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Username Post: Modifying 1954 Chevy Powerglide shift detent        (Topic#353796)
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11-07-18 10:16 AM - Post#2750670    

Has anyone modified the shift detent to work with a 700r4? I know they sell replacement for the Tri-Fives. I trying to make it work with the column shifter.

Any input would be appreciated.


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11-07-18 12:07 PM - Post#2750677    
    In response to 100fires

Try LimeWorksSpeedShop.Com. They do sell a universal setup that clamps around the sheering column. Not sure how it would work though with the "separate", exposed, shifter shaft. Member drew1987 made his own detent for his 50 with a TH350; should be able to find it in his build sheet.
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Edited by 56sedandelivery on 11-07-18 12:11 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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11-07-18 03:15 PM - Post#2750689    
    In response to 100fires

If you decide not to use the original shifter, you may want to consider an Ididit column. I am using a column shift Ididit in my '53 Belair with a Lokar shifter linkage kit for my 700-R4.


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11-08-18 07:08 AM - Post#2750746    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods

I am not sure how the original looks, but I built my own for a modified manual shift column. The detect was basically a plate that was solid on on reverse and 2-1 so the shifter can move without being pulled toward me from R through N and into D, and could go back up to N, but because R and 2-1 are solid, the shifter would have to be pulled back toward me to get into either gear. The result feels identical to a 2010 impala or something else thats modern. It has been used by non-car people from 20 years to 80 years old and they didn't ask, nor did I tell them how to shift or where the gears were, which is what I was going for... natural. The design for a 700r4 vs my th300 would just be a longer plate. I can did up photos or make a video if you want more info on this

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

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Edited by drew1987 on 11-08-18 07:08 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


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