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Old 09-24-2010, 12:21 PM
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Old 09-24-2010, 01:07 PM
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They pretty much all break out at the two screws on the bottom of the shaft. Very hard to find used in usable condition.
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Old 09-24-2010, 01:17 PM
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I haven't installed it yet but I bought the B&M T handle with the electrical switch. I may disable the lock feature to make this work.

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Old 09-24-2010, 01:25 PM
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What year I may have one for the older (Pre -86)
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Old 09-24-2010, 01:40 PM
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Nossir, this would be for an 88.

Dont have it yet, just wishful thinking..and..$450 for this part?
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Old 09-24-2010, 01:42 PM
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oh man good luck. I finally got one for my 86 after junkyard searching I got lucky.
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Old 09-24-2010, 01:52 PM
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What color do you need?
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I have a black one but it is all broken at the bottom like Jim said. With work you can do a couple of things to fix these guys, but it does take some time. I have seen a piece of PVC grafted to the bottom .75" or so of the handle that had the proper holes drilled in it (not sure how it was glued to the bottom of the handle, but it seemed to work.) I have seen folks who have not actually lost pieces off the bottom epoxy and fiberglass them back together... You can fix them if you are creative and have the time... Not sure how long the repairs might last though.

BTW, my black one that is broken is actually missing a small piece on each side where the holes are making it a problem...it would be a candidate for a PVC graft though.
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I tried other handles but prefer the look and feel of the stock shifter T handle. In two years, two stock handles had broken at the bottom where the screws are. As mentioned, new ones are expensive. I inserted a piece of brass tubing into a broken handle, filled the handle around the brass tube with JB Weld and built up the bottom part by wrapping tape around the handle as a form and pouring in the JB Weld. After it cured, I removed the tape, sanded and shaped the base and redrilled the holes. I did not have to remove the leather to repair. The rubber boot hid the repaired area. The repaired handle was 5 years old when I sold my '87 and still solid as a rock like it was made on to the shaft - better than new.
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Steve,

That is what I had seen...it was NOT PVC grafted on but JB Weld! PERFECT! Looks GREAT TOO! Glad it was still holding. Gives hope to those of us who need to fix one! Do you have specifics on the size of the brass rod you used...I guess it would just need to be any rod or tube that won't crush and is the said OD as the shaft the handle normally fits over...
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I had a selection of brass tubing and picked the size that fit the shaft exactly. Not sure what size that is.
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Default need measurements please

I'm trying to fix mine too. I found that 1/2" EMT
electrical conduit fits well. Due to missing / broken
plastic on the bottom, I'm trying to figure out the distance from the top to the mounting holes
so the lockout works.
Anyone have a measurement? Thank You!
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Here's another option.

What I've done is make a mold to hold the early model automatic T handle then recast the exterior by adding new plastic to resemble the later model S4 handle. It is then trimmed and covered in a hand stitched leather cover. Its a permanent modification.
Sells for $149. You must supply an old shift handle.
Its available here.


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Originally Posted by Rob M Budd View Post
Here's another option.

What I've done is make a mold to hold the early model automatic T handle then recast the exterior by adding new plastic to resemble the later model S4 handle. It is then trimmed and covered in a hand stitched leather cover. Its a permanent modification.
Sells for $149. You must supply an old shift handle.
Its available here.


Winner winner chicken dinner!

Expect to receive a handle in two weeks with the next rehab cash injection.
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:45 AM
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I have one in great shape in my GTS ... I would need to replace it with an aftermarket one so I'd need a very good offer ...
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