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Old 11-05-2005, 12:06 AM   #11
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i think that it could be done.....you would need the parts car so you have everything
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Yeah, he is talking about going from a column shift bonneville to a console shift bonneville. He would have access to all the console shift parts and the column too. Just need to know what would be involved since he is not sure how the gear select cables differ.
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The SE'* came both ways, so I don't see why it wouldn't work, it'* the same transaxle, and the same car, right? I'd figure if you swapped over everything: bucket seats, center console, steering column, shift linkage, etc., it would almost have to be a straightforward swap.

I mean, the SLE interior, bucket seats and all, was an SE option. This would have to be possible. Right?
(Mine is a column shifter, and I actually kinda *like* it.)
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That would be a fun project. Do it up!!
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You'll need to change the shifter to trans cable and the steering column in order for it to function properly and a console and dash to make it look right. Lose the bench seat and replace with buckets. The dash should have all of the wiring necessary for the illumination and shift interlock.
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I thought they came with different gear ratios when they had a column shift...does that matter?
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I thought they came with different gear ratios when they had a column shift...does that matter?
not totally true.......the colum shift was available with the 2.84 and the 3.06....the same with the floor shifter....
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Yes it can be done. I was considering the Console/seat part of this swap myself. Figured the whole column thing would be too much. Just make something cool in place of the shifter and you can have the buckets/console. Just my .02
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Removing the column could prove interesting, as I do not know how to do that. Also, the ignition module might have to be changed. That said, incase anyone hasn't put two and two together, he is looking at swapping the interior out of my Red SSE into his car. So all the parts he will need to switch the shifter will be there. If we can get things worked out, we'd be looking to do this over christmas break so anyone wishing to help would be welcome. Preferably someone with experience, but n00bs are welcome too. Everyone needs a chance to learn.
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The steering column is not too bad to remove/reinstall. The cable that goes to the shifter is the biggest PITA but it sounds like you are already going to have the interior out. Normally, the front seats, carpet and center heater duct need to be removed cause the cables run under all of them.

The column has 5 bolts (including one at the universal joint where it goes through the firewall), one electrical connector and the cable.
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