4 Speed Shifter Restoration

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  1. DCL70

    DCL70 Veteran Member

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    The factory installed 1970-1971 Camaro/Firebird Hurst Comp. Plus shifters were NOT the same as the "aftermarket" Hurst Comp. Plus shifters sold in stores. The factory installed shifter did NOT have the stops and the levers were also different. However, the change from cadmium to gray phosphate plating occurred during the same time period (May or June 1970).

    Dave
     
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    Original 1970 Z/28 shifter. March 1970 build. Gray in color.

    Rick H.

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  3. DCL70

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    Rick,

    Your "0300431C" (where "030" = March 1970) is definitely an original. Has the shifter ever be re-plated? In my opinion the gray plating on your shifter appears to be almost "new".

    I have two 1970 shifters stamped "0400413I" (Apr. 1970) and "0600612M" (June 1970) and both are cadmium plated. The "0800732M" (Aug. 1970) shifter that I sold last year was plated with gray phosphate.

    I got the information about the change from cadmium plating to gray phosphate plating (May or June 1970) from Pete Serio's book entitled "Vintage Hurst Shifter" on page 52. All the 1970 factory Hurst Comp. Plus shifters dated in the year 1970 that I have seen at swap meets and Ebay have plating that agrees with the date change in Pete's book.

    Also refer to the thread listed below.

    Dave

    http://www.nastyz28.com/forum/showthread.php?t=157641
     
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  4. CamarosRus

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    Dave, My 07E (last batch of 1970) Norwood 70 Z-28 has a "cadmium" (interested to know HOW, Pete claims this was not ZINC) plated shifter.
     
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    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Both my 70 and 71 Z28 shifters are this color. The outsides are unrestored.

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    Yep...Thats the correct factory finish . Smooth unbead blasted steel.
     
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    It has been already stated that the late 70' and then 71' HURST Shifter body and internals were ZINC Phosphate Plated. They were not bare unplated steel.
     
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    flowjoe Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Pete Serio is obsessed with Hurst. He has collected and cataloged Hurst shifters and other items (factory literature, promotional items, etc) Not to mention restoring bunches and bunches of shifters. In short - he has created a database of knowledge from which to draw conclusions and make assertions.
     
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    FWIW..... here's a couple of pics of the shifter from my L78, which I sent in for rebuilding/restoration last week. It appears to be clear zinc plated or what's left of it.... It's definetly not pretty! My car has a 03C build date.

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    Joe,

    Pete's book is excellent except he totally missed the boat on the date codes of factory installed Hurst shifters.

    Dave
     

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