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Old August 30th, 2011, 08:38 PM   #1
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Default Volvo-style shift lever

I always got a kick out of the shift lever in my Volvo 122S wagon. It was shaped like the lever on the right in the attachment below (passenger side view).

I'd like to make a lightweight extension out of conduit that would slip over and be welded to the stock bug lever (left, below), after it is shortened, of course. This would be in a car with the seats moved rearward quite a ways, so the knob would be where it should be.

I realize that the throws will be huge, even with a short-shift kit, but I'm more concerned about any extra wear on the transaxle caused by the weight of the lever pulling down (pulling the shift rod forward) all the time. Are my fears justified, or for naught?
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Old August 31st, 2011, 02:15 AM   #2
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CC the problem is going to be if there is a way to keep the cut off short part of the VW shifter base from rotating.
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Old August 31st, 2011, 08:07 AM   #3
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Remove the spoons from your eyes, he said
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slip over and be welded to the stock bug lever


I was told to not keep my hand on the shifters as it causes unneeded wear. But to me, logically, what you're doing can't be any worse than installing these custom made heavy shifter knobs
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Old August 31st, 2011, 01:14 PM   #4
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Default Re: Volvo-style shift lever

If it isn't going into an early car, you'll need to notch the current shift rod and use an early shifter with the pin in it to stop the handle and knob from rotating about, OR grab up a nice used custom shifter with a short throw designed right into it off of TheSamba and shorten that for the new contoured shifter extension.

Either way, Easy Peasy and looks like a fun alteration.
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Old August 31st, 2011, 03:03 PM   #5
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CC the problem is going to be if there is a way to keep the cut off short part of the VW shifter base from rotating.
That's covered in Bugdust's thread:
http://www.volksrods.com/forum/showt...673#post367673

The differences between what he showed and my plan is (1) the center of mass is much closer to the fulcrum (ball) on his because of the 'S' bend, and (2) the conduit I plan to use should be lighter than the tubing he used because of the thinner wall. My hope is that one will cancel out the other.
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If it isn't going into an early car, . . . grab up a nice used custom shifter with a short throw designed right into it off of TheSamba and shorten that for the new contoured shifter extension. . . .
I have an extra trigger shifter (empi, maybe?) - what's inside the lever that connects the trigger to the bottom?

If it's a cable, a longer cable should be able to handle a longer lever, but if it's a rod, the bend in the lever would keep that from working . . . .
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CC the problem is going to be if there is a way to keep the cut off short part of the VW shifter base from rotating.
If you start with a shifter from a bus... they already have the pin built in.
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