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Shifter Removal?

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by k5james, Apr 9, 2005.

  1. k5james

    k5james 1/2 ton status

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    I know it's dumb but I don't know how to get the shifter off of my Blazer. I removed everything up to the housing for the shifter. It's a TH350 if that helps. Help me. :whine:
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    What part are you trying to remove?


    The linkage from the tranny? The connection at the base of the steering column? The chrome handle on the column itself??

    Most of those should be self-evident, the only one that's a little more bizarre is the chrome selector on the column.....there's a press pin that locks it in place....just put a small punch on the underside of that pin and gently tap with a hammer and the pin will lift right out.

    After that, you can cut about 4" out of the selector and weld it back together.... I have no idea why Chevy made those things SO long in the first place. It makes it really hard to reach the other knobs on the right side of the dash. Ergonomics were apparently not important in the "good ol days"


    :D
     
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    The chrome handle/lever is what I was trying to remove, thanks. The previous owner installed a crap shifter on the floor so the one on the column was useless. I took the steering wheel off to install my Grant quick release steering wheel and figured I might as well get rid of the column shifter while I'm at it.
     
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    70jimmy 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Drive the roll pin out on the shifter where it starts into the column. Use a small punch and then maybe a pliers from the other side.
     
  5. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I didn't remember it as being a roll-pin (spring loaded, hollow centered)...mine looked like it had very small splines all around it to help keep it locked in place.

    ???


    :dunno:
     
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    drive it out, you dont need to get into column to simply remove shift handle

    its real easy to remove..
    i would never touch/buy a trcuk that was converted to auto on the floor, i think its one of the worst things you can do to a truck

    horrible

    cutting hole in floor,., bad,,

    same with three speed to floor from column

    bad bad,,


    good luck
     
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    70jimmy 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Ok maybe roll pin was wrong term. Mine was simply a piece of shiny metal that was rolled into a cylinder and had a seam running down the side. Not solid so you could stick a screwdriver into in and spread it for a tighter fit. No splines on mine what so ever. But then my truck was pieced together before I got so it might have been jimmy rigged.
     
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    I don't know if you've seen my Blazer but there are holes all over it now from the suspension and cage, I wasn't too worried about that. I will, however, be replacing the shifter he put in there with a B&M Megashifter. I know it's not the best on the market but it's much better than the one that is in there.
     

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