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  • Automatic Shift Linkage???

    I just put a 1963 Studebaker steering column in the 56 wagon. It was originally a standard. My question is do I look for a shift linkage for a 56 or a 63? I am going to have to start looking for one.

    7G-Q1 49 2R12 10G-F5 56B-D4 56B-F2
    http://ozarktrails.tripod.com/

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    I struggled a bit with a similar situation. I installed a 64 259 and automatic in my 58 Champion. The 58 originally had a manual trans. I couldn't come up with a correct 58 length column and linkage for automatic. I ended up using the 64 Cruiser column and linkage and extending the column collar to compensate for the 4 inch length difference. The shifter handle is a bit close to the dash, and the turn signals don't self correct now, but it works in the short term. Ultimately, you'll likely need a column and linkage for a 56. The 63 stuff will probably physically work though to get you by in the meantime.

    T.J. Fletcher
    North Atlanta, Ga
    1958 Champion 2-door sedan
    T.J. Fletcher
    North Atlanta, Ga
    1958 Champion 2-door sedan

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    • #3
      When I put the 56 steering wheel on the 63 column my turn signals didn't work either. I found a longer spring that goes on the steering wheel to conceal the turn signals. Them springs on the steering wheel are a bear to change. A couple time I had to chase it clear across the garage. I guess I will have to find a linkage and modify it.

      7G-Q1 49 2R12 10G-F5 56B-D4 56B-F2
      http://ozarktrails.tripod.com/
      Studebaker Diners Club

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      • #4
        Carl, you might also consider a cable, such as Lokar sells, in place of the rods.

        "In the heart of Arkansas."
        1952 Champion Starlight w/overdrive. Searcy, Arkansas
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        "In the heart of Arkansas."
        Searcy, Arkansas
        1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
        1952 2R pickup

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        • #5
          I had thought about but can't get through my head how it will work on a column shift.

          7G-Q1 49 2R12 10G-F5 56B-D4 56B-F2
          http://ozarktrails.tripod.com/
          Studebaker Diners Club

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