Re: 700R4 in 72 Malibu with Column shifter
My 1967 El Camino was a factory 327 with 3 speed manual on the column. When my dad bought it back in 1996, we swapped in a 700R4 and a 350. We bought a tilt automatic column from a junk yard. It was from something mid 1970s, a Buick I think... We ground off the ignition key area and removed the key lock parts and filled and painted it, looks great. As for shifting, initially we used one of the 2 rods from the manual column shifter, then I think we swapped it for an aftermarket adjustable rod, I forget right now (but I can look). With the 1970s column, I can get all 7 positions of the 700R4 P-R-N-O-3-2-1. With it in 1, the shifter is basically on my right thigh, and I can shift it up to 2 with my leg, while on the gas, kind of fun. And I can shift it to 3 as well with my leg, but not as graceful...
What I should do is measure the degrees of throw the shifter goes through from P - 1.
SO, to sum up, if you stick in a 700R4, I bet the shifter will just plain work.
Now the shift indicator, that is another issue. Mine is simple, I don't have one.
1967 El Camino Malibu - Deepwater Blue
ZZ4 350, FiTech 600 complete!,Roadmaster tank, 700R4, Underdash A/C in progress, JGC Steering, 1990s truck serpentine.