Floor shifter with column shift column still there

565bbchevy

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So I have the B & M floor shifter installed in my Regal and I have a steering column for the floor shifter but it is not installed yet.
So can I just take out the column shift handle for it to function temporarily with my floor shifter until I get my other column in?
Really I just wanted to test how much effort the cable will have moving the bars going up to the steering column.
Way back when I did my Monte I did the new column and floor shifter at the same time.
 

565bbchevy

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Pop the pin & pull the lever. The shifter bowl will move freely unless you lock the column.
Thanks, I thought that was all I had to do but wasn't sure.
 
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64nailhead

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Hookup the neutral safety switch and back up light to the floor shifter. Then put a big ziptie on the lever that the linkage used to attach to. Knock the pin out of the column shift handle - done.
 

565bbchevy

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Hookup the neutral safety switch and back up light to the floor shifter. Then put a big ziptie on the lever that the linkage used to attach to. Knock the pin out of the column shift handle - done.
I have my Monte wired up like that but used a big lag bolt to lock the column to the firewall.
Unlike the Monte where I made a custom dash the Regal still has the shift indicator in the dash and I would like to keep that functional if I can.
 

64nailhead

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I have my Monte wired up like that but used a big lag bolt to lock the column to the firewall.
Unlike the Monte where I made a custom dash the Regal still has the shift indicator in the dash and I would like to keep that functional if I can.
Well that will be different. Very interested to see how it this works out.
 

Built6spdMCSS

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At some point the Column in my SS was swapped out to one that used to have a shifter on it, it's been sitting like this since I've owned the car. If I rotate it I can't get the key out, which means it's working correctly inside.

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I've re-wired everything to work correctly given my setup.. :)

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Screwz

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I don’t know if this helps but I had a 79 Cutlass with the factory floor shifter and the column had a collar that moved when you shifted . All the linkage was there for a column shift but no handle to pull. You might want to try and find one of those columns .
 

565bbchevy

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I don’t know if this helps but I had a 79 Cutlass with the factory floor shifter and the column had a collar that moved when you shifted . All the linkage was there for a column shift but no handle to pull. You might want to try and find one of those columns .
I already have a floor shift column it is just not installed yet.
 

565bbchevy

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Well that will be different. Very interested to see how it this works out.
I am trying to do the modifications to the interior where they are custom but still give it a kind of factory look..
So if I can retain the dash shift indicator I think that would be kind of cool, that is also why I will be installing the floor shift column to eliminate the the spot where the column shift arm attaches, one of the few things I saved for myself from the Monte SS I stripped.

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