The not a hurst shifter thread.


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I've been seeing guys with a Hurst style shifter for their trucks. If anyone was interested in seeing how I built my shifter lever, I will do a brief write up.


So I put this together using the following supplies:

1. Piece of flat-stock steel from Tractor Supply.
2. One M12x1.75 bolt. About an inch-and -a-half long.
3. The shifter stub from a M5ODR2 transmission.
4. Two 1-inch 5/16 18 bolts.
5. Two 5/16 lock washers.
6. White shifter knob from Americanmuscle.com for a foxbody mustang.

The tools used were:

1. Oxy acetylene torch
2. Wood block
3. Table vice
4. Tig welder
5. Bench grinder
6. Punch and hammer
7. 5/16 18 drill bit and tap
8. Cookie wheel and polish
9. Clear coat

Take the shifter stub out of the transmission and grind the driver side of the stub down about a quarter of an inch. Then grind the passenger side of the stub just enough to make a nice even flat spot.





Then drill two holes in the center of the stub, use lots of lube and work slowly. The stub is harder to drill through the passenger side for some reason. You can tap the holes or use a bolt with a nut. The nut and bolt method works better.




Then you need to decide what shape and how long you want the shifter lever to be.

Make a mark the same length as the grindings on the stub of the steel.


Then measure where you want your first bend to be, cut down your flat stock leaving extra material on each end of your steel so your bends dont make the shifter too short.

Using the vice and torch heat the metal till glowing red where you marked it for the first bend. Use the wood block and butt it against the marked area while red and SLOWLY pull the top of the steel back towards you until you reach the desired bend. Cool the steel down and check your work. Mark where you want your second bend and repeat, pulling the steel SLOWLY towards yourself. Cool down and check your work.



Cut the extra length off the bottom, drill the holes and test bolt together. Then cut the top down accounting for the bolts and balls length.

Weld the bolt to the steel then grind the steel and bolt head smooth.


If my ramblings made any sense you should have something like this


Using the cookie wheel and polish, clean it up and clear coat it.




I have very little time into this and im not a great fabricator so its not as bad as it sounds.



I uesd an F150 noise isolator.

Attach your new shifter lever to the modified stub.


http://imgur.com/a/MFK3lNX

End results are.

http://imgur.com/a/AiRVRu1

I also cut down an Advanced Auto cup holder/cd holder to fill in the gap.
 
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Pretty cool...

What did you use for a boot to finish it off... got a part number?

Pictures of it finished... dimentions of the flat stock... maybe your length to bend measurements?
 

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Pretty cool...

What did you use for a boot to finish it off... got a part number?

Pictures of it finished... dimentions of the flat stock... maybe your length to bend measurements?
Thats what I was going to try and gather tomorrow when I get back to the garage.

The boot is
Spectre Performance 6284 Large Shift Boot https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00062ZI2W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_UW2pEbW48XNYG

I flipped the chrome piece on the bottom upside down and painted it black and removed the top one just to make assembly easier. Beware its has really sharp edges when you take it apart.


And to be perfectly honest I didn't measure anything I eye balled it.
 

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Well… maybe go back and edit your original post with some photos... add some specs... your part numbers and clean up the typos. You might just have an entry for a shifter mod in the tech library.

Curious... Does the actual Hurst shifter shorten the throw?
 

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No idea..... im not going to spend the money on one..... I put it together for looks...
 

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Curious... Does the actual Hurst shifter shorten the throw?
According to AllanD the Hurst shifter does shorten throw and tightens things up quite a bit. IIRC his exact words on the matter were "It's expensive, but worth every cent."
 

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That's pretty slick. I wouldn't mind getting one like that for my truck.
 

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According to AllanD the Hurst shifter does shorten throw and tightens things up quite a bit. IIRC his exact words on the matter were "It's expensive, but worth every cent."
That's kinda what I expected... it's typical of what Hurst shifters do.
 

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I like this. I just welded an extension onto a.factory shifter for noise control, but.this absolutely looks better than what I did

I know @racsan has one of the hursts as well. Im still mulling it over.
 

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At the time I bought my hurst shifter, the bushings for the stock setup could only be gotten through a stealership. (Ive seen them in a summit catolog since then, maybe a couple years back) when I went to ford to see about a bushing kit, I got all kinds of run-around, They wanted some “engineering number” off the side of the transmission (and normally Im happy to provide whatever’s needed, but this was a rebuilt transmission, the label had been painted over black along with the rest of the transmission) I knew it was a M5OD, I knew my engine, year and all that. Then they wanted to sell me the whole top plate assy with the shifter forks. So I logged into either summit or jegs (its been so long that Im unsure which one I ordered it from ) It must have been a popular item as it was on backorder for 2 months. I didnt realize it came with a boot and had ordered one of those too. It is a little noisy compared to the stock shifter but the solid, positive shifts are so nice! The threads on the end for the knob are 3/8-16 so you can put nearly any knob on that you like. The price has gone up some since I got mine but Id still have another. I first had it in my ‘93 4.0 4wd. I think it had around 80kmiles at the time. That truck was “retired” at around 175Kmiles or so. I took off everything I could from the ‘93 and my next ranger was a nice vintage 92. (but not much would swap over) When I got the 94 it needed alot and I got the hurst back out and installed it. Ive put about 20Kmiles on this current truck and the hurst is still as tight as when it was new.
 
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I like this. I just welded an extension onto a.factory shifter for noise control, but.this absolutely looks better than what I did

I know @racsan has one of the hursts as well. Im still mulling it over.
Ask him to pull it apart and take some pictures Im curious how it looks and what the difference is
 

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At the time I bought my hurst shifter, the bushings for the stock setup could only be gotten through a stealership. (Ive seen them in a summit catolog since then, maybe a couple years back) when I went to ford to see about a bushing kit, I got all kinds of run-around, They wanted some “engineering number” off the side of the transmission (and normally Im happy to provide whatever’s needed, but this was a rebuilt transmission, the label had been painted over black along with the rest of the transmission) I knew it was a M5OD, I knew my engine, year and all that. Then they wanted to sell me the whole top plate assy with the shifter forks. So I logged into either summit or jegs (its been so long that Im unsure which one I ordered it from ) It must have been a popular item as it was on backorder for 2 months. I didnt realize it came with a boot and had ordered one of those too. It is a little noisy compared to the stock shifter but the solid, positive shifts are so nice! The threads on the end for the knob are 3/8-16 so you can put nearly any knob on that you like. The price has gone up some since I got mine but Id still have another. I first had it in my ‘93 4.0 4wd. I think it had around 80k at the time. That truck was “retired” at around 175K or so. I took off everything I could from the ‘93 and my next ranger was a nice vintage 92. (but not much would swap over) When I got the 94 it needed alot and I got the hurst back out and installed it. Ive put about 20K on this current truck and the hurst is still as tight as when it was new.
80,000 dollars for a shifter? WOW!!
 

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This is NOT a hurst shifter.

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