I bought a left ruckstell shifter from snyders for my 21 touring sedan. I am not clear where the handle should be in relation to the parking brake handle. In reviewing photos on this site it appears the shift arm is outside the brake lever. However the Snyder shifter Rod is only 24 inches long so it does not reach the right frame rail. I did see a post showing the measurements of a shifter that the rod was 25/14 inches. At this the rod rests on the right frame rail. My question is does the shift lever be outside of the brake lever , on the inside or immediately behind the brake lever?
Mine is just outboard, left , of the parking brake.
Mine fits immediately behind the brake lever. I have a kink in the Ruckstell to move the knob to the left side of the brake lever.
Mine is directly behind the brake lever. It needed some heat and bending to be in a satisfactory location with no interference in my 27 tudor.
The one on dad's old "'15" roadster was offset to the left of the brake lever.
That was a sweet car, had a later motor and was set up with a Bosch distributor and coil, 3 to 1 rear end and a milled head... that car would, as they say, really "walk the dog". (It was also the car I took my first drivers license test in... good times!)
I understand that it was sold to the person who was doing the "rent-a-model-T" thing, through Yosemite or Yellowstone or around Lake Tahoe or somesuch... whoever ended up with it, that was one sweet car.
I've installed a few of those LH Ruckstell shifters, and I like to put the shifter lever to the left of the brake lever. As George mentioned, when you do that with today's shifter kits, the shaft is too short to reach across the frame. I solve that problem by welding a 2" piece of 3/4" rod to it, which works out just fine. I just wish they'd make them that way. How much trouble would it be? Certainly less trouble than having to remake it.
You might have to heat and put an offset in the lever. Mine hit my leg while driving until I bent it to the left. It is installed in my 17 runabout.
With RHD cars the usual shifter in the centre is fine. I get around the throttle being on the left by fitting a foot throttle. It is dead easy on RHD cars, a pedal on the floor and an almost straight rod directly to the carburetor. Of course having driver's door helps.
Allan from down under.
I like mine where it supposed to be!
Larry, I am debating location on my plans to put Ruckstell in the 25 roadster. I have the original shifter and also a left shifter. Location doesn't bother you getting in and out? Shifting with right hand seems less awkward to me .Had left shifter on Hack. Replies are appreciated from all.
I have a speedster with the Ruckstell shifter out to the left, I like being able to handle the throttle with my right hand and shift with my left hand. If I could I'd put my Chicago shifter out to the left too!
Warren - My reply is that even if it feels somewhat cumbersome to have to use the right hand to shift as well as to operate the throttle, those two motions can be done very quickly and efficiently as they do not have to be done at the same time.
Push throttle up, drop hand and make quick shift and return hand to open throttle. It can be done smoothly and efficiently and very quickly, which is the way to shift a Ruckstell anyway.
I can't say in regard to problems getting in and out of car, because my '27 depot hack With Ruckstell has a drivers door.
All that to say, I can't see anything wrong with the Ruckstell factory mount on the U-joint housing as shifting with the right hand seems natural to me,.....FWIW,....harold
Seth - .....one added thought,....to shift and operate throttle as you do, it is probably necessary to completely let go of steering wheel, whereas using right hand as I do and as Ruckstell factory mount dictates, you never let go of steering wheel with left hand,.....again,.....FWIW,.....harold