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Tricks for removing the Powerflite shifter housing from the dash of a 56 Dodge?
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-03-24 9:41 PM (#579849)
Subject: Tricks for removing the Powerflite shifter housing from the dash of a 56 Dodge?



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My shifter housing is in serious need of a paint stripping and repainting. While I was testing the installation of a Torqueflite shifter box, I took the time to note the location of the two bolts that hold the shifter box to the dash. I presume that the shifter housing was attached to the dash before the dash was installed in the car. I only want to paint the shifter box, not totally remove my dash. So can the shifter box be removed somehow? Tricks?

The current state of my shifter box (not pretty):



The two bolts that seem to be the ones holding the shifter box to the dash (I think I saw the head of one bolt when I stuck my head up under the dash - but not the other one.):

Edited by 56D500boy 2019-03-24 9:43 PM




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wizard
Posted 2019-03-25 2:36 AM (#579855 - in reply to #579849)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing the Powerflite shifter housing from the dash of a 56 Dodge?



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Well, I'd say that it's possible to remove them - but to get them back seems more difficult.

Take a Dremel grinder with a small cutting blade and carefully grind a slot in the screws.
With an angled screwdriver it should be possible to loosen the screws https://www.elfadistrelec.no/en/angled-screwdrivers-angled-90-mm-wih...

When you mount it, you could perhaps use clips for metal screws and philips screws from the accessible side
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60 dart
Posted 2019-03-25 5:01 AM (#579858 - in reply to #579849)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing the Powerflite shifter housing from the dash of a 56 Dodge?



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has to be bolted from the other side of the panel . no hand room ?????????????? . if you can't get it out , how'd the factory bolt it in . has to be a simple solution!--------------------------------------later
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-03-25 8:44 AM (#579862 - in reply to #579858)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing the Powerflite shifter housing from the dash of a 56 Dodge?



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60 dart - 2019-03-25 2:01 AM

has to be bolted from the other side of the panel . no hand room ?????????????? . if you can't get it out , how'd the factory bolt it in . has to be a simple solution!


Yeh, the factory pre-assembled the dash, including the shifter housing, before the dash was installed into the car. That Plymouth assembly line video showed that. So the easy answer is "Step 1. Remove Dash".

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56D500boy
Posted 2019-03-25 8:47 AM (#579863 - in reply to #579855)
Subject: Re: Tricks for removing the Powerflite shifter housing from the dash of a 56 Dodge?



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Sven: I agree with 100% of what you said. I've already thought that one through and even then it won't be easy.

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