Manual Transmission Shifter Ball Options?

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Manual Transmission Shifter Ball Options?

Post by Florida_Phil » Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:22 pm

Are there any options to replace my 1955 Thunderbird manual transmission door knob shifter ball? Will a round Hurst ball or similar fit?

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Re: Manual Transmission Shifter Ball Options?

Post by ranchbird » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:10 am

Funny you should ask, I have always liked the looks of the white Hurst knob. What I did was get a white one with the 3spd pattern then I drilled it out slightly larger and used a tap that matched the size and thread of the stick in my 56, looks pretty cool. Its been a while since I did it so I don't remember the size of the tap. Just pick a tap that fits the original knob.

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Re: Manual Transmission Shifter Ball Options?

Post by ranchbird » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:14 am

I would have posted a picture but couldn't figure it out and finally gave up.

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Re: Manual Transmission Shifter Ball Options?

Post by Florida_Phil » Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:18 am

Good idea. Thanks for the tip!

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Re: Manual Transmission Shifter Ball Options?

Post by redstangbob » Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:01 am

I would have posted a picture but couldn't figure it out and finally gave up.
looks like we need a new 'how to' on posting, it can't get much easier now :???:
It's gonna be cool when it's done
And now it's really cool !!


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Re: Manual Transmission Shifter Ball Options?

Post by ranchbird » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:48 pm

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Re: Manual Transmission Shifter Ball Options?

Post by Florida_Phil » Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:07 pm

Looks good! I see you used the Hurst boot and trim ring as well. I wouldn't have thought of that. Thanks!

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Re: Manual Transmission Shifter Ball Options?

Post by ranchbird » Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:34 am

Its actually the original chrome surround and boot, the picture not real clear.

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Re: Manual Transmission Shifter Ball Options?

Post by Florida_Phil » Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:47 am

My car is a '55 and doesn't have the chrome surround, just the boot. Is that stock? If so, where can I buy the chrome trim surround?

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Re: Manual Transmission Shifter Ball Options?

Post by ranchbird » Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:49 am

I would think the 55 would be the same, are you sure its not covered up by the carpet.

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Re: Manual Transmission Shifter Ball Options?

Post by Florida_Phil » Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:02 pm

My '55 car has a metal lip sticking through the carpet where the boot attaches. I have never seen a TBird with the chrome trim piece that yours has. My parts book does not show this piece either.

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Re: Manual Transmission Shifter Ball Options?

Post by ranchbird » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:16 am

I guess they were on 56-57 birds, if you go to thunderbirdseast.com they have a picture of a restored one for sale.

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Re: Manual Transmission Shifter Ball Options?

Post by Florida_Phil » Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:12 am

I ordered an old school 3 speed shifter ball on EBay. The threads on my '55 are 3/8" x 24. The ball fit without any modification. Much better in my opinion.
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