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    Okay, I getting everything I need to start on my 1951 Studebaker Business Coupe. The V8 Studebaker motor full flow is ready. This motor is connected with a Chevy 350 turbo automatic Transmission. Any recommendation on shift linkage. Since Summit is having a 10% discount this Friday, I was thinking of purchase a kit that would work for my stude. Anyone have a good idea???? Also, I got my front Studebaker disc brake kit. Need Ideas on new under the floor master cylinder kits. I want a double chamber mater cylinder. Any ideas on brackets plus ?????. Please advise.
    Last edited by royvaldez; 11-23-2012, 08:13 AM.

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    Roy,
    I bought a 63 Champ about a month ago and it has a 289 with a 350 turbo and a floor shift kit. It’s a nice setup and fits the truck great. I don’t know the manufacture, but I’m sure there are several out there.
    Check the forum link below and one of the pictures shown the interior and the floor shift. It’s a drop in unit, as far as I can tell.

    Dick

    http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...s-a-1963-Champ!

    Dick
    Mountain Home, AR
    http://www.livingintheozarks.com/studebaker2.htm

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    • #3
      The shifter in the Champ appears to be a Lokar unit. It mounts to the tailshaft and has a rod assembly to shift the tranny. Because everything is hidden by the boot it looks more OEM. The cable shifters, like B&M, have more mechanism above the floor but are much more flexible in where they can be mounted.

      Depends on your preference as prices are about the same $250 or so. There is a Mr Gasket unit that I believe goes for about $100 with less frills but should work.

      Depends mainly on your pocketbook and preference as everybody builds 'em for TH350's.

      Bob
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      • #4
        Take a look at Lokar's website. They make a high quality product. I've installed 3 of them and and wouldn't use any other for your setup.
        Hope this helps,
        Kim

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        • #5
          I am looking for an adjustable coloum shift linkage Kit for a GM th-350 transmission.

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          • #6
            Roy, depends a lot on what steering column you are using and whether it has a shift lever already. Lokar makes a cable linkage that can be adapted to the steering column. I was able to use an adjustable rod to connect between my steering column and the transmission lever. It depends on the position of the trans in relationship to your column.

            http://www.lokar.com/product-pgs/col...link-main.html

            ANd here is the type of rod I used. It can be bent to the proper shape as needed and cut to length.

            http://www.classicperform.com/tech_a...geStoryweb.pdf
            Last edited by Pat Dilling; 11-23-2012, 12:04 PM.
            Pat Dilling
            Olivehurst, CA
            Custom '53 Starlight aka STU COOL


            LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...ournalid=33611

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            • #7
              Take a look or call "Ididit", They have a shifter mechanism with cable that will work with your application and is adjustable. You can the cable cut to length needed.
              Phone 517-424-0577 I thin it's on thier website as well.
              Kim

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              • #8
                Hi, Roy,

                Gonna be a fun ride.

                Need Ideas on new under the floor master cylinder kits. I want a double chamber mater cylinder. Any ideas on brackets plus ?????.
                Are you going to run a power steering system? If so, on my next build I've considered adapting the GM Hydroboost power brake system. You get power brakes without a vacuum booster. Don't know what the room is like under the floor of the '51 but Hydroboost has enough benefits over the vacuum that GM used them on millions of trucks, vans and cars.

                jack vines
                PackardV8

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                • #9
                  I am using a Commander automatic steering colum. True, it is a champion that came from the factory with automatic, it still has the original colum. I plan on using a 1951 Studebaker colum. It will have ac and heating from vintage.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by royvaldez View Post
                    I am using a Commander automatic steering colum. True, it is a champion that came from the factory with automatic, it still has the original colum. I plan on using a 1951 Studebaker colum. It will have ac and heating from vintage.
                    In that case one or both of the two options I suggested should work for you. Just a suggestion, since you are already going to the expense of an adapter for the Chevy trans, why not go for one with overdrive? I am going to use the 200-4R behind my full flow 289 in the Conestoga. It is physically the same size as a Turbo 350. I understand if you already have the T350, but if you shop carefully you can find the overdrive. I paid $350 for mine.

                    Also Turner Brake makes an underfloor dual master cylinder set up.

                    http://www.turnerbrake.com/mcbrackets.html
                    Last edited by Pat Dilling; 11-24-2012, 02:38 PM.
                    Pat Dilling
                    Olivehurst, CA
                    Custom '53 Starlight aka STU COOL


                    LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...ournalid=33611

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