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Short Shifter Knobs for manual transmission Cars

I just drove my 280sl 5-speed home with no shifter knob, just the threads between my thumb and index fingers. I think Iíd like a short knob. I guess all I need to know is the thread pitch and I can be on my way to shopping.

I twisted the retaining nut down as low as it could go, and it looks like Iíve got more than an inch of threads that Iíd like to fit into whatever knob I get.

Any opinions of facts out there that might be helpful?

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I have a spare knob and tried M10x1.25. No go. I have a cheap pitch measuring tool. I think it is M10x1.0 but even with magnifiers I can't swear to it. My spare is a new one and it is shorter by the length of that metal piece sticking out the bottom.
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A little too vintage with the ivory. Something like this in wood would be perfect I think, even if it had no shift pattern listed.

https://www.authenticclassics.com/23...uth-002761.htm

I think w108 shifters are pretty scrawny. So Iím not banking on that even working.


I found a nut in my spare hardware box, and itís definitely a fine thread. It didnít take long to discover that brass mortise doorknobs with stripped out threads work.



I canít imagine anyone will be surprised to hear I didnít like that setup.

For now I think I like this plastic curtain tieback ball best because I can do all the shifting with my wrist, leaving my arm still on the arm rest.







That really helps me understand how deep I will want a wood ball drilled if I end up going that route. I think Iíve got some wood doorknobs in another place, and I may be really tempted to shape one.



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I thought I should at least grab the shifter from the 1985 190e 5-speed I parted out to see if itís any better. Wow! This actually makes all the difference, and I donít have to look like a clown.








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I laughed a little at the glass door knob. You'd think someone would have made a wooden 5 speed shifter knob somewhere.

I also have that exact same car charger.
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That shorter knob is the new one I have.
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That shorter knob is the new one I have.
I opened the epc and it looks like the w201 knob is what I see here matching the EPC part number: https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...le/1232671110/

I found it interesting that there's also a picture of a handle/knob attached to the boot, which is part B66268102 There are some expensive knobs on ebay in europe for 200 euro. Heck, it's not a 5 speed. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-...-/311983628765 Not really period correct for an r107. Well, maybe a 560sl.




The knob part number for my 1984/1985 280sl is 1262670510 . https://www.ecstuning.com/Search/SiteSearch/1262670510/

The EPC also shows an integrated boot knob: B66268105 https://www.ebay.de/itm/Original-Mer...-/372656720908


280sl: https://www.ilcats.ru/mercedes/?func...3274&pid=34713

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