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By, EZ Rhino
After a lot of thought and checking and rechecking my wallet, I decided on a simple, no frills shifter from B&M. It is the Unimatic model, and has a reverse lockout to prevent overshifts into reverse. It also features a neutral safety switch, which still remains unwired. I've decided neutral safety switches are for the same people that mistake the gas for the brake.
Anyway, it installed smoothly. I needed to do a bit of trimming to the floor cover, but other than that, it went well. I found that some sheet metal and some good shears are very helpful in a project like this. I've also developed a good working relationship with self-tapping screws.
Cooling the Dragon
Of all the stuff we hear about how to cool a V8, let me tell you that this combo really works. My radiator is a Howe unit from Summit racing, and I have a 6 blade clutch fan from my good friend Brian. (Thanks BC!) Around town, it's hard to get the temp above 190 or so. On a recent trail ride in Vernal Utah, it ran warmer, about 210-215. It was about 95 degrees outside that day. A shroud is your best friend! So is your best friend that helps you build the shroud (thanks Paul!!).
To keep the transmission cool, I use two coolers. The first, mounted in the engine compartment, is about 8" by 10" or so, and has a ten inch fan mounted on it. Soon, I will remount this cooler elsewhere to improve airflow. The second is a smaller cooler mounted in front of the radiator. The two seem to be adequate. I have a temp gauge on the transmission to monitor the temp.
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