out of necessity is a phrase that really applies to this product. I installed my
first late model T-5 transmission into a classic Mustang well over 10 years ago. With
every installation Ive done since, the process has been refined and improved to the
point where there is no mystery or problems in doing it. Except in one area; the shifter
handle. I have never been able to find a production based shifter handle thats
comfortable for me. Now, thats a thing of the past.
After trying several different shifter handles and making a couple myself, I
figured that I would just have to continue to stretch forward to make the 2nd to 3rd shift
in my Mustangs that were equipped with the T-5's. Installing a better shifter to the
transmission like a Steeda Tri-Ax and the Hurst Competition Plus made a big difference as
they cut down the travel. Still, I found myself having to lean forward to make the shift.
The new Restomod® Speed Shift Remote Shifter Handle changes that for good! It sets the
shifter handle 10" back on the tunnel from where the shifter comes through the floor
making it very easy to reach. As an added bonus, since the transmission is now shifted so
close to the floor, the distance you have to move the shifter to change gears is greatly
reduced over having a handle sticking up out of the floor. Comfort and speed! What a
If you have a T-5 in your classic Mustang, the next time you make that
2nd to 3rd or 4th to 5th shift, check to see if you have to strain to do so. If you do,
you may want to consider installing a Restomod® Speed Shift Remote Shifter Handle in your
classic Mustang. By the time you receive this issue of Restomod Daze, we have them in
stock and ready to ship. Each comes assembled at a price less than $200.00. Now here's how
easy it is to install this hot new remote shifter handle!
1.) The Restomod® Speed Shift Remote Shifter Handle comes
assembled and ready to install as shown, including the shifter knob.The major parts are as
A. The shifter block
B. The transfer rod
C. The shifter handle
D. The shifter handle bracket
2.) Our project car is Ol Blue, Ron Jr.s 1966
coupe with the EFI 5.0 and T-5 transmission. We chose Ron Jr.s Mustang because it
had carpet in it, its very streetable, and with Rons long legs, he needs the
benefits of the shifter! In this picture, George shows the difference between the two
shifter handles by holding the new Restomod® Speed Shift Remote Shifter Handle in the
area it will be installed.
3.) Remove the T-5 shifter handle, leaving the shifter boot
on if you are going to use it. (We removed it to get better pictures and then put it back
on for the final shot) This leaves the shifter handle arm from the T-5s shifter
sticking up out of the floor and boot. There are many different aftermarket shifters on
the market today and everybody will not have the same one. So supplying mounting bolts
becomes a problem. You may have to use your existing ones over again so dont give
them the old heave ho just yet!
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4.) Bolt the shifter block to the shifter handle arm which is
sticking up out of the transmission. You can bolt it to either side with no problem. To
center the remote shifter handle in the floor, we bolted the prototype up to the
passengers side of the shift handle arm. Also, because Rons car has the stock
shifter on the transmission, we had to use the existing metric bolts, which were smaller
in diameter than the 3/8 fine thread grade 8 bolts that are included in the kit. We
simply made a couple of sleeves to go around the bolts and fit into the holes on the
shifter block to keep them tight.
The photo shows the shifter block bolted to the shifter handle arm
which can be seen sticking up out of the factory shifter. As you can see, the stock hole
in the floor offers a lot of clearance.
5.) Now for the hardest part. This will be a lot easier if
you dont have the carpet in the car, but Rons Mustang does. Make sure the
transfer rod is held straight so that it doesnt bind when in use. Position the
shifter handle straight up at 90 degrees. With a sharp awl, make a hole in the floor to
position the shifter handle mount. If youre working on the metal floor, mark all
holes at once and center punch them.
Then drill a 1/4 hole in the floor. We had to be very careful
since we were drilling through the carpet. The drill can grab a strand of carpet and pull
a run in it. Our care and patience paid off and the carpet came through it alright. If
youre not hampered with the carpet, drill all four holes at the same time.
6.) Next drop a 1/4 grade 8 mounting bolt through the
5/16 hole in the shifter handle bracket and snug it up from under the car. Line the
shifter handle bracket up straight with the transfer rod. Take the awl and make another
hole in the floor and drill it out as before. Finish the other holes and youre ready
to bolt the shifter handle bracket to the floor. We are using 1/4 bolts in
5/16 holes so there can be a little adjustment after the holes are drilled. The
added clearance will help you, especially if youre mounting the shifter handle
bracket on carpet, to be able to make sure its aligned straight with the transfer
With a friends help, tighten all of the 4 mounting bolts equally on
the shifter handle bracket. Check the shifting operation to make sure its smooth and
doesnt bind. Now, take it out for a drive and enjoy shifting those gears!
TO TECH ARTICLE ARCHIVES
The Restomod® Remote Shifter is
only available for T-5 and Tremec
transmissions at this time.
As you can see, the range of motion has been considerably been reduced for less arm
Here's the remote shifter
installed! Would you like one
for your Mustang? Just click on the advertisement at
the top of this column for an active link to our ordering
site with more detailed information and pricing.