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Posted 14 June 2009 - 10:49 AM

Hi,

New here. I'm working on a '69 Firebird with a automatic with console. The shifter was initially jammed and the button would not depress. I finally got it to where the button would push down but won't go back up until I twist the knob.

I need to get this apart to restore the shifter but do not know how to get the button out and the knob off.

Help appreciated.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 01:14 PM

If it's like the auto shifted knob in a third gen, here's is a little staple lookin thing facing the front of the car.
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 01:48 PM

Put a small screw driver under each side of the button. Do not use the front and rear, use the sides. There is a flat metal spring under the push button that holds the button still on the shaft of the shifter. In the bottom of the knob after you remove the button you will see a small outside snap ring that sets in a grove on the shift lever itself, it sets snug against the bottom of the knob. You will need a set of small external snap ring pliers to remove it.
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 06:31 PM

View PostThe Joker, on Jun 14 2009, 02:14 PM, said:

If it's like the auto shifted knob in a third gen, here's is a little staple lookin thing facing the front of the car.


Sorry,

It's not like that. I had a '97 Firebird Formula that had that setup with the staple and this doesn't work that way.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 06:37 PM

View PostPete W, on Jun 14 2009, 02:48 PM, said:

Put a small screw driver under each side of the button. Do not use the front and rear, use the sides. There is a flat metal spring under the push button that holds the button still on the shaft of the shifter. In the bottom of the knob after you remove the button you will see a small outside snap ring that sets in a grove on the shift lever itself, it sets snug against the bottom of the knob. You will need a set of small external snap ring pliers to remove it.


Thanks Pete. That's probably what I was looking for. I'll work on it tomorrow.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 09:44 PM

Mike,
I hope Pete was able to help you out.
Are you going to show us pictures of your car 1 piece at a time? Front right corner sure looks good :haha22:
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 05:44 AM

View PostCanhos, on Jun 14 2009, 10:44 PM, said:

Mike,
I hope Pete was able to help you out.
Are you going to show us pictures of your car 1 piece at a time? Front right corner sure looks good :)


Thanks,

It still has a ways to go. Interior, engine, etc.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 06:49 AM

Wow Mike, that is one very beautiful Firebird! Keep us posted on your progress and more pics.
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 06:59 AM

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:12 AM

Very nice Mike. Thanks for sharing.
Looks like you're on the home stretch.
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:38 AM

View PostPete W, on Jun 15 2009, 07:49 AM, said:

Wow Mike, that is one very beautiful Firebird! Keep us posted on your progress and more pics.
Take Care, Pete


Thanks. It's getting there. Working on the interior and getting the engine compartment ready. Have to detail the suspension. I also have a '95 Formula and a '71 AMX.

By the way, anyone have a '69 AM radio?

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:42 AM

Finding a radio for a decent price has been a nightmare, most are dead junk and a real good one is stupid money.
I have been looking since last October and no good luck so far.
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:51 AM

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Finding a radio for a decent price has been a nightmare, most are dead junk and a real good one is stupid money.
I have been looking since last October and no good luck so far.


Yikes!

Actually, don't care if it works. Just something to fill the hole. May put a Secret Audio unit in.
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 09:29 AM

View PostPete W, on Jun 14 2009, 02:48 PM, said:

Put a small screw driver under each side of the button. Do not use the front and rear, use the sides. There is a flat metal spring under the push button that holds the button still on the shaft of the shifter. In the bottom of the knob after you remove the button you will see a small outside snap ring that sets in a grove on the shift lever itself, it sets snug against the bottom of the knob. You will need a set of small external snap ring pliers to remove it.

Okay Pete, I got the button out of the knob, removed the snap ring and one other ring that was in there but the knob still won't come off!!!! I can't see anything else that would hold it on the shaft.
Everything is working now but I want to get the knob off to ease installation of the shifter and the console.

HELP!

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 09:50 AM

View PostPete W, on Jun 14 2009, 02:48 PM, said:

Put a small screw driver under each side of the button. Do not use the front and rear, use the sides. There is a flat metal spring under the push button that holds the button still on the shaft of the shifter. In the bottom of the knob after you remove the button you will see a small outside snap ring that sets in a grove on the shift lever itself, it sets snug against the bottom of the knob. You will need a set of small external snap ring pliers to remove it.


NEVER MIND! I got it off!

Had to remove the lower snap ring to move the knob down and take a file to smooth the shaft at the top due to rust, then the knob came off.
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