you don't mind

[This message has been edited by unboundmo (edited 01-06-2018).]

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Report this Post01-06-2018 08:18 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fieroguruSend a Private Message to fieroguruEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I like the look of smaller boots as well.

I still have more work to make the console area look better, but the boot is now much smaller.
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Report this Post01-06-2018 10:04 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Betty67Click Here to Email Betty67Send a Private Message to Betty67Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Looks really good! I might have to do something like that too
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Report this Post01-06-2018 10:36 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JMTUTClick Here to Email JMTUTSend a Private Message to JMTUTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Those are some creative and beautiful mods. I am trying to come up with a cleaner way to do my surface area. Maybe Velcro to hold the whole center column cover on?
I'm also considering adding a cup holder between the window switches.
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Report this Post01-12-2018 10:19 AM Click Here to See the Profile for JMTUTClick Here to Email JMTUTSend a Private Message to JMTUTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'd love to see pictures of mods used to modernize the console if anyone has them.
My latest version is below
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I bought mahogany veneer and then cut .062 aluminum to make a new console insert and I also eliminated the ash trays. The problem is/was that the wood veneer and the aluminum had different expansion and contraction rates so as the temperature changed the wood would "blister" and looked horrible. I did it over and used plastic for the base and it worked fine. I made the shifter boot from a flat piece of aluminum .250 thick that I cut in a rectangle with it being open on the inside. I filed it and sanded it until I had a profile that I thought looked good and then I polished it to a bright finish and put a clear coat on it. I had an upholstery shop make a leather boot. To anchor the aluminum frame I drilled holes in each corner and counter sunk them to accept four flat head SS screws that I had previously machined down to a lower overall height and polished. I also did the E-brake in a similar fashion with matching leather.
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I'd love to see pictures of mods used to modernize the console if anyone has them.


Is this thread specific to the manual transmission vs. auto console?

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Those are some creative and beautiful mods. I am trying to come up with a cleaner way to do my surface area. Maybe Velcro to hold the whole center column cover on?


You might look at some engine covers for ideas. They use a ball stud on the base and a rubber boss on the cover to hold the engine cover in place, but still be able to remove with a little effort. This method there is nothing visible from the top side.
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Report this Post01-12-2018 02:07 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JMTUTClick Here to Email JMTUTSend a Private Message to JMTUTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'd like to see mods for both the auto and manual consoles. Always looking for ideas.

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Because I have a Fiero based kitcar, I felt I couldn't keep the stock T-Bar Automatic shift lever. I had originally replaced it with a leather boot made to look like a manual. I liked it a lot.





But I always wanted a simulated gated shifter so I recently finished this:



I added an LED to light it up at night:



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Report this Post01-12-2018 04:48 PM Click Here to See the Profile for VanGTP5000Click Here to Email VanGTP5000Send a Private Message to VanGTP5000Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I also removed the ashtrays and molded in loose change holders with LEDs. Since I didn't have a dome light, now simply opening one or both ashtray lids provides plenty of light!



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Report this Post01-12-2018 05:35 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JMTUTClick Here to Email JMTUTSend a Private Message to JMTUTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
That is really nice. I like the light colored vinyl/leather all the same colors.
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Report this Post01-12-2018 06:13 PM Click Here to See the Profile for VanGTP5000Click Here to Email VanGTP5000Send a Private Message to VanGTP5000Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thank you very much JMTUT!

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I added an LED to light it up at night:


-Van


Love the color scheme, beautiful stark contrast that feels comforting at the same time!

Sure is bright in there now!

I always wished I had the nerve to do white leather in my trans am, like the 25th and 30th anniversary cars. I doubt I could dare even go lighter than grey.
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Love the color scheme, beautiful stark contrast that feels comforting at the same time!

Sure is bright in there now!

I always wished I had the nerve to do white leather in my trans am, like the 25th and 30th anniversary cars. I doubt I could dare even go lighter than grey.


It is bright thanks to you viperine! The LEDs really work as an interior light the way I had hoped.

Thank you for the compliment. The white interior is a labor of love. It requires a lot of maintenance to keep it clean ugh!!!

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Report this Post01-15-2018 11:37 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JMTUTClick Here to Email JMTUTSend a Private Message to JMTUTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Pictures of version 4 attached. VanGTP, I hope you don't mind that I borrowed your mono color idea. I'm trying to decide now if I'll reverse the colors on the radio surround.
I like that this car is easy to modify and show personalities of owners.


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King TUT...I don't mind it at all!!! You have definitely made it your own. I think you are going to like it if you decide to reverse the color scheme on the radio/Hvac surround.

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I am going to reverse colors on the surround. I also need to repair and recover the dash so I can get rid of the awful dashmat.
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I am going to reverse colors on the surround. I also need to repair and recover the dash so I can get rid of the awful dashmat.


https://www.fierostore.com/...px?s=92150&d=249&p=1

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Report this Post01-27-2018 02:00 AM Click Here to See the Profile for JMTUTClick Here to Email JMTUTSend a Private Message to JMTUTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Following up with the reversed colors on my Radio Bezel.
I like how It is turning out.
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Report this Post01-27-2018 09:52 AM Click Here to See the Profile for VanGTP5000Click Here to Email VanGTP5000Send a Private Message to VanGTP5000Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Oh hell yeah!

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Report this Post01-29-2018 07:06 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JMTUTClick Here to Email JMTUTSend a Private Message to JMTUTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Picture of original console and latest revision. As you can see, I'm having a blast working on the interior until it warms up enough to work on the exterior.

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I have Rodney's Hurst shifter with a round0black-old-school-4-speed shift knob. It takes me back to the 60's.
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Report this Post01-29-2018 08:46 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JMTUTClick Here to Email JMTUTSend a Private Message to JMTUTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Back in 87, my older brother had a 69 Chevelle SS 396 with Hurst Shifter. Actually twisted a drive shaft. No subtlety to that car!
He wouldn't let me drive it at 16. Probably a wise choice.
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Rodney's short shifter is excellent and lowers the knob (I used the factory leather covered knob) down to where it should have been in the first place.
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This was my INSPIRATION right here!

Thank you very much Steve!

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Report this Post02-01-2018 08:35 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JMTUTClick Here to Email JMTUTSend a Private Message to JMTUTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I love those gated shifters. Too bad I can't get one to work with a manual.
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I love those gated shifters. Too bad I can't get one to work with a manual.


I believe Amida has found a way to make it work with a manual. I am not certain of it but you might try reaching out to him. He is a very talented individual.

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Report this Post04-20-2018 05:54 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JMTUTClick Here to Email JMTUTSend a Private Message to JMTUTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Recovered my dash with black arctic vinyl. Covering those curves was difficult for someone with zero upholstery experience. I definitely tested my patience.
I decided to go with the matching new color from the exterior for the radio and instrument covers. I like it so far. Easy to change if I decide I don't like it in the future.
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Hard time getting pictures to post.

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