Friday, September 11, 2009

What to do on a cold wet weekend.

Hurst shifters were one of our favorite thing to do at the OSS, well until the recent price hike on made buying cores rather prohibitive. And since we are rebuilding a copper Hurst Bus shifter this weekend we though we would reprint our "how to" on Hurst shifter rebuilds. It will be broken up in 3 or 4 parts that will be posted here over the course of the next week or so.

*One thing to keep in mind when rebuilding one of these bad boys and you want it done right, that there is some machining needed on the white shift blocks.*

Well its time to learn how to rebuild a Hurst shifter so we took the old copper shifter that Rob traded to me and broke it down.

Thing one needs to do this job.
Hurst or EMPI trigger shifter for parts. (only use the empi for the white bushings as the rest is crap!)
A vice
A rubber mallet
Needle nose pliers

When we got this shifter it was easy to see that it had been rebuilt at some point. The clips that hold the white guide bushings had been replaced with nuts, bolts and locking washers. In the process they also enlarged the hole in the white shift bushings.
The reverse lock out cable was also replaced with a much thinner and weaker piece of wire.

Oh well the shifter still need to be taken apart.

Here is what it looked like when we took out the bolts holding it together. Not much use to anyone in this shape.

Here are the clips that will need to be drilled out. We drilled off the base of the pins coming up from the bottom with out drilling into the bushing or the cage. Though sure someone could come up with a better way to do this.

Now the first thing you will need to do is to straighten out the reverse cable at the bottom of the shifter. Be gentle when doing this or it WILL break.

Next you pull the cable out the top of the trigger and take the trigger off.

So now you have drilled out the pins that hold the bushing to the cage, removed the reverse lock out cable and trigger.

Your shifter should look like this:

Alright more to come later!

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