Confident, solid shifts are a necessity, especially when you've got supernatural plans for a project vehicle. After the straight-six and two-speed 'glide was pulled and the budget-friendly small-block with the Turbo 350 had landed inside, the column shifter had to go. Making the situation worse, we couldn't even testdrive the Nova because the shift linkage wasn't compatible. We needed a new configuration, something simple yet effective to help get the Nova back on its feet. A ratchet-style shifter was a given, and our goal was to have the ability to more or less slam through the gear changes. We knew that the Turbo 350 already had a shift-kit, and we were going to take full advantage of it.
You'll find that the StreetFighter system is extremely easy on the wallet and its features well worth the price. Those of you who hit up the weekly grudge nights will appreciate the NHRA/IHRA-approved reverse lockout system, while those who are more street-savvy will dig the lighted OEM-style gearshift indicator. Best of all, the shifter cover can be custom-fitted to a variety of transmission tunnels for a whole host of applications.
The installation proved straightforward. Depending on your skill level, it may take the better part of your weekend to get the job done; even so, we guarantee it will be well worth the effort. Follow along as we show you how to swap out the factory column shifter for a floor-mounted ratchet system.
What We Did
Cut holes, routed cable, and converted from a column to a commanding ratchetshift system.
Our once column-shifting two-speed is now a floor-mounted menace.
Before any drilling or cutting could begin, we had to take measurements with the shroud on
With the shroud off, we gained access to the shifter brackets and used a felt-tip pen to m
Before drilling any holes, be sure to check underneath the trans tunnel for hidden wires a
After mocking up the shifter in the bolt holes, we measured the distance for our shifter c
Using a 1/2-inch drill bit, we drilled a hole for the shifter cable. Since the cable will
With the holes drilled, we took the shifter out of the car and begin assembling the rest o