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|Would it be possible to fabricate and fit an H Gate for the gear stick. Always loved them but after watching the Ferrari special on 5th Gear last night I've been inspired!|
Wasnt that impressed with the choices though. I mean Testarossa at No.1??? Surely because it is the most well known rather than best (and certainly not best looking)
Anyway can the H Gate be done?
|See MS site, I'm sure I saw somthing on there as an addition to the SSK2|
|Thanks Will. That must be new (or at least it's very well hidden on Mikes site)|
|Sorry a miss-read it's a Ferrari style knob, but mike if anyone would be able to make one up for you - but getting it right so it didn't ring might be an ar*e.|
|From Mikes Site:|
gear knob, Ferrari style ball with gear gate polished/brushed.........................................
I assume then that this means the gear pattern is etched into the gear knob???
|Bob - it might actually be worth your while installing an SSK - the degrees of play on the standard lever are huge, so it would make an exposed 'H' gate an absolute nightmare to use on a practical level. Mike's SSK certainly has the least free-play of any kit on the market - and would be the most suitable starting point for a project like this.|
Does anyone make a kit like this? Nope. But if you made a cardboard pattern, and carefully figured out the location of the quadrants such that they don't obstruct the gearlever's movements, it would be easy to get a plate made up (either DIY, or get a machine shop to knock one up for you)
It'd look superb IMO.
One fly in the ointment: the Mk1 centre console's profile isn't entirely flat at this point: what ever master you made would have to take this curvature into account...
It's not an 'H' gate like a Ferarri, it's a Ferarri style gear knob with a picture of the gate pattern etched into the top of the ball.
Personally i'd love a polished H gate instead of a gaiter - i think there's some mileage in a product like this - You listening Mike? ;-)
|Hmmm....looks like a project for these dark winter nights!|
|Would be very hard to make, I've driven several Fs with different & standard gear linkages and the knob and movement of them all was totaly different so one H gate would not fit them all. the best option is as Rob says to get one made for your car, making one out of stiff card/plastic first has the added benefit of being able to check it works ok before you can't change gear in a metal one!|
This thread was discussed on 16/12/2003
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