Shifting In Our Seats

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Hey, you know what you just don’t see a lot of these day? That’s right, manual shifters! I don’t think that’s right and so let’s see if we can’t find us a few. Post in the comments pics of what you think are the coolest stick shifts out there, old or new. Automatics may dominate, but we can still stick it to the man!
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    1. CraigSu Avatar
      CraigSu

      Looks like the designer took his inspiration from a drawknife. The woodworker in me heartily approves.

    2. Maymar Avatar
      Maymar

      http://image.hotrod.com/f/11173854+w660+h495+cr1/0812phr_05_z%2B2009_dodge_challenger_rt%2Bpistol_grip_shifter.jpg
      I appreciate that Chrysler admitted they tried to update the pistol grip shifter to something a little more modern.

      1. Ross Ballot Avatar
        Ross Ballot

        Love/hate relationship with this in my Challenger

        1. Maymar Avatar
          Maymar

          Design or usability? I think it looks neat, but I only have about 5km of seat time in an SRT8 (it didn’t stand out as terrible, but I’m not really qualified to say).

          1. Ross Ballot Avatar
            Ross Ballot

            Both. The design is good, but it inherently causes a problem should you want to install an aftermarket shifter– you can’t change the knob without changing the whole shifter itself, since it was designed as one piece.
            As far as usability, it’s good from a casual shifting standpoint– you can hold the shifter a number of ways, which is nice when you feel like changing your grip. But when it comes to more spirited driving, it falls flat on its face; there’s no perfect way to hold it for really banging through the gears, and if you try and palm it (how I usually drive), the size of the top of the shifter is too small to fit snugly in your hand.
            I’ve had a Barton shifter kit sitting in my room for months now but, due to the extensive transmission problems I’ve had (with the car in/out for warranty work regularly), I haven’t had the gusto to put the new kit in and void the factory warranty. Otherwise I would have done it a while ago…

  1. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar
    BigRedCaveTroll
    1. karonetwentyc Avatar
      karonetwentyc

      Good Lord. What is that gearbox out of, and what exactly is attached to it?
      I can make out the gearbox and transfer case and what I think is either an overdrive or underdrive plus a PTO (or two; I’m really not sure if there’s one off of the transfer case as well)… But that’s a lot of levers. And I think I need them all.

      1. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar
        BigRedCaveTroll

        I think it’s in a CJ of some sort. One lever for the transmission, one for the overdrive, two for the PTO, and two for the transfer case (probably a D18 converted to twin stick with one for the front axle, and one for the rear which allows for 2WD low and other such silliness).
        You definitely need them all. I do too. Mostly I just want them all.
        Edit: Here are the specifics: http://www.cj3apage.com/index/Tech_Tips/dual_output_pto_with_overdrive.htm

        1. karonetwentyc Avatar
          karonetwentyc

          You’re right; it is a PTO / 2-low setup gone crazy. Did some sniffing around and found the original article: http://cj3b.info/Tech/T98A.html . It doesn’t say much about the specific items used, but does confirm what it is.
          I’ve helped out on a couple of Atlas V installs, but that’s just insane. I like it. A lot.

          1. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar
            BigRedCaveTroll

            I edited my previous post with a link to some more specifics.

          2. karonetwentyc Avatar
            karonetwentyc

            Thanks for that, and my MJ Acquisition Plan(tm) is now being reworked as a result.

      1. Fresh-Outta-Nissans Avatar
        Fresh-Outta-Nissans

        Lever-controlled spool valves? I might not sleep tonight

  2. Tanshanomi Avatar
    1. hwyengr Avatar
      hwyengr

      Is that a Muncie Rockcrusher?

      1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
        dead_elvis, inc.

        Schwinn Geld-O-Matic

    2. dukeisduke Avatar
      dukeisduke

      With bonus ’68 GTO. A Schwinn Sting Ray was only a dream when I was a kid. For me, it was a Penney’s coaster brake Swinger, in Magenta. After a couple of years it was stolen from school. Then I got one of these:
      http://thecabe.com/vbulletin/images/imported/2014/01/IMG_1169-1.jpg

      1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
        dead_elvis, inc.

        Courtesy embed

        1. marmer Avatar
          marmer

          Thanks! Why didn’t mine work?

          1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
            dead_elvis, inc.

            Yours was a link to the page with the image, not the image URL.
            Auto-embed image URLs need to end with .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, or other image extension – if it ends in .html, it’s not an image.

          2. marmer Avatar
            marmer

            Got it. Thanks.

    1. Stephen Avatar
      Stephen

      If I had Ferrari money, this would be the car I would buy. I know that’s crazy for most, but I think it’s a gorgeous, understated grand tourer. And of course I’d have to have it with the manual.

      1. Vairship Avatar
        Vairship

        You’d probably need driving gloves too, after that shifter has been out in the sun for a while. Or if it’s below freezing!

  3. tonyola Avatar
    tonyola

    When six is not enough.

    1. JayP Avatar
      JayP

      That may be an automatic.
      I’ve seen a few that had PRNDL on the button on the knob.
      They’re trying to FOOL us!!

      1. smalleyxb122 Avatar
        smalleyxb122

        I do believe you are correct. It seems to be missing a pedal.

      2. Tanshanomi Avatar

        Ah, I saw the big lever and didn’t look for a third pedal. My bad. Here’s compensation.
        http://image.hotrod.com/f/101081728+w660+h495+cr1/006-1962-chrysler-newport-3-speed-floor-shift.jpg

        1. CraigSu Avatar
          CraigSu

          It looks droopy and sad.

