Hi Sum and Tom and anybody else who's listening.The good Reverend and I are using a cable shift out of a front wheel drive fourcylinder sedan.The cables are about three foot six long...it was fifteen dollars at a flea market....I was standing there staring at it thinking C.A.F.M! that thing could run any gearbox....and so with the el basico way I've set it up it works in a cross pattern..it remains to be seen whether that's practical .As Commander Grump our engine man says "you just wanna hope the sequential gears are opposite each other or you're stuffed shall we say"......To get the whole thing to feel right I had to take all the rubber grommets out and remove any slop .We also had to extend the selector tags on the 'box out wide so the cables ran straight back to them ..this introduced another element of difficulty so we ended up building a frame to support them at the outside as well , ahem , it works now.At the moment the pivots are bolts but soon(when I do my next bank heist) they'll be Heim joints.
We , crazily, elected to use our tank in it's original dimensions so it's been enough work just to fit the bare necessities in......making the shift work..getting the maximum movement out of the stick and then making it move the selectors the right amount was a job I probably could have done when I was a Lego expert at eight but that DIDN'T MAKE IT ANY EASIER
....some of the dumbest jobs on this build are the most humbling which is a point that anybody building a car should remember....you can buy all sorts of fantastic components but the fine detail of stitching them together is the real doozy........
......for the record the shift we used came out of an Isuzu Gemini.
BTW ...I had a chuckle about you guys going on about shifting left handed( crazy
, go figure)....um that's how we do it all the time here....but just for the record our shift in the 'tank is ...wait for it ....on the right