I want to put a left hand Ruckstel shift on a 1927 Coupe, but the normal left hand shift kit is pretty much useless. I have a little over 3/4 inch of clearance from the frame to the body and just the cross shaft alone is almost 3/4 inch diameter. I'm thinking of building my own with 1/2 cross shaft but was looking to see if anyone else out there has a better solution.
You mount the pillow blocks upside down below the frame rail on cars where the body sits close to the frame. Cut the shaft to fit between the frame rails.
Where does the handle come out?
Inside the brake handle, so you have make another slot for it in the floor boards? Or do you make a hole through the side of the frame rail?
It has to come out inside the frame rail in a seperate slot.
Or you can bore a hole the diameter of the shaft thru the frame for the shifter shaft and then it can come out behind the brake ratchet. You will find that the shifter lever needs to be heated and bent to get it to your favored position. I like the lever all the way out towards the side of the car personally.
David,, message coming.
After driving several cars with the Ruckstell shifter on the left, and having mounted a couple there myself I would never consider putting one in the middle again.
It is out of the way and nobody calls the car a model A because it has a shift lever in the middle.
I forgo the pillow blocks and install u-bolts on the top of the frame. I use nylon lock nuts and tighten the crosshaft to no play but still moves. Keeps everything under the floor with out a lot of engineering. Has worked fine for three years.