: need a good aftermarket shift knob for the '73



steck
04-22-11, 05:26 PM
for such a massive vehicle, i was kinda surprised on how little and unsubstantial the shift knob is on this car...

can anyone recommend a good screw on replacement..one with some weight and good looks to it ?

mazooma72
04-23-11, 12:47 PM
Hey Steck, I thought the same thing when I bought my 72.
Ended up finding a Peterbilt trailer brake handle on Ebay.
Its chrome. about 3 inches long with a red jewel set in the end
which matches the Caddy interior and looks cool custom.
The bad news is the original knob is not screwