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While I do understand the market in regards to vintage cars and supply/demand,I am absolutely appalled at the prices of some parts on the market.

Particularly, manual transmission shift levers. I can't believe It costs $100-$200 every single time for a chromed-steel stick with threads on the end of it.:mad: You would think a Chinese company would've found a way to produce this part for less than $35 by now. It would be incredibly easy to die threads in my own metal rod, heat-bend it, hammer the end flat, drill two holes, and paint it.

So that's what i'm going to do. Problem is, I don't currently own or have access to a 1969 mustang manual shifter lever. After checking many websites and the ford factory manual, I have yet to find the dimensions of a factory ford manual transmission shift lever.

My plan is to install a T-5, but go for a factory-look regarding the shifter.

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Does anybody here know where I could find, or have the dimensions for a factory 1969 toploader ford shifter? The below picture would be an example of what i'm looking for, however this is an aftermarket unit not for a ford. Any help would be appreciated, as always!
 

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Interesting. On my to-do list somewhere is a stick for the T5 in my '67. Currently has Pro 5.0 setup, which is a little short. My plan is/was to recycle an old (LONG) three speed conversion shifter for a pickup I have. As long as I don't bend it too much I should be able to preserve the chrome on it. It will be damaged where it attaches of course, but that will be well covered by the boot. I never once considered what the OEM shifter specs might be, my plan was always to make a shifter that suited and fit ME.
 
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Interesting. On my to-do list somewhere is a stick for the T5 in my '67. Currently has Pro 5.0 setup, which is a little short. My plan is/was to recycle an old (LONG) three speed conversion shifter for a pickup I have. As long as I don't bend it too much I should be able to preserve the chrome on it. It will be damaged where it attaches of course, but that will be well covered by the boot. I never once considered what the OEM shifter specs might be, my plan was always to make a shifter that suited and fit ME.
Unfortunately I have never had a manual car in the family, so I don't know what exactly would fit me in particular. Of course, there's always the "level with the bottom of the steering wheel" approach. In order to find out, I need a shift lever for my soon-to-be-manual car so I can really "feel" what would be comfortable for me. I figured Ford's factory shifter was good enough for almost every buyer at the time of purchase, therefore it should be good enough for me.
 

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Actually I recall it was a pretty big thing back then to upgrade to a Hurst. :)
 

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Well, if you could import this into Sketchup or Gimp and know one dimension, such as the distance between mounting holes to properly scale the image, the rest should be a piece of cake....
 

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Well, if you could import this into Sketchup or Gimp and know one dimension, such as the distance between mounting holes to properly scale the image, the rest should be a piece of cake....
Hey this is a great idea! Do you know if the original shifter had any bend in the other axis, or is the only bend the one shown in this profile view?
 
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