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Old 07-23-2010, 06:14 PM
 
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Re: the early 70's Cadillacs, like the 73's, I noticed that the tranny shift lever was located all the way in the "12:00" position when the lever was in "Park", and when the lever was in "drive" it was in the "2:00" position, which was the usual "park" position for every other column shift car

But when the 74's came out, it seemed that this changed when the shift levers were restyled with more of a curve and a larger knob on top

was there any reason for the 73 shifts being in the 12:00 position in park? the sheer bulk of the 500 CID engine maybe or something special about the tranny gears in relation to the shift lever?

or in keeping with the grandiose tradition, maybe Cadillac just had to be "different"(like rear footrests on the 60 Special in 1974)?
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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Man - that IS up there! And like you, rlrl, I have no idea why. Sorry folks if this picture comes out bigger than life.

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Old 07-23-2010, 09:18 PM
 
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Man, where do you come up with all these off the wall, oddball questions?
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:23 PM
 
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Man, where do you come up with all these off the wall, oddball questions?
I don't know, but I luv'em
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:26 PM
 
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Man, where do you come up with all these off the wall, oddball questions?
And I hate to break any rules, but check out my website at carlscoolcars.com

and you'll see why. I cashed in my AK teacher retirement and opened a shop in Vegas, best place for cars ever, and am having some problems keeping my head up but I did buy some sweet old stuff.


Hey, maybe that's my problem!

Not to mention I just had two lifts installed today (Challengers)
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:46 PM
 
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^ Congratulations and good luck. It looks like a really nice place
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:12 PM
 
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You know I didnt know either, but I remember that on my old 72 Cadillac and grandmas old 73 Cadillac it (gear shifter) was way up there. It was also like that on some of the Chevrolets, but cant recall what models or years. I know my 72 Chevy nor my 73 Pontiac is that high.

Here are more pics for those wanting to see what we are discussing...

1973


1972


How I yearn for another 72 Caddy.
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:56 PM
 
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Cadillac simply did this to be "different" or it was simply the best option at the time. The connecting rod from the transmission to the shifter lever is fastened together with an adjustable linkage assembly. There is no need for the way they accomplish transmission shifting, but they do it anyways!
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:58 PM
 
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You know I didnt know either, but I remember that on my old 72 Cadillac and grandmas old 73 Cadillac it (gear shifter) was way up there. It was also like that on some of the Chevrolets, but cant recall what models or years. I know my 72 Chevy nor my 73 Pontiac is that high.

Here are more pics for those wanting to see what we are discussing...

1973


1972


How I yearn for another 72 Caddy.
Nice brochure pics! Cadillac definitely had some sweet ads back then!
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Old 07-24-2010, 04:46 AM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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Also, if you look closely in a lot of TV shows and movies, you can see the shifter over the top of the dashboard as they're "driving."
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