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Hey everyone, I'm tired of the tall farmer shifter in the Le Baron, does anyone have one of the factory shorter units from an 89 G body hanging around? Shipping to Canada as well.
 

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The difference in the P-and G-body shifters in 89 was the P-body shifter had a rearward bend in the stick. The G-bodies were straight. They would bolt in otherwise. Do a little searchin on the forum and you can probably find some pics of people that modified their shifters to be a shorter throw. There is/was a guy who went by Maddog shifters that sold modified ones using your core. He modified shifters for the SRT enthusiasts as well. His name is Chuck Gregory. Google Maddog shifters and find more info.
 

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I thought I was sure the 1989 Daytona Shelby had the curve as well??

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I know the theory behind making a short throw, but I don't have a spare on hand to work on and still have a drivable car. If the P body shifter is a direct bolt in then that's probably easier to find. I thought I read somewhere that the P body shifter needed modification for the G/J?
 

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I thought I was sure the 1989 Daytona Shelby had the curve as well??

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Randy
Possible Randy, I know the 87/88 had the straight slightly shorter shifter. I was always in search of the P-bodies for L-body a555/a568 transplants. The way I installed them, I actually bent the P-bodies even further to fit the L-body console.
Here is a 568 installed in my SFB GLHT.
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I just looked at parts books on disk.
The 87 P-body 4419932 G-body 4377227
88 4377228 same for P & G body
89 4471149 until 4/7/89 P, A, G, bodies after 4471146. G and J bodies 4471148.
The differences are probably pretty minor, I've never had any issues using any of them in L-body 555/568 transplants.
I do remember the aluminum cage bolt pattern itself changed from 555 to 568. They look similar but won't interchange without relocating the studs for the aluminum cage. Obviously the cables and the whole shifter changed from a two plane to three plane shifter.
 

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Hey Todd:

I installed a 1988 A-555 trans, long shifter and cables in my Omni in 1997.

Shortly after I gathered 3 more shifters with intentions of experimenting.

I got another long 88 Daytona and 2 short ones from 1989 Daytona's.

Short curved was from a Shelby and short straight from a base model.

I've been meaning to take a picture of the 3 of them for over 20 yrs !!

Never had any interest in 523-568's due to reverse in the wrong spot.

Possibly they weren't correct but I always thought they were.

I never really got any parts from cars other than Daytona's.

They were plentiful here and I called them "Donor Cars"

They had good inards to donate to my beloved L bodys!

Local Daytona guys weren't very impressed !!

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Randy
 

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Hey Randy,
I did do one transplant of a 555 into a L-body using rods instead of cable shifter. That really worked slick, but had to modify/improve a couple pieces of the kit that TD parts sold for that kit. Here is a pic of the original issue.
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Then of the modification.
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My biggest regret !!

I blindly used cables without even considering the rod linkage.

I tossed my low mileage rod setup and have regretted it ever since.

Hats off to modifying it even though I'm too dumb to see the difference.

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Randy

PS: Do you have a different email address??

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Hey Randy,
I did do one transplant of a 555 into a L-body using rods instead of cable shifter. That really worked slick, but had to modify/improve a couple pieces of the kit that TD parts sold for that kit. Here is a pic of the original issue.
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