Did Gm Factory install Hurst shifters in 1978??

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Greetings to all! I would like to ask if anyone could tell me, if GM Factory installed Hurst shifter's in 1978? I recently purchased a 1978 Buick Century Sport Coupe with the factory 4 speed, it has a "Hurst" shifter. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated! I attached a not so great picture, if the picture was better you would be able to see on the side of the chrome shift handle it says HURST.
 

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Some cars did come with Hurst shifters, most with the Inland copy. The shifter body will have either Hurst or ITM stamped on it. Pull the boot & look to she how the stick is mounted to the shifter unit. The O.E. ones are retained with a lock clip, over the counter ones use two bolts.
 
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Some cars did come with Hurst shifters, most with the Inland copy. The shifter body will have either Hurst or ITM stamped on it. Pull the boot & look to she how the stick is mounted to the shifter unit. The O.E. ones are retained with a lock clip, over the counter ones use two bolts.
Really Appreciate you taking the time to explain! I will have to look tonight or this weekend and will update Monday! :) Thanks again!!
 
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Some cars did come with Hurst shifters, most with the Inland copy. The shifter body will have either Hurst or ITM stamped on it. Pull the boot & look to she how the stick is mounted to the shifter unit. The O.E. ones are retained with a lock clip, over the counter ones use two bolts.
What did you mean by "most with the inland copy" ?
 
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Yes they did. I have a factory installed Hurst shifter from a '78 Cutlass here. As Pagrunt has said, the lever clips into the shifter body.
Awesome thank you!! Are the "factory "hurst" shifters rare??
 
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Also, is this listed on the build sheet?
 
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I have a 78 Monte Carlo that my dad special ordered with the 4-speed saginaw.... it was not a hurst shifter...

I have since replaced it with a Muncie M22, the original shifter is at my parents house. if i remember right it was a tool company manufacturer stamped on the side of shifter, but it definitely wasn't made by Hurst.
 
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My shifter came from a '79 Grand Am and its a Hurst. It will have the standard HURST on the handle itself. I don't think that variation would be on the build sheet. Probably a function of what boxes got sent to what factory.
 
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My shifter came from a '79 Grand Am and its a Hurst. It will have the standard HURST on the handle itself. I don't think that variation would be on the build sheet. Probably a function of what boxes got sent to what factory.
Appreciate that! I will check this weekend and get a few pics too and give an update. Thanks again for the info!
 
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