Check Out My Balls

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Interior Upgrades' started by D1JL, May 24, 2014.

  1. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    Not completely happy with what is out there.
    I decided to make my own balls.

    This is only the prototype.
    A final version is being made up at this time and it will have the shift pattern on it.


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    Dave
     
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  3. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    BTW,
    When completed, these will be available in ALL colors.
    Also in many styles, with or without shift pattern, stripes, or logos.


    Dave
     
  4. aborbs87

    aborbs87 Active Member

    Hmm Molten Orange balls :)
     
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  5. :(The blue balls may be a bit of a hard sell.
    MH
     
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  6. WestcoastST

    WestcoastST Active Member

    Blue ball already done. dijl I took the ball you sold me and abrasive blasted it, then painted it.

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  7. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

     
  8. Firesail

    Firesail Active Member

    Niiiice!:cool:
     
  9. WestcoastST

    WestcoastST Active Member

    Sorry, stupid phone. Or maybe old eyes

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  10. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    My only concern is that the paint will eventually were off.
    For you or I that is not such a big deal as we both have blasters and can repaint.
    Many others may not like that option.

    The balls I suggest using are cast in color so it can NOT were off.


    Dave
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2014
  11. WestcoastST

    WestcoastST Active Member

    The surface is roughened to increase adherence. I really don't think it will wear off any more than any other painted plastic on our cars.

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  12. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Liken the Blueness of it :) good job
     
  13. moff3tt

    moff3tt Active Member

    Since you have taken the time to figure out the thread pitch and reverse lock out stuff for your own knobs any chance you could get a shift extender made up for me? I would love one with a weighted knob. The knob feels miles away from the steering wheel.
     
  14. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    I would need to think on this a while.
    I am not changing the reverse lock out, just adapting to it.
    Just raising the ball would be easy but then the lock out would be uncomfortable.
    I will be taking my boot apart soon so I can see what to do.
    Most people want is shorter and mine is about 1/2 inch lower.


    Dave
     
  15. moff3tt

    moff3tt Active Member

    Well I figured make the extension work with the existing lock out mechanism. Then machine in some kind of ergonomic into the extension so to get in reverse we would just have to move our hand down below the knob and grab the extension. Or something like that. I may have to make a bad MS paint drawing.

    Of course I only plan on raising it a little, so that with a short shift kit it wouldn't cancel it out completely. So with the extension an otherwise 30% reduction is only 15% or something like that. So a compromise all around. With a weighted knob I should be able to breath on the shifter to make it shift haha.
     
  16. 70sstrat08

    70sstrat08 Member

    Looks awesome keep us posted Dave!

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  17. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    I just received the final BALL.
    I think the color match is dead on.

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    It even has that glow in the sunlight.



    Dave
     
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  18. 70sstrat08

    70sstrat08 Member

    This is what I've been looking for. Perfect

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  19. Firesail

    Firesail Active Member

    OK Dave! Beautiful balls.;) Now, what is your source? I want one in black with the shift pattern in white.
     
  20. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    The ball is not the issue at this time.
    Yes, you will be able to order the ball in any color configuration.

    The next step is the adapter under the ball.
    This one is only the prototype that I made.
    I had to wait until now to make sure that everything fits perfect.

    Hopefully I will be turning this part over to the shop that will be producing them this weekend.


    Dave
     
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  21. Firesail

    Firesail Active Member

    Keep us posted.:)
     

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