How to get rid of push button shift cables

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  1. Bill Crowell

    Bill Crowell FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    Boy, those shift cables on my Valiant with a push button Torqueflite 727 sure do get in the way of everything. I'd like to install headers, but I think it's impossible with the shift cables in the way.

    Would you guys please edumacate me on how to convert an early PB 727 to a floor shift? I apologize for being clueless.

    I think finding a correct floor shifter and modifying the old cables, or having new cables made, would be too difficult and expensive, so I am thinking manual valve body.

    So how do you install a manual valve body on an old PB 727? I assume that maybe it requires a special valve body? Can you point me to anybody that I should contact for parts?

    The 727 that I've got is well-built, it was somewhat expensive and it works well, so I really don't want to get a different transmission. Thanks a lot, guys.
     
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    toolmanmike FABO MODERATOR Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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    I think you need a later model transmission.
     
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    • 1963dartgt

      1963dartgt FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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      Gomna need a later style trans or the correct style floor shift and cables. Ive done a ton of searching for my 63 dart and thats what ive come up with after months of browsing fourms.
       
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      ............and then you get to deal with the large/ vs/ small converter register..........
       
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        toolmanmike FABO MODERATOR Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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        And I bet your early Valiant has a 904 and not a 727.
         
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        I ran cables with headers, like everything else, work around it.

        It's hot-rodding !

        Try putting a Hemi in an Austin !!
         
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        • RustyRatRod

          RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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          The pro stockers back in the day relocated the push button console to the floor a lot of times. You might look at something like that.
           
        • Bill Crowell

          Bill Crowell FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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          Nope, it's got a 727, toolman, as well as an 8-3/4" Dana Power Lock positraction. I did have to enlarge the floorboard hump to accommodate the 727.

          I don't think anybody mentioned the possibility of installing a manual valve body. Wouldn't that get rid of the shift cable, and then I would just have to worry about actuating the park cable somehow?

          EDIT: "The previous statement is inoperative." - Ron Ziegler, press secretary for President Nixon.

          Sorry, I didn't understand how a manual valve body works, but a friend clued me in. The answer may be to use longer shift cables rather than trying to get rid of them. That way they could be routed far forward, in front of the headers.
           
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