Aftermarket floor shifter in a column car

Metzger82

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So I've been sifting through the forum posts to figure out an answer or pictures as an answer for the use of a aftermarket floor shifter, like a B&M Pro Ratchet which I want to use, but without running wires and just using the column linkage.


Here is the link to the post that gave me the most substances but I was wondering if any of you have pictures to help me along with this install.
 

565bbchevy

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I have a B & M Mega shifter in my Regal and I kept the column linkage hooked up mainly so my shift indicator in the dash still worked and the reverse lights and neutral safety also still work so the only wires going to my shifter are for the shift indicator light.
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Personally I prefer a column shifter for an auto trans.
 
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Metzger82

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See the problem is that my linkage for the column won't let me shift down to first gear because my Hedman Hedders that I put on my Olds 350 are interfering with the cycling.
 

el camino ss 84

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You just need to shave some of the linkage down where the header and linkage meet till there clearance between them to. I had to do that when I ran longtube header with column shift setup so I could go into all gears.
 
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565bbchevy

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On mine I had to rotate the mount up and then cut and weld the linkage to clear my headers
 
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How are your body mount bushings? If they are old and collapsed they can allow the body to sit lower on the frame than it should reducing clearance.
 
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Metzger82

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How are your body mount bushings? If they are old and collapsed they can allow the body to sit lower on the frame than it should reducing clearance.
I have replaced all but 2 I believe, I honestly don't exactly remember, when I repaired the floors in the car during the last winter. But I did read and of course decided that the review was B.S. that the long tube would be hit if I did no modifications.
 

Metzger82

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Dec 15, 2021
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NW Ohio
You just need to shave some of the linkage down where the header and linkage meet till there clearance between them to. I had to do that when I ran longtube header with column shift setup so I could go into all gears.
Do you by chance have pictures of what you did to make yours work?
 

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