Dr DeRyke et al: Mike Drew wrote in Dec 2000 POCA newsletter (p. 15) about improving shifting by removing the spring-loaded plunger/external centering spring towards the rear of the shifter housing. Do you have any experience with this (not trying to be funny or anything!) and what do you think? Everything is working OK now (just adjusted the trunion bearing up abit after lowering the rear abit to get the trans shift linkage up to clear the half-shaft) but I'm trying to keep up with my friend's built Mustang with a quick automatic.

2316 John
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A little. I showed Mike how to do this, but its not my innovation, either. Dennis Quella of PPC in Colorado began doing this shift-quickening mod in the '80s, and has done it on literally hundereds of Panteras. I believe most of the Pantera vendors & builders know of this mod. As it's quickly reversable. I am unaware of anyone that's put their car back to "stock" shifing after once trying it. THe only potential drawback is,once the detent is removed, the sliding portion of the shifter is exposed, so its a good practice to plug the hole with something, to keep dust & debris from falling in the opening. Duct tape, plastic panel plugs- even a thin piece of sheet-something RTV-ed over the hole will work.
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