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Technical Welding Shift Lever: Best way???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hotrodA, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. After a long search, I've finally found the elusive F 150, T170 three speed OD trans for my flathead powered 32.

    The funky stock shift lever has to go, and replaced with Early Ford style swan neck.

    Who has done this, and how did you splice it together? I don't want screw it up, or have it break down the road.

    Did you use an overlapped welded splice, a sleeved butt welded splice, or a threaded splice? Or something else, entirely?

    Pics would be a plus. Thanks!
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2018
  2. mohead1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2013
    Posts: 595


    Sleeved.....with holes cut to fill in weld....Tig keep it clean looking

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  3. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 11,232

    from Zoar, Ohio

    Agreed. Sleeve is a good idea. Be sure to slightly bevel at the parent metal joint, leave a root space and weld the parts together before sliding on the sleeve.

  4. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,658

    phat rat

    Do you trust your welds? If so a butt weld should be fine. Just bevel both ends and weld it, a sleeve shouldn't be needed.
  5. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,077

    scrap metal 48

    If the shaft is thick enough you could drill down the middle of each piece, put a solid rod in and slide the top half down over the rod and then butt-weld as mentioned above.. Then dress the weld and paint or chrome....
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2018
  6. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 3,478


    Years ago, my friend bought an old Ford pickup with a 4 speed transmission that the previous kid owner cut the shift lever short for a more "sporty" look. Not enough leverage to shift good. To fix it, we got a really long bolt, cut off the head and just clamped it to the old shift lever with two hose clamps. Still worked well years later when the truck was sold. Remembering this, when I spliced my shifter, I staggered my cut when I welded it together.
  7. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 8,726

    Bandit Billy

    This ^^^. I lowered my Harley so I had to shorten the jiffy stand. Cut it in two, removed an inch, tapered both halves, butted them together in the vice and welded the bejeevies out of it. Ground it down smooth and chromed it.
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  8. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,658

    phat rat

    Heck I've even cut and welded brake pedal arms and haven't had any fail with years of hard use. I can't imagine a decently welded shifter not holding up without being sleeved.
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  9. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,863

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    Cut, bevel, crank up your heat and butt weld it.

    I butt welded broken hammer drill bits and the bits broke again, but never at my weld.
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  10. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,830

    from NKy

    Grind a taper on both ends , leave a small space between the ends . Fill the gap up with weld . Weld it up sand ( better end finish than a grinder ) it down and never look back . This the way pipe welds are completed that pass 100 % X-ray tests .
  11. I've done old Hurst shifters, cut, butt weld and plate it on both sides with 1/8" x 1" stock. The boot hid the spliced part.
  12. boltupal
    Joined: Dec 27, 2010
    Posts: 282

    from western ny

    Cut bevel then TIG
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  13. chop job
    Joined: Feb 16, 2013
    Posts: 594

    chop job
    from Wisconsin

    If you were to replace shifter rod what size and diameter rod is best? Reason is I have to have bends in shifter to keep from hitting my leg and cutting off and replacing with rod is the way I'm going.
  14. Both of these were butt welded to a T5 stub,
    with a ground bevel of course.
    There's two things in life where penetration is important,
    welding is one of them.

    20181029_174615.jpg 20181030_220119.jpg
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  15. A good weld should not be concerning. I live near the Space and Rocket Center here and saw some fantastic welds that they use on rockets and space associated equipment. If a weld is good enough for NASA then its fine with me..
  16. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,658

    phat rat

    Why not heat what you have and bend it as needed?
  17. mohead1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2013
    Posts: 595


    I originally said sleeve due to a lot of folks are not skilled in personally? ....yes, butt weld via TIg

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