Author Topic: 1965 4 Speed Shifter Boot Install Info  (Read 1074 times)

Offline Danno1325

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1965 4 Speed Shifter Boot Install Info
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:08:49 PM »
Hello - I am having trouble trying to install a replacement shifter boot on my 65 convertible.  It has the original 4 speed with the reverse lock out levers on the shifter handle and the hole in new boot is not big enough to stretch over the levers.  Is there some trick to getting this thing installed correctly?  I have a NOS boot and I am worried about stretching it too much as it may rip and it was hard enough finding the NOS one the first time around.  Any help and guidance is greatly appreciated.   

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Re: 1965 4 Speed Shifter Boot Install Info
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013, 08:21:41 PM »
You either try your luck stretching it over or send it off to someone like Bill Heeley to have him take the cable out so the T can be removed.  Then slide the boot on and re-attach the cable.
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Re: 1965 4 Speed Shifter Boot Install Info
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2013, 08:37:23 PM »
Put the boot out in the sun, preferably on a very warm (75-80F) day for an hour or two. It "may" have enough elasticity to make it over the "T" bar. Careful, it will be hot.
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Re: 1965 4 Speed Shifter Boot Install Info
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2013, 09:26:38 PM »
Of course, you can only put the boot over one side of the t-handle at a time.  I typically use a big screwdriver to help deform the rubber boot.  I've never torn a boot.

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Re: 1965 4 Speed Shifter Boot Install Info
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2013, 06:24:09 PM »
Thanks for the insight I really appreciate the help.  I feel better about stretching the boot and using a screwdriver if you haven't torn one doing it that way.  I appreciate the advice!