I'm down to 3 shifters, which should i go with (feel free to post reasons)?
B&M Pro Ratchet
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B&M Hammer (probably with a quicksilver knob, I don't like the hammer handle)
25.00%
2
B&M QuickSilver
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2
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Aftermarket Auto shifter
#1
Anyone running an aftermarket automatic shifter?

What do you like/don't like? Why?

Pics?
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Silverback;105571 Wrote:Anyone running an aftermarket automatic shifter?

What do you like/don't like? Why?

Pics?

Heres a thread with a little info. http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-looki...ifter-help

I installed a B&M Sport ratchet shifter in mine and love it. Had to trim the console some to get it to fit but i didnt mind. turned out pretty decent. I like the ratchet shifter because you never have to worry about missing a shift (hitting nuetral at 5500 rpm!). Heres a pic
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Kevin

1971 Mach 1
408C Stroker
C4 w/3,000 stall
8.8" Rear w/3.73's
Disc brakes all way around.

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#3
I actually have the same shifter and love it. First of all, it just looks cool (if I have to have an automatic, it should at least look cool). When I bought my '73, it had some other shifter with a broken handle. I also like the positive shifting. Not to mention, my wife can't seem to figure out the reverse lockout so she doesn't want to drive it..lol.
Since I don't have a console, I didn't have to deal with fitment issues.
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#4
Having the same delema myself at the moment, will be having my C6 rebuilt with a reverse pattern full manual valve boby, so need a shifter thats back to front pattern wise. I couldn't make up my mind on either a B&M Hammer shifter or a Hurst V-Matic so I brought both, I like the look of the Hurst but i think the Hammer will be a better fit into the console...


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#5
Pegasus, you need to check with Summit - they also have some right-hand drive versions of the B&M Megashifter, Starshifter, and Sportshifter. Hopefully, Hurst has one too, for your purposes (I'm making an assumption based on your location).

I've been tossing around the idea of an aftermarket shifter as well. I've recently done an AOD conversion, and must either rebuild and adapt (to the AOD cable configuration) the factory shifter, or make the AOD's factory shifter ('89 Mustang GT donor) fit into the console - which will look kinda weird because the Fox-body mounting point is at more of a sloping angle away from the firewall than the '71-'73, therefore, the shifter itself is shaped much differently.

I've always loved the look of the B&M Megashifter since I first saw one in a mid-'80s Trans Am. The Hammer Shifter looks great as well, and seems to look like it might fit into the full console without too much trimming, unlike the Megashifter, Starshifter, and Sportshifter (which look quite a bit larger and will require some trimming or 'something'). I'm just not entirely sure about the Hammershifter because I haven't read-up on its specs (physical dimensions, et al) to know what it's all about. I'm hoping to not have a shifter sticking up so high that you could use it as a coat hanger, and the Megashifter has an 11.75" height from the mounting surface - which sadly, seems just a little much to me as the factory full console rides fairly low based on everything I've seen. When I find some specs on the Hammershifter, and now the Hurst V-Matic, I might have more options to consider.

Whatever I do find out, I'll be sharing of course.

Eric

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#6
I would kill for something like the TCI streetfighter for the new mustangs:
http://www.tciauto.com/tc/streetfighter-...ifter.html

but I've already talked to them about trying to adapt it to other applications and they seem to indicate that it would be next to impossible. I have 2 different cars that I'd use one in if I had any faith that it could be done (this one with a 3 speed C6, the other with a GM 4 speed), but I'm not sure that I'm up for spending >$500 on an experiment to see if I can get it working.

Can anyone think of something with a similar look/function that does come with a ford 3 speed gate?
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Silverback;105691 Wrote:I would kill for something like the TCI streetfighter for the new mustangs:
http://www.tciauto.com/tc/streetfighter-...ifter.html

but I've already talked to them about trying to adapt it to other applications and they seem to indicate that it would be next to impossible. I have 2 different cars that I'd use one in if I had any faith that it could be done (this one with a 3 speed C6, the other with a GM 4 speed), but I'm not sure that I'm up for spending >$500 on an experiment to see if I can get it working.

Can anyone think of something with a similar look/function that does come with a ford 3 speed gate?

Ha! That's almost exactly what the '89 Mustang/AOD shifter looks like - there might be a little more slope to it, though. The big difference is the lock-out button is on the side, just like the factory '71-'73 automatic shifter though.

I wanted to actually use it because it 'looks' factory enough (and is already matched up to the cable and everything), but the slope will cause the 'Park' end to be almost 2 inches lower than the 'back-end' of the shifter itself... which would look quite goofy, I believe.

I need to actually take the full console in and test-fit everything. It might not be as bad as I think (although I'm not optimistic). I'll take some pictures, of course.

Eric

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#8
When I was a kid I always wanted a megashifter, but after seeing a couple of rather badly installed versions in person I decided that was way too clunky for me. In pictures I think the v-matic looks kind of clunky, but I don't know that I've seen one in person, but it seems almost universally liked, I kind of wonder if I got my hands on one if I'd end up liking it.

I like the cleaner lines of something like the Promatic, b&M quicksilver the, the b&m ProRachet... (I really like clean, functional lines, and this thing will definitely see some hard street and serious track use if I ever get it running), the thing is that I haven't seen many of them in person (funny, I used to work at a speed shop). the b&m designs really speak to me in pictures, but I'm worried that a lot of people say that when they get them next to comparable hurst products they aren't as nice.

I wish i could see a bunch of them and get my hands on them, I know that I don't want something like the cheetah/winters style gated race shifters... they're beefy, strong and functional, but just not what you want to see in a street car.

Mister 4x4;105692 Wrote:Ha! That's almost exactly what the '89 Mustang/AOD shifter looks like - there might be a little more slope to it, though. The big difference is the lock-out button is on the side, just like the factory '71-'73 automatic shifter though.

I wanted to actually use it because it 'looks' factory enough (and is already matched up to the cable and everything), but the slope will cause the 'Park' end to be almost 2 inches lower than the 'back-end' of the shifter itself... which would look quite goofy, I believe.

I need to actually take the full console in and test-fit everything. It might not be as bad as I think (although I'm not optimistic). I'll take some pictures, of course.

I don't remember the fox mustang shifters looking all that sloped, but I haven't been in one for a few years. My brother has a similar vintage LTD (LX, 5.0, aod..., actually a cool car for an 80's 4 door) with a floor shifter and it looks _a lot_ like the factory shifter in my 71, but without the chrome, it's actually an OK looking shifter. I might be able to find a picture of it if you're interested (probably in the background from when we were welding a rollbar in it)
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Mister 4x4;105685 Wrote:Pegasus, you need to check with Summit - they also have some right-hand drive versions of the B&M Megashifter, Starshifter, and Sportshifter. Hopefully, Hurst has one too, for your purposes (I'm making an assumption based on your location).

G'Day Mister, This is one of those rare occasions when the US stuff is a bonus, I will be leaving the 72 Mach left hand drive, In my state W.A [Western Australia] we now have Vintage registration for cars 25 years or older and when importing cars built before 1989, there is not need to convert them to RHD, only need an automotive engineer to look over the car and sign off on a report saying the car is structually sound and complient to Australian ADR's [Australian Design Rules] for a car manufactured in Australia in that year [1972], If that makes sense?
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#10
I think I'm down to 3 possibilities, I posted a pole. Please vote!
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