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Post by SSTOOLMAN on Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:31 pm

I am on Vacation next week I am pulling my aftermarket B&M ratchet shifter out and putting an original 73 console back in the car. I have the correct shifter and
there are factory mounting brackets ready to use under my carpet. I wanted to know if  I should cut my new carpet (I installed last summer)  to expose
the mounts? or just bolt it in with out cutting the carpet??? Any fitment issues with that? Anyone know what they did from the factory? I will probably pull my swivels out first to make room: I am also changing the heater core and installing gauges at the same time.
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Post by JiMi_DRiX on Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:34 pm

I cut out just around the mounts if I remember correctly.
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Post by Limey SE on Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:32 am

SSTOOLMAN wrote:I am on Vacation next week I am pulling my aftermarket B&M ratchet shifter out and putting an original 73 console back in.


Why not just still use the B&M shifter it will fit in the console with hardly any if any mods ? I did it with my 76 Cutlass and looked sweet.
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Post by SSTOOLMAN on Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:51 am

Limey wrote:
SSTOOLMAN wrote:I am on Vacation next week I am pulling my aftermarket B&M ratchet shifter out and putting an original 73 console back in.


Why not just still use the B&M shifter it will fit in the console with hardly any if any mods ? I did it with my 76 Cutlass and looked sweet.

I don't know which B&M you had but mine is way taller than the console will allow, I would have to raise it 2 inches to look right. The throw is also longer, when you put it in the Bump mode, it brings the handle 3" back from the low position. I
would have to have to cut the console back at least 2" past the shifter plate.  I have a near perfect 73 console and cant bring myself to cut it up and modify it.
If I had a POS I didn't care about I would carve away.
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Post by dynchel on Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:16 am

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This is the what I did, there is a Hurst dual gate hidden under there.

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Here it is prior to paint.
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Post by driveit on Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:31 pm

Thats cool. It looks really nice in black.
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Post by Dinomyte on Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:16 pm

Any time I've done this especially on exposed mounts I've cut the carpet usually in an H pattern so I've got two flaps and can bolt up to the bracket, with out carpet in the way, and then push the two flaps back to hide things. Just be mindful of what you cut so you don't end up with a flap behind the bracket that you can't use or a flap that's too big.

I use a tailor's crayon, it's like chalk to mark things out, it comes off with vacuuming.
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