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How To Install An Aftermarket Shifter

The decision to ditch the four-speed in our '68 Barracuda wasn't easy. After all, the car originally came equipped with it, and four-speeds are manly and just plain fun. But continued problems with clutch linkage, a high-rpm small-block with serious horsepower and torque, and some issues with consistent performance pushed us into the realm of fluid coupling. It was time to equip the 'Cuda with a slush box. For a car already equipped with an automatic transmission, the switch to an aftermarket performance shifter provides a measure of reliability not normally associated with stock production shifters. With reliability comes repeatability, and a good performance shifter offers positive gear changes. Having used B&M's venerable Pro Stick in projects over the years, we decided this was a good choice for the Barracuda.

The Pro Stick is a gated automatic shifter designed for use with most popular three-speed automatic transmissions. It features a billet stick, removable gate plate, and an NHRA-mandated reverse lockout that can be operated one-handed. To run this shifter on a Powerglide, a reverse-pattern three-speed, or a four-speed automatic transmission, a matching gate plate must be used. All are available from B&M, many in kit form. Installation was simple and took a few hours with basic tools.

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B&M Performance Products
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bmracing.com
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