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  • Transmission / Overdrive: Avanti owners with four speeds.........

    I am attempting to ascertain what is being utilized as a shift boot.........I doubt any cars built with four speed still have their factory rubber boots........so that brings up the question what is being used as of 2017?
    Sadly, the Ed Reynolds re-popped boot is not made of rubber (neoprene sp) is way too stiff with little "give" and the bottom lip is far too narrow........which results in the boot popping out from the center console ring/plate........and it's getting "old' taking the thing apart to re-set it in place.

    I understand Dorman makes boots.......but they do not give the exact dimensions of the shift hole and bottom lip.

    Thanks in advance for any and all comment.

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    If you are looking for OEM style, I'm out of the loop but I used the square version of this Lokar boot in the 74 6-speed. It's a nice air tight flexible boot and you can use your trim ring if you want.

    https://www.summitracing.com/parts/lok-70hrb/overview/

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    • #3
      I'm pretty sure that Studebaker International had them reproduced, Maybe Ed is out of them? I have a Hurst shifter in my 63, used the stock boot, and shifts SO MUCH better!

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      • #4
        Jim yes you are correct, but Ed Reynolds (Studebaker International) had them made of a very stiff neoprene with almost zero true give, and the bottom lip is way too narrow and keeps pulling up from the fiberglass consul plate:-(
        Originally posted by 52 Ragtop View Post
        I'm pretty sure that Studebaker International had them reproduced, Maybe Ed is out of them? I have a Hurst shifter in my 63, used the stock boot, and shifts SO MUCH better!

        Jim

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        • #5
          I have a Hurst shifter, but the stick is a copy of the Studebaker one, not Hurst.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the tip Bob. I just got my car back together (enough to sort out) and I really don't want that big, clunk boot Hurst supplies to fit their shiter. My plan had been to get a boot made to fit the powershift opening. This will be a whole lot better in the short run.

            As for Hawklover, do not despair, Lokar makes one with a round base too; https://www.summitracing.com/search/...ibanner=SREPD5

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            • #7
              Don't know if this might work, but how about a CV joint boot with a little tweaking
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              • #8
                Originally posted by 64V-K7 View Post
                Don't know if this might work, but how about a CV joint boot with a little tweaking
                I thought the same thing. Perhaps from an ATV which would be smaller.
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                • #9
                  What are the dimensions of the hole? Could be there are some other vehicles from the 60's with similar size holes. 69 Camaro is 4.75 by 3.375.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by spokejr View Post
                    Thanks for the tip Bob. I just got my car back together (enough to sort out) and I really don't want that big, clunk boot Hurst supplies to fit their shiter. My plan had been to get a boot made to fit the powershift opening. This will be a whole lot better in the short run.

                    As for Hawklover, do not despair, Lokar makes one with a round base too; https://www.summitracing.com/search/...ibanner=SREPD5
                    Sadly the ring is not round:-(

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                    • #11
                      The hole in the Avanti is between 3 & 5/8- 3 and 3/4 inches across....also the boot needs to have a lip that will slip under the fiberglass console -plate.
                      Originally posted by Lynn View Post
                      What are the dimensions of the hole? Could be there are some other vehicles from the 60's with similar size holes. 69 Camaro is 4.75 by 3.375.

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                      • #12
                        CV boots are not flat at the bottom and have no lips.......can not see how one would work in an Avanti?
                        Originally posted by bezhawk View Post
                        I thought the same thing. Perhaps from an ATV which would be smaller.

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                        • #13
                          Try a boot from a mid-60s Mopar B-body...Charger, Coronet, Satellite...without a console. I had a '67 Dodge Charger with a 4-speed and the boot looked roughly the same size. They should be available from Mopar repop vendors.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Hawklover View Post
                            Sadly the ring is not round:-(
                            It doesn't matter what shape the hold down is as long as it's screwed or bolted down. The Lokar boot fans out as a circle or rectangle depending on the supplied bezel shape but it can be trimmed/adjusted to any shape desired. The boot is a good solution but it is obviously not stock. The upside is it is very flexible and seals well.

                            Bob

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                            • #15
                              Hawk, had you searched a little bit on their site, you would have found this;
                              https://www.summitracing.com/parts/l...bhrb/overview/
                              The boot can also be mounted on the bottom side as well as the top.

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