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Re: Slabside Wanted - US / Left hand drive

Post by Roger King » Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:41 pm

No, it's all part of the casting at the base of the lever. More likely it's an aftermarket shift mechanism such as Hurst, which doesn't use the lockout.

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Re: Slabside Wanted - US / Left hand drive

Post by Paul Blore » Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:06 pm

I have no idea what the lever is on this particular car, but the original gear levers on 427 Cobras was a lever from another Ford car reversed through 180 degrees. I thought it was a Galaxie, but I wouldn't swear to it.

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Re: Slabside Wanted - US / Left hand drive

Post by Roger King » Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:02 pm

You can't 'reverse' a toploader gearlever for the reasons I've mentioned, it just wouldn't work. I strongly suspect that 'reversed' in this context means cut above the base section, turned through 90° and welded back into position.

This is the base of a typical Ford toploader shifter:

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That little tab sticking out is what operates the reverse lockout against the shifter rod mounts. If the whole stick were turned through 180°, it couldn't work with the rods as it would be on the wrong side (I think Dave had a problem with this when assembling his shifter following his toploader conversion, until he got it the right way round!). That's why I think 'reversed' means cut and welded.

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edit - here's a Galaxie lever, you probably need a bit more 'crank' on it for a 427, and maybe a bit more 'lean'. I bet they cut it, removed a section, and welded it on backwards at a more acute angle. Just my thoughts!
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Re: Slabside Wanted - US / Left hand drive

Post by Paul Blore » Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:01 am

Roger King wrote:That's why I think 'reversed' means cut and welded.
Quite possibly Roger. :)

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Re: Slabside Wanted - US / Left hand drive

Post by 66gtk » Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:30 pm

I found an ERA slab side in Florida. It will cost me about $1500 to get it to MN, but it's a nice car. I'd like your impression/opinion on what it might be worth, please? It was professionally built by Cobra Restorers (GA) in 2014 and is essentially brand new with only 700 miles on it. 289 with supposed HiPo cam/spec build. All the nice period correct appointments. Black over black. It has 16" Kidney Bean wheels with the 5 PIN adapters. Inboard Jag rear 3.08 gears with a T-10. Owner wanted $78K, but I think we are getting closer to reality. Any thoughts on value? Thanks!

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Re: Slabside Wanted - US / Left hand drive

Post by Dave Woodward » Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:14 pm

Can you share some pictures?
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