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Hey Everyone.

Im working on making a custom shift knob for my ´97 Escort. I have started working on it, but Im not quite sure of one fact. What is the exact tap size I need for the threads on the stock shift lever? I tried to match it with a 9mm-1.25 tap, but the 9mm seemed too small, and 10mm is too big.

Is it a SAE thread and I am just not thinking properly here? Any help is much appreciated.

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Yeah, I just need to know what tap size to use is all. I dont have access to a thread gage anymore, so I cant remeasure it. I thought it was metric at one point, but now Im not so sure. A slip fit just wont do for what I need, as Im making the knob myself.

thanks for the help.

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:-D

Funny you should ask. Im actually working on making it out of an old beer tap handle that I have. Its an old genesee one, made from clear plastic. The base was broken so it couldnt be used for its indended purpose, so why not use it as a shift knob? The police will like to see it, Im sure.

It looks like it could be pretty sweet, because it already fits the palm of the hand pretty well. However, I already drilled and tapped it once, and that was slightly disasterous due to a size mistake. But, it works out because otherwise I would be shifting with a boat oar. So, as soon as I can figure out the tap size I need, Ill be in busisness.

Im also considering running some blue LED"s through the bottom for night driving, but I dont know yet.....

Let me know what you come up with!

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see, mine is gonna be AMAZING if it works how i plan.. its gonna be made out of this crushed velvet synthetic plastic..



my dad is big into making pens and stuff and this sh*t is beautiful!!!!!! absolutly amazing, ill let u know how it goes, i am makin a prototype out of plywood right now.
 

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28-04-2003 at 12:17, Clarkbug wrote:
Yeah, I just need to know what tap size to use is all. I dont have access to a thread gage anymore, so I cant remeasure it. I thought it was metric at one point, but now Im not so sure. A slip fit just wont do for what I need, as Im making the knob myself.

thanks for the help.

~Bug
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The two after market knobs I have slip on but they have 3 set screws that keep them in place. That might be an idea. The set screws on my momo are pointed at the end so they bite the metal better. As for the threads if you have acces to a pitch mic that will tell you the size of the thread. At least I think that is what it is called its been a year since my basic machining class.
 

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I just need to get out and get a set of metric and SAE thread gages and stuff, and a drill guide I do suppose. I just wish cars would stick with either metric or standard. GRRRRR. But I guess its just more fun to mix and match, right?

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What fun would that be, I have always liked having to switch pack and forth between metric and standard. Not to mention having to buy metric and standard tools, the hardware stores profits would go down if there was only one system.
 
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