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jmb36TA

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #120 on: April 13, 2018, 01:00:25 PM »
Thanks a lot!!

No problem, I'm happy to help  :cool:
68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

jmb36TA

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #121 on: April 15, 2018, 09:45:23 AM »
So yesterday I did a much needed modification. Several months ago I switched out the T handle shift knob to the wooden one with the push button. I didn't know at the time that the shift lever was different to accept the wooden one. The t handle was held on with a set screw and the wood is held on with C clips. Well, there were no groves on the lever for the clips to go in so I tried cutting some in with a pipe cutter. It worked ok but they were not wide enough or deep enough for a good hold. Every now and then the whole knob popped off as I shifted...lol. There's also a little guide ring that slides into some groves at the top of the lever and keeps the knob from turning. Those groves weren't on the lever either so I never used the ring. I also swapped the transmission form the 2 speed to a 3 speed. The detent plate only locked into drive and 2nd so the detent for the low gear was missing. No big deal since it still shifted into low if I wanted to but I didn't like it not locking. I have been looking around for a while of a 3 speed shifter with the wood knob to drop in and replace the 2 speed t handle. No happening for under $300. Then I found that I can replace the detent plate, that kit casts around $100 And rivets had to be drilled out and the new plates screws in.

First thing to do was pull the shifter and clean it up...



You can see the 2 groves for the C clamps that I cut in with the pipe cutter
 

Disassembled..


All clean...
   

You can see the slots I cut in for the guide ring at the top of the shifter and the wider deeper groves for the C clamp...
 

I forgot to take pictures of the guide ring in place. This is the guide ring so you can see how it needs the slots to slide over the shaft. The notch the on the outside goes around a pin on the inside of the shift knob and that prevents it from spinning.


I was able to use my Dremel tool to grind out the additional detent for low gear. It wasn't very difficult and it saved me $100 and drilling out the rivets. Of course I didn't take a picture of it but you can see it in the second picture. The first picture shows the difference in the detent plate. Going from a 2 speed to a three speed is a very simple modification that took about a minute to do.

Here you can see the additional notch for the three speed...


It took hardly any time to notch the detent and now I have a solid low gear...


All together, looking and working like new, and best of all it keeps $300 bucks in my pocket!
68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

roadking77

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #122 on: April 15, 2018, 10:16:22 AM »
Nice job.
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jmb36TA

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #123 on: April 15, 2018, 03:40:29 PM »
Almost forgot about the USB port in the console. Since I had the console out I decided to run the line under the carpet and up through the screw hole, that way I didn't have to cut into the console.
68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

Jack

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #124 on: April 15, 2018, 05:04:51 PM »
Where did you plug the charger and how did you run the cable (USB side)




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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #124 on: April 15, 2018, 05:04:51 PM »

DD78TA

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #125 on: April 15, 2018, 07:10:07 PM »
Very nice! Good pics!! I wonder if this shifter is the same as the 2nd gen shifter?

jmb36TA

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #126 on: April 15, 2018, 10:31:34 PM »
Very nice! Good pics!! I wonder if this shifter is the same as the 2nd gen shifter?

Thanks DD. The housing is different on the 2nd gen but basic disassembly is the same.
68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

jmb36TA

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #127 on: April 15, 2018, 10:45:51 PM »
Where did you plug the charger and how did you run the cable (USB side)

It's plugged into the back of my radio. It's a retro sound radio with 2 USB ports, 2 aux ports and bluetooth. You can see it in my previous posts. The cable runs under the carpet past the shifter and up trough the screw hole in the console.
68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

Re: 69 TA
« Reply #127 on: April 15, 2018, 10:45:51 PM »
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