Cutlass factory floor shift questions

wskirvin

wskirvin

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May 22, 2017
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Was there a difference in the shifter on the floor shift cars or are they universal between a 3 speed and 4 speed? I know the cable would more than likely be different and I know the top trim plate is different but I'm not sure about the shifter itself. Was going to use a B&M Quicksilver, but just can't bring myself to cut a new console. The junk one i had for mock up was fine to cut though. Any info would be helpful!
 
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ck80

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Not completely sure why you're asking...

If your question is (for example) if anything on the shifter itself on a 1983 cutlass with 3spd auto is different than one in a 1987 cutlass with a 4spd auto....

Yes. They are different. The plate in the shifter has notches that the shifter mechanism clicks into as you move the gears. The 3spd has a different pattern with one fewer notch than the 4spd
 
wskirvin

wskirvin

Apprentice
May 22, 2017
96
62
18
Indianapolis, In
#3
Not completely sure why you're asking...

If your question is (for example) if anything on the shifter itself on a 1983 cutlass with 3spd auto is different than one in a 1987 cutlass with a 4spd auto....

Yes. They are different. The plate in the shifter has notches that the shifter mechanism clicks into as you move the gears. The 3spd has a different pattern with one fewer notch than the 4spd

Thanks for the info! Car was a column shift and I decided i wanted a floor shift and thats why i was asking. Im going from a 3 speed to a 4 speed trans and wasnt sure if the 3 speed would work or not. Im still building the drive train out of the car so just trying to get info and gather parts before i bolt it all together and realize im missing half of what i need
 

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