and more often than not you will see shift gates that have been worn down over the years, also
if you feel you want to replace it with a piece from a vendor, see if you can find an OEM piece. I’ve seen one reproduction, still in its little plastic bag, that looked like it missed the final sanding-polishing process prior to being chrome plated. Some serious scratches had just been covered with the chrome - looked terrible
I believe all of our vendors sell a polished aluminum shifter gate that’s an exact replica of the OEM steel gate. Before you put a ton of work into fixing your shift lever, check the cost of a new one. Wilkinson put them on sale a few years ago, so I bought one as a spare because it was so cheap.
edit: $112.76 at Wilkinson’s for a new shift lever.
Another approach is to remove the three forward gear fingers.
I am somewhat in agreement with purists that the gated shifter is a classic part of early sports cars and should not be butchered. I share similar thoughts that a Pantera is meant to always have a carbureted Cleveland. 😉
2511 had this shift plate when purchased so I’ve never known any different. Another deviation from stock is the shortened and slightly bent shift lever. This was also on 2511 when purchased; it is a modification done by Dennis Quella on many of his restorations.
I don’t know if modifications like this are in keeping with your image of your car but since you’re going to be doing at least some sort of project I thought I’d Include them for your consideration.
marlinjackThe Machinist #5723 AMARGOSA MACHINE 'Running on Empty- Middle of Nowhere'
...I CNC'd a plate, No need for a Reverse 'Protector', I do NOT 'Slam' Gears 1st to Second. And 2nd gear is Straight-Up the Center. The Stalk was cut-down 1.0" and rethreaded for the Extra Large Stainless Ball with Leather Boot. Gauges are Red Led Digital. I wrote the Program to CNC this Sphere, it was 5 Lines of Code. The Original Steel Plate with the Fingers, Came-Off the First Day!
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