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    72 1900 wagon auto to manual conversion

    hi all, I need some help in the shifter area. The auto shifter installs with 4 screws in a square hole. How is the manual car setup?? What holds the rubber shift boot in place. Any pictures would be helpful. diameter of hole in floor? I thought a metal ring might hold the boot in place.

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    Square boot I presume. This is a pic of a '70 Kadett shifter:

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    Quote Originally Posted by 73Manta72gt View Post
    hi all, I need some help in the shifter area. The auto shifter installs with 4 screws in a square hole. How is the manual car setup?? What holds the rubber shift boot in place. Any pictures would be helpful. diameter of hole in floor? I thought a metal ring might hold the boot in place.

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    The auto version has a raised sheet metal framework for the auto shifter. This needs to be removed.

    The manual shifter boot is round, retained in a rectangular sheet metal frame with a round hole with a raised lip to hold the boot.
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    Thanks guys, I'll post some picture with the area mark where I think I should cut
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    Quote Originally Posted by 73Manta72gt View Post
    Thanks guays, I'll post some picture with the area mark where I think I should cut
    I did this with my Wagon, you need that piece off the firewall where the clutch cable comes through, this can be bolted or welded on, but, it is a key piece
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    I started cutting out sheet metal parts for the firewall and I think I'm ok on that area
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    So I just need cut out the area that isn't flat and add sheet metal patch with a hole for the shifter boot..like in attached?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 73Manta72gt View Post
    So I just need cut out the area that isn't flat and add sheet metal patch with a hole for the shifter boot..like in attached?
    The raised automatic adapter is spot welded in place as I recall. I’d simply remove it to expose the original 4-speed hole, rather than cut it out oversized.
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    Thanks, now I have a new problem hood won't release. when I pull the hood release cable I can feel it pull against the spring but hood won't release. Any suggestions I'm just about ready to cut a hole in the hood

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    I guess your wagon is more or less the same as mine and the Manta parts car I got. Those hood latches appear to be big trouble waiting to happen.

    I'm told that one thing to make sure of it that the cable housing isn't moving when you pull on the cable. I noticed that the cable housing on the car I'm stripping has a pot metal end about 2"-3" long near the cable handle and it's damaged and the cable housing is pulling through. I'm also told that people think they've pulled the cable enough and tried to open the hood, but it's not quite fully unlatched and they yank on the hood and this causes the crossmember that holds the latch catch to pull away from the hood and get bent, as it is on my yellow wagon. So, make sure your housing is staying anchored.

    I've heard that you can drill a hole somewhere in the lever that disengages the latch and you can then install a loop of cable there that you can pull on if the T-handle won't unlatch the hood.

    Once you get the hood open again, I would suggest doing everything you can think of to loosen up that hood latching mechanism and lube the heck out of it.
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    Have you tried pushing down on the hood while you pull the release? Sometimes, taking the load off the release latch will allow it to move and release.
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    I will try that tonight and see if it helps.
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    The good news and bad news... Good news: Because the car was on run up block I had enough room to lay under it and reach my arm up and move the latch. I added a second cable just in case this happens again. Bad news: The car has been sitting with the transmission out for about 6 weeks and the interior has suffered a lot of poop damage from wrens going in and out the hole for the shifter. I found one dead in the car from heat stroke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 73Manta72gt View Post
    The good news and bad news... Good news: Because the car was on run up block I had enough room to lay under it and reach my arm up and move the latch. I added a second cable just in case this happens again. Bad news: The car has been sitting with the transmission out for about 6 weeks and the interior has suffered a lot of poop damage from wrens going in and out the hole for the shifter. I found one dead in the car from heat stroke.
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