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VAC-14 shift lever rubber boot

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Loren in MN

01-07-2013 20:58:53

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I need to replace the rubber boot on my shift lever of my VAC-14. The original shift knob is still in very nice condition so I don't want to damage it when replacing the boot. Now, i've seen in the salvage yards, VAC's shift levers with either screw on or pressed on shift knobs (knobs missing on the shafts). Also the pressed on shafts seem to have a knurled mounting area that wouldn't allow the knob to simply twist off. From what I can see, the shaft on my VAC-14 doesn't look threaded.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Stephen Newell

01-08-2013 05:38:06

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 Re: VAC-14 shift lever rubber boot in reply to Loren in MN, 01-07-2013 20:58:53  
I use a wooden clamp sometimes called a hand screw to unscrew stubborn bakelot knobs off.

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01-08-2013 02:40:00

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 Re: VAC-14 shift lever rubber boot in reply to Loren in MN, 01-07-2013 20:58:53  
The shift lever is threaded. Take a channel lock pliers and wrap a rag around the pristine knob, grab it with the pliers and remove. Although not original, you can get a boot from Tractor Supply or similiar store to replace boot or knob should it break. The knurled piece you see is what the knob material is attached to.

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Loren in MN

01-08-2013 09:45:55

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 Re: VAC-14 shift lever rubber boot in reply to casecollectorsc, 01-08-2013 02:40:00  
Then as I understand this, the knob has a threaded insert set inside the bakelite that is threaded to the shaft. Would explain why I've seen shift levers in bone yards -both ways.

Thanks much!

Anyone ever heat the lever/shaft below the knob?

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01-08-2013 10:20:08

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 Re: VAC-14 shift lever rubber boot in reply to Loren in MN, 01-08-2013 09:45:55  
Try a strap wrench

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