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loose shifter (spins around)

I have a strange one, that I cannot seem to find in the archives when I search. The actual shift rod (that is connected to the shift knob - yep, right there in cockpit) moves around within the shift mechanism base. It is apparent that the previous owner has JB welded it together in the past. I am confused as there is no apparent way of affixing this in place, no set screw, pins, or anything. It just spins around at the base, and is impossible to shift in this current condition...

Any thoughts? My current plan is to weld it, or chemically weld it, but wondering if there is a better way...

Thanks in advance!
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There are probably more professional fixes for this, but I'm a big fan of JB Weld myself. Roughed up and cleaned up the surfaces, and stuck it back in there. Has held tight for years now. Others with better methods of repair, chime in!

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I'd try to find another one if possible. If you repair it, we all KNOW EXACTLY when it will break!? Kenny Powell in Chula Vista might have one or some of the other folks here that work on them a lot?? Good luck.
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I think that one of the short shift kits has you cut and epoxy the gear shift lever. This might be the end result of that...

You can also go for welding or get another shift lever.

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I just bought a shifter on evil bay for $10. So they are around, rather cheaply.

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It is apparent that the previous owner has JB welded it together
Actually, it was the factory that did this epoxy job. It is hard to believe, but the factory actually glued the shifter together.

You might want to just get some good epoxy and re-glue it, as another used shifter may be ready to do the same thing.
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wow, I had no idea that was how the factory did it....if that is true, I guess I will just glue it back with something....lasted 30 years the first time....
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I think I would weld it correctly or buy a good used shifter? or if you trust it Epoxy. It's your call!
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The lever came off in my hand, thankfully this happened in the driveway. I broke out my handy welder and welded a bead all around it.
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I had shift rod come out in the middle of a heated gt-2 scca race national. I carry a spare welded shifter so those teeners at the track will already be covered. This is a good thing to do to all the teeners shift levers, it can be done in the car, if you are willing to take the chance that some slag might hit the GAS LINES directly under the shift lever.
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