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Old 07-09-2018, 12:33 AM   #1
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Ratchet Shifter Box {my way}

I bought a Hurst Ratchet Pro-Matic 2 shifter at a swap meet 8 years ago . It had nothing with it, no knob, no cable, no box. no boot, you get the idea. After getting the cable and transmission brackets and having a T handle already and pricing the box with other pieces, I needed an alternative. So finally I had a idea that just might work.
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Old 07-09-2018, 12:46 AM   #2
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Re: Ratchet Shifter Box {my way}

I hand hammered a piece of scrap steel I have had for longer than I have had my '67 step side (20 yrs). made a box just the right size for the shifter.
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Old 07-09-2018, 12:47 AM   #3
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Re: Ratchet Shifter Box {my way}

I came up with an idea for the cable end and it worked and I had a co-worker weld it up for me.
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Old 07-09-2018, 01:00 AM   #5
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Re: Ratchet Shifter Box {my way}

Added a pcv grommet for the cable hole and n.s. switch wires and ran the b/u wires thru the slot made for the shifter cable bracket.
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Old 07-09-2018, 01:06 AM   #6
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Re: Ratchet Shifter Box {my way}

Now for the cool part.
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And the end result.
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Re: Ratchet Shifter Box {my way}

Now I have decide carpet or rubber mat. I live on a dirt road so that might help in that decision.
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Old 07-09-2018, 06:27 PM   #9
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Re: Ratchet Shifter Box {my way}

Looks good to me. Nice fab work! If you're going to be bumping up and down a dirt/gravel road often, make real sure you seal that box up good. Otherwise... you'll never keep the dust out of your cab.

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Old 07-21-2018, 06:27 PM   #10
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Looks good to me. Nice fab work! If you're going to be bumping up and down a dirt/gravel road often, make real sure you seal that box up good. Otherwise... you'll never keep the dust out of your cab.

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Thanks I will seal everything up when I install my insulation and flooring which ever I decide to put in.
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Re: Ratchet Shifter Box {my way}

Looks really good.
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:21 PM   #12
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Re: Ratchet Shifter Box {my way}

Thanks! I just didn't like the idea of that black plastic box sitting on the floor when I already have the high hump floor. It is just the right height.
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Here's a better picture. Sure is a lot more fun to drive.
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This is the mustang shifter I had been using for 10 years.... boring.
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Re: Ratchet Shifter Box {my way}

Well ... It's been 9 months or so since I put the shifter in the truck ... I like it . My Daughter borrowed the truck a few weeks ago to pickup a yard sale find and I had to teach her how to drive my truck allover again. She said she had a hard time finding drive . I know the shifter is a bit loose .... Has anyone ever rebuilt one of these ratchet shifters ??? I am thinking of buying this kit to tighten things up.
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Well ... Has anyone ever rebuilt one of these ratchet shifters ???
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I got my spring kit Saturday.
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Pulled the shifter out Today.
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Replaced the springs after taking it apart and using Hurst Shifty Dr. Grease to lube everything up.
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Re-installed it in the truck and went for a test drive . Works like new.
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Manual shifting that thing must feel like a real drag truck. Maybe you can fab an gear selector with a light so you know what gear you slamming in....
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Old 04-18-2019, 10:45 PM   #22
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Manual shifting that thing must feel like a real drag truck.....
If you mean 'does it make me feel like a kid again ?' ...uh-huh...
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