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Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 12:28 pm 
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Hey guys,

How hard is it to do in an XB ute and what does it envolve?

Would it be worth buying a brand new gearbox to put in or finding a second hand one?

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Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 1:16 pm 
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Done this years ago, on a VH commonwhore, had to cut a hole in the floor, wasnt really hard, second ahnd manuals arent to hard to find, usually you can tell if they are rooted, wiggle the input/output shafts, was a bit of rooting around, but worth it in the end.
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Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 3:48 pm 
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lol, I'd kill for a car with column shift. It'd have to be auto though, none of that manual crap :lol:

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:36 pm 
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as said before, all you need is a shifter, cut hole in floor and connect up linkages.
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Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:43 pm 
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LSD wrote:
lol, I'd kill for a car with column shift. It'd have to be auto though, none of that manual crap :lol:


my old EA wagon was a column shift auto - provided for an interesting car! :P

my grandads old holden belmont has a 3-on-the-tree manual - its heaps of fun! :D

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 8:04 pm 
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joolz wrote:
as said before, all you need is a shifter, cut hole in floor and connect up linkages.


Is that how i would go about it if i wanted it 3 speed?

If i kept it 3 speed and took it to the floor what parts would be needed?
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Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 9:24 pm 
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afaik there werent any 3 speed floor shifts available from the factory, so you'd be looking for one of the speco 3-speed floor shift kits like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... 45078&rd=1

2 problems,
1: AFAIK (at least, in holdens anyway) the shifter comes thru the side of the trans tunnel, not the centre and looks pretty wierd
2: the kits are getting very rare.....

personally, i'd go for the 4 speed conversion

either way, you're gonna have to cut a hole in the trans tunnel, and i'd look at getting a replacement steering column too

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 11:02 pm 
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Cant you just use the old column and take the shifter off?
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Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 11:15 pm 
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Yep, that's what we did on my brother's XY ute, looks a bit messy but it works. His selectors were stuffed so it was easier to just bung the Speco on.
Not hard really, and the only difference in moving to 4 speed is that you will be changing the gearbox, and if you have a hydraulic clutch you will have to convert to cable for the 4 speed.

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 11:31 pm 
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This sounds like a good idea, is there any other place to get one from other than ebay?

EDIT: are there any other yea model falcons whos gearbox would fit in an XB?
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Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:18 am 
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afaik the speco 3 speed shifters are no longer in production

yea, you *could* cut the old shifter off, but the stub would still be there....

 

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