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A custom gearshift you can make for your vehicle. I make these for custom cars since I am a gearhead that loves building cars. I even threw one on my little truck just for grins. They are roughly 4" high by 3" wide. I am sure you can use your imagination and use whatever for the shift knob if you want to. Hmmmm, the possibilities.
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Step 1: Get mounting hardware

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Purchase cheesey plastic 8 ball gearshift to use for parts. Approximately $9.99 at your local auto parts store. I am sure if you look at the base of others you may be able to use them-just look carefully before buying.

Step 2: Get Parts

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Take shifter out of package and smack both sides of it just enough to crack the plastic, this will release tension on the mount that is encased in the plastic and you can pull it out to use it later. Anybody here knows where I can buy these mounts themselves cheaper please let me know, thanks.

Step 3: Mounting hardware pieces

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Pieces removed for later use.

Step 4: Drill Bits

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Purchase el cheapo diamond covered drill bits-3/4" & 3/8" from local budget tool store. In this case it was Harbor Freight, and the cost was $5.00, for both. They cut into resin like a hot butter knife goes into butter.

Step 5: Drill out the Resin Figures base

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Purchase a resin figurine to use as a gearshift knob on the internet-approximately $15.00. 1. Drill the 3/4" hole in the center of its base, and as far down as the drill bit will go. 2. Drill out the center of the first hole (3/4") with the 3/8" drill bit, and then using a small flat blade screwdriver gently "pop" the larger holes inner casing loose from the resin. It usually pops right out with a little bit of gentle pressure. 3. Ignore the fact that this knob is already painted, drill them out before painting them.
RTyler70713 years ago
You can get shifter inserts and adapters for making your knobs from JEGS or SummitRacing, Ebay also.
Sulik4 years ago
I know this is way after the fact, but how did you manage to break this thing? i have a different brand than you, so maybe the resin on mine is less fragile, but breaking it is damn near impossible. vise? hammer? jackhammer?
hart5312135 years ago
Oh yeah do you drive a ford ranger cause I do too and your interior looks exactly like mine lol
PikesPeak (author)  hart5312135 years ago
Yes it is a Ranger, and if you have those plastic door panels Westleys tire bleach white will clean them back to brand new condition, try it.
ok i will probably try that thanks man
hart5312135 years ago
You should wire up some LEDs into his eyes that run off your cigarette lighter and run the wire inside the shifter boot and hook it up with a resistor in there ad when you start the car the eyes light up that would be really cool
balisongboy6 years ago
where did you get the rat fink model
PikesPeak (author)  balisongboy6 years ago
Ebay; search for Jimmy Flintstone.
abadfart6 years ago
i have an old Subaru legacy and i got an 8 ball knob but i cant seam to get the old knob off any help.