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» How-To: Fix Fallen Shifter, One Way To Do It, Without pipe clamps!
Blackross
 Posted: Nov 17 2011, 09:54 PM
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How to fix a fallen shifter

Your driving down the road and.....

“BOOM! HOLY CRAP MY SHIFTER FELL THROUGH THE FLOOR” ohmy.gif

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Simple fix, some say pipe clamps, I don't get it. But here's how I did it.

Parts needed....

1. Drill or Dremel with a drill bit
2. Screws
3. Patience, if your big guy its a tight fit.

Remember I don't take any responsibility for anything that might happen to your car, your shifter might still fall through the floor and really piss you off. So just be forewarned, its your car you know it better than most. And good luck...

Assess the problem, mine was a odd problem but still easy to fix.

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My rubber pad went through the floor board with the shifter assembly, ok, I thought it was going to be a costly fix. Nope I put the vice grips on and gave it a good hard yank straight up. And hey look the rubber pad reseated itself!

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GOOD!

Now plan your attack remove the A-pillar assembly, swear and cuss the whole time, I just couldn't get my mind around pipe clamp theory and how it would apply here, air cleaners and cold boxes, yes.... there was pictures and diagrams on that. Sooo here's what I came up with.

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ok... first thing I did was drill opposite of both pads (just in case), if you do this in the middle of the night remember aspires do resonate... so don't piss your neighbors off.

Drill one...
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Then the other...
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And apply screws. Only screw the screws just into the shifter assembly, DO NOT screw into the area where the shifter rod is (it will restrict movement, and piss you off more mad.gif )

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(note the screws I used here were temporary till the next day, I bought smaller screws shown here in the next shot)

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/\ fits great! \/

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*note no pipe clamps were harmed in this howto.
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Great write-up & great to see some hand info being added

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Reference section material for sure

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 Posted: Nov 17 2011, 10:03 PM
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Doing the headlamp socket replacement next
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Yes I did that too! However. too much force exerted down on the shifter whilst changing gears will ultimately result in the screws going through the shifting mechanism. *hence* Pipeclamp = win. smile.gif

I'll have to rip my gear boot up and show you how i did it. =)

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I'ma need to do this. Good sticky!!

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Glow, still waiting for the pics of your shifter fix. :-)

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i just drilled a couple holes from under the car, and bolted the plate of the shifter to the "floor" that the shift comes out of. i had my girlfriend shift through all the gears to see if i was going to hit anything with the bolts before i drilled. easy. and some jam nuts, never came loose. that was in my old gray 95 though.
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QUOTE (dkohls @ Jan 30 2013, 12:09 PM)
i just drilled a couple holes from under the car, and bolted the plate of the shifter to the "floor" that the shift comes out of. i had my girlfriend shift through all the gears to see if i was going to hit anything with the bolts before i drilled. easy. and some jam nuts, never came loose. that was in my old gray 95 though.


I did the same with same good results. it seems much easier this way to me
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BEST SOLUTION- also the easiest- rolleyes.gif

and from Festiva Forums while researching this myself-

3M WINDOW WELD urethane- in caulking gun form- (it's thick so cut your tip wide)

Apply it to fill the space between the outer circle and the collapsing inner shifter ring-

I had my doubts- so I requeried the poster who assured me this worked well and probably better than my suggestion of JB Weld-

in fact he's done several shifters this way, and I will now probably do the 91 Festiva as PREVENTION of failing shifter

AND IT WORKED GREAT- Let it cure overnight- hard rubber GLUES the two circles together- had my doubts but it works-

Cost- $15 or $20 for the tube- already had the caulking gun

The idea I was working on also works pretty well- so I ended up doing both-
First put a radiator hose worm clamp around the inner ring- it worked but the worm clamp area barely catches the outer ring

so then I cut out a Salsa Jar lid to as a washer to support the clamp-
the lid isn't real strong- but it fits over the outer ring and works fairly well to support the clamp which holds the inner ring- The cut circle grabs the inner ring tightly- have to press it down to get the clamp on, and then pry it off with a screwdriver to get it back off when the worm clamp comes off

you could shore up the material I guess, but not that much there, so it's strong enough

anyway painted then it also makes a nice cover for the Window weld rubber

The Darndest part is : I THOUGHT I NEEDED syncros or a NEW TRANNY-

but when the shifter was glued with window weld- the other tranny problems DISAPPEARED http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af137/Glowmouse09/haha.gif

So I can only conclude, it was mostly a failing shifter giving me grief the whole time until it finally failed and fell into the floor completely!

Also possibly worn bushings under shifter- tho shifter didn't feel particularly sloppy. Try to replace those next season.... http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af137/Glowmouse09/boink.gif

Also thought of the set screws solution and would probably work better with 4 screws on each side- but no need with window weld!
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Thanks, very useful post! biggrin.gif
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*bump* I recently did a mod to solve this problem forever. I made a support plate which is a bolt-on.; I welded a piece of flat sheet steel and added flanged tapered rods with bolt holes. This pushes the shifter up and that's where it stays.



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