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Old 08-29-2010, 07:39 AM   #1
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Default 49 to 54 chevy automatic column shifter

I would like to see some pics, or descriptions of 49-54 chevys with the original column , and a colum shifter for an automatic transmission.
( not just the stock powerglide, any auto..)

I am running a 59 olds auto transmission in my 50 convert.
the 50 was a powerglide car, so I have the original auto column shift still.
I am not against a floor shifter, but with the X frame things are real tight next to the linkage...
not ruling out a cable shifter either, just want it to look like it was done in 62, so b&m mega shifters and stuff like that are out.
just looking for ideas on how to run linkage...
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:08 AM   #2
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Default Re: 49 to 54 chevy automatic column shifter

I put a 401 nailhead and SP400 in my 50 sedan delivery. Used an auto shifter off of a 54, cut 3-1/2 inches out of the shifting tube and moved the shifter up the column 3-1/2 inches. I then made a new shift indicator out of 1/8" lexan and used some rub on numbers and letters my wife picked up for me at the hobby store to put PRND21 on it. Heres a couple of pics of the shifter and indicator. Did some modifying on the shifter so the handle would have to be raised to enter reverse from neutral.

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Old 08-29-2010, 07:38 PM   #3
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Default Re: 49 to 54 chevy automatic column shifter

thanks! that looks like what I want to do.
did you have to fab the linkage from the shifter to the transmission?
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:58 PM   #4
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Default Re: 49 to 54 chevy automatic column shifter

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thanks! that looks like what I want to do.
did you have to fab the linkage from the shifter to the transmission?
I had a shifting rod in the spare parts pile that came from some column shift car. I had to do some rebending on it to make it work. Also had to make a special lever for the trans to get the travel right down there. I can take a pic of it if it will help.
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:30 PM   #5
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Default Re: 49 to 54 chevy automatic column shifter

thats ok on the pic.. I have the original 59 olds link, its just 5-7 inches short!
I might be able to use it as a pattern and make a new longer one.
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:02 PM   #6
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Default Re: 49 to 54 chevy automatic column shifter

Lokar is a good choice from column to trany.


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Old 08-30-2010, 09:34 AM   #7
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Default Re: 49 to 54 chevy automatic column shifter

Heres what I did on the tranny, Took a stock lever and cut one side off and grafted a lever onto it. Got it too short the first time so I had to add about 1/2" to it. Its 3-5/8" between the holes now and the throw is just right with the stock shifter. As you can see park is at about 10:00.
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