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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 19, 8:17 PM Thread Starter
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Auto shifter recommendations

Need to get a shifter for my RMVB TH400. I think I would rather have a ratchet style . Looking for any good or bad feedback on what yall have used and liked/disliked.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 19, 7:39 AM
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I have never had a ratchet shifter, but I have considered buying a B&M Star Shifter. I used to have a Hurst quarter stick in my '68 until I took it out and put it back on the column. It was a manual valve body TH400. Here is a photo of the shifter and console I fabricated for it.
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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 19, 8:50 AM
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Check out the B&M Stealth Ratchet shifter, works great for me.


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re: Auto shifter recommendations

I've got a B&M Quicksilver and it works quite nicely.

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Check out the B&M Stealth Ratchet shifter, works great for me.


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That is one I have already considered. Really like the looks of it.

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I used to have a Hurst Dual Gate 2, until it broke.

I considered a B&M QuickSilver (that mounts directly in the stock '69 console), but I passed on it because it is a true ratchet shifter where the handle dosen't really move, it just kind of rocks back and forth.

I settled on a GM factory slap shifter (push right and forward to shift, then release and repeat) from a '73 Chevelle. This style shifter was introduced in the '68 GTOs and was also used in several other A Bodies and F Bodies. The downside was I had to install a GTO console (it looks great, but was costly).

If you like the GM Staple Shifter, there's a member here selling an upgrade that allows ths shifter to be a push from 1st to 2nd, followed by a push from 2nd to 3rd. If I hadn't invested in the shifter/console I'd have gone that route. Check it out.
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I used to have a Hurst Dual Gate 2, until it broke.



I considered a B&M QuickSilver (that mounts directly in the stock '69 console), but I passed on it because it is a true ratchet shifter where the handle dosen't really move, it just kind of rocks back and forth.



I settled on a GM factory slap shifter (push right and forward to shift, then release and repeat) from a '73 Chevelle. This style shifter was introduced in the '68 GTOs and was also used in several other A Bodies and F Bodies. The downside was I had to install a GTO console (it looks great, but was costly).



If you like the GM Staple Shifter, there's a member here selling an upgrade that allows ths shifter to be a push from 1st to 2nd, followed by a push from 2nd to 3rd. If I hadn't invested in the shifter/console I'd have gone that route. Check it out.
My car is a factory 4 speed with a bench seat. No console in my car.

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My car is a factory 4 speed with a bench seat. No console in my car.

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It was a four speed manual and is now an auto? If that's so, then a B&M Quick Silver and their small consolette.

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I put this one in my car this Spring with a newly Rebuilt TH400 Reverse Manual VB and much higher Stall

https://www.jegs.com/i/B-M/130/80842/10002/-1

Love how smooth everything works

Just having to get use to 50+ years of Shifting Forward to now doing it the opposite way
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Hurst Auto stick I would look good... Crash
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I've got a B&M Quicksilver and it works quite nicely.
Me too!
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I settled on a GM factory slap shifter (push right and forward to shift, then release and repeat) from a '73 Chevelle. This style shifter was introduced in the '68 GTOs and was also used in several other A Bodies and F Bodies. The downside was I had to install a GTO console (it looks great, but was costly).
Bruce, I'd like to know more about this. Do you have any pics?

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Bruce, I'd like to know more about this. Do you have any pics?
The shifter is called a slap or bump shifter. It was originally introduced in 1968 for the GTO and performance Firebird. There are two versions of the Pontiac shifter: Slap/bump and non. You'll want the slap/bump shifter where the shift stick move to the right (non-slap/bump shifter don't move laterally). In 1968 the shifter had two legs and used the console as a third mounting point. In 1969 or 1970 Pontiac added two more legs for a much stronger mounting -- I'd defiantly get the four leg version.

Chevrolet started using this shifter in the 1970 and up Camaros and in 1973 with the Chevelles. I have the 1973 shift button from an SS Chevelle and it says "SS" on it.

The one I got was disassembled, media blasted, and the stick was rechromed. Here's one on eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/70-81-REBUI...oAAOSw90NcShJb

The trouble is you'll need a GTO console (or a 1973 Chevelle console UGLY) to use this shifter.
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Hurst Autostick I. Has gates on the performance side, is directly bolted to the transmission and has direct linkage like the four speed.. Looks the best to me. I also had a Trans works detent plate to the stock shifter, it worked real nice for a cable shifter..
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Hurst Autostick I shifter..
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