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Floor Shifter For TH400

Discussion in 'Automatic Transmission' started by Vbb199, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. CoggedBelt75

    CoggedBelt75 Full Access Member

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    I’m gonna plug Kilduff’s Lighting Rod shifter for a full manual reverse patterned tranny. I’ve driven my truck for 20 yrs this September with this type of valve body 400. All but 1 yr was column shifted. It became second nature shifting after awhile and shifting constantly while driving was as close to having a manual tranny without having one. The only problem on a full throttle launch using the trans brake was hitting 2nd when pulling the handle down and it went straight to 3rd.

    Last year I decided to go to the floor but didn’t want to go gated or ratchet because of the stop & go traffic shifting. Found and researched the current shifter. I’ve been using it a year now and absolutely love it. Simple. Less range of motion. No mechanism to wear out. Never missed a gear. And very different. No regrets getting it at all.
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    Brian is easy to work with and will build to suit your needs.

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    I was looking at the Kilduff unit for my Bel Air when the time comes.
    Looks like a Lenco, but simple to use.
     
  3. CoggedBelt75

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    Very simple. Even if you don’t have a reverse pattern, Brian can configure the shifter to act as one.
     
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    I'll assure you, once you go with one of the B&M ratchet shifters like the QuickSilver or Mega, you'd never wanna go back to anything else. Pretty sure it's those 2 I suggested that are as said, both 3 and 4 speed compatible so you don't have to buy another shifter if later decide to go 4L80-E, and is also reverse pattern or standard pattern. Being that they're cable operated, you do have mounting flexability too.
    They have the P N safety micro switch built in, as well as Reverse Back Up lights micro switch. All you have to do is wire those things in.
     
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    I had a B&M in my old Nova.
    It worked great for daily duties as well as a fun ratchet shifter to nail full throttle shifts.

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    DoubleDingo When In Doubt, Throttle Out

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    I had the b&m truck mega shifter in 2 different gmt400 trucks. One was a 700r4 regular valve body and one was a dodge 3 speed full manual valve body(Cummins swap truck). The truck version was the perfect height in both cases. The first one I had was at least 7 years old and not stiff at all. The one in the Cummins truck I bought brand new and put in and it was stiffer but not unbearable. It’s a cable shifter so you need to be careful with the bends to not get stiff action. And the ratcheting was dead on every time no matter how hard you beat it
     
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    You bring up a good point about cable routing, as that will absolutely have an effect on shifter feel if it's binding anywhere. In my case, even with the cable disconnected the shifter is still pretty tough. I almost suspect the tower wasn't manufactured correctly or there is a twist or bend somewhere in the tower or shifter linkage that i'm not seeing or just isn't obvious. As it's only been in the truck for about 1,500 miles I'm just going to keep beating it and see if it loosens up any more. Lol
     
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    can a stock floor shifter from a car be used?
     
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    Other than having to reach further down to the floor, a shifter designed for a car would work fine. Other option might be to raise the shifter up on a pedestal.
     
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    im not giving mine up but where the seats in this a-body are and how high that shifter is, i could see a small extension to the shift length being sufficient if one had the right length... im not sure if its cable or not but someone could maybe figure it out.

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    That interior is badass bro! I want my truck like that!
     
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    Thanks James. Still a work in progress thing going on here. All it takes is time and money. And money and time:).
     
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