        2. Vairship Avatar
          Vairship

          Here’s a Corvan shifter: http://www.corvair.com/2013SPGFX/116.jpg It’s a little more complicated because the shifter has to reach back under the bench seat and back to the transmission located near the rear axle…
          Source: Clark’s Corvair parts online catalog http://www.corvair.com/user-cgi/catalog.cgi?show_page=116

          1. karonetwentyc Avatar
            karonetwentyc

            That actually doesn’t look terrible, just involved. I once had a Skoda that wasn’t too far off from that, but I do get where you’re coming from on this.

          2. Vairship Avatar
            Vairship

            As long as you remember that 1st and 3rd are “down” more than forward, and 2nd and 4th are ‘up’ more than back šŸ˜‰

          3. karonetwentyc Avatar
            karonetwentyc

            Ah, OK. Now I see more clearly where this would be… Interesting to live with. Points taken.
            On a side note, I’ve always been a fan of reverse being either directly above or below first; it makes parking much easier.

          1. 0A5599 Avatar
            0A5599

            That’s a rather inconvenient location for a shifter. I like them to be accessible from the driver’s seat.

          2. Vairship Avatar
            Vairship

            Who said that’s not where the driver’s seat is?

    1. GTXcellent Avatar
      GTXcellent

      I saw my very first Kizashi live and in person this weekend. I’ve never paid any attention to them other than pictures of yours – what a good looking car! Are you still happy with it?

      1. Tanshanomi Avatar

        Extremely. I’m going to write a 1-year followup in about three weeks.

  4. theskitter Avatar

    Open the gates, and let slip the dogs of war.

    1. Vairship Avatar
      Vairship

      Open the gates, and let slip the dogs cogs of war

    1. CruisinTime Avatar
      CruisinTime

      Corvette ?

  5. Preludacris Avatar

    I remain a fan of my own. Ok, so there’s honestly nothing special about it, but I really appreciate that it’s not the awful 4-speed autotragic alternative.
    http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z313/ndrwhrnr/DSC_0461_zps95e094e3.jpg

    1. Tiberiuswise Avatar

      Why is the stereo plugged in to the lighter?

      1. Preludacris Avatar

        Optical illusion. It does look that way! There’s an ipod in the pocket under the stereo.

  6. Sjalabais Avatar
    Sjalabais

    It’s not always the gear shifter that’s the most exciting.
    http://www.themakeover.me/images/article_photos/Relationships/Week%2021/Volvo-Sexy-Ad.jpg
    In other news, the shifter in my Honda Stream is ugly and not too much riddled with quality feel. But…I’ve come to appreciate the minivan-concept of having the gear selector right next to the steering wheel. The distance is so short, it actually makes for a more engaging process of shifting gears.
    http://www.auto-lighting.co.uk/eng_pl_Real-Soft-Leather-Gear-Shift-Boot-Gaiter-Honda-Stream-2000-2007-5609_2.jpg

    1. Maymar Avatar
      Maymar

      http://services.edmunds-media.com/image-service/unversioned-ed/ximm/?quality=85&image=/img/long-term/misc/mazda2-shifter-thumb-717×477-81189.jpg
      I can touch the steering wheel and shifter in my little Mazda at the same time, and the action is roughly equivalent to Chinese knockoff of a showroom-fresh Honda. It’s small, but it helps make it fun.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar
        Sjalabais

        Spot on! I guess this is only possible in cars with a pretty upright seating concept.
        http://static.classistatic.de/imagegallery/honda/stream/honda-stream-hon_str_02_gr_5t_test_6.jpg

  7. karonetwentyc Avatar
    karonetwentyc

    Citroƫn SM. Moving the gear lever fore and aft brings the slot for left / right movement with it.

  8. karonetwentyc Avatar
    karonetwentyc

    CitroĆ«n Traction Avant – for those who prefer their gears denoted in Roman numerals.

  9. karonetwentyc Avatar
    karonetwentyc

    CitroĆ«n Mehari 4×4. The black knob is the standard 2CV 4-speed push-pull-twist gearchange. White and red are just push-pull; white for selecting 2WD or 4wd, red for selecting high or low range. There’s also a diff lock lever between the front seats, but it’s not as interesting to look at (and bends really easily if you put too much pressure on it while working it).

  10. karonetwentyc Avatar
    karonetwentyc

    Triumph’s overdrive engagement method always struck me as being rather nifty.

    1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
      dead_elvis, inc.

      Laycock de Normanville OD unit? Similar knob to Volvo M46 transmissions.
      http://new.volvocars.com/ownersdocs/1978/1978_242_244_245/images/pg43b.jpg

      1. karonetwentyc Avatar
        karonetwentyc

        Bullseye!

  11. karonetwentyc Avatar
    karonetwentyc

    Just because Mitsubishi had not only the moment of insanity that made them think that this was what was needed in a small hatchback, but because they also went ahead and put it into production.

    1. Vairship Avatar
      Vairship

      I never realized how much the Colt looked like a Pacer!

      1. karonetwentyc Avatar
        karonetwentyc

        Neither did I until you mentioned it. It does go some way towards explaining my odd identification with (can’t really go so far as to say appreciation for) them.

  12. salguod Avatar

    I always thought the reverse lockout on the Chevy Monza & Vega 4 speed shifter was pretty neat. A sliding collar that you lifted with two fingers. I couldn’t find a decent close up.
    http://13252-presscdn-0-94.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/1975_Chevrolet_Cosworth_Vega_For_Sale_Interior_1.jpg

    1. Manic_King Avatar
      Manic_King

      That has been Opel’s thing for decades now. Every manual Opel/Vauxhall has this, so tens of millions of cars outside the US. Monza/Vega were GM Europe = Opels

      1. salguod Avatar

        I knew I had seen it in other cars, but couldn’t remember which.

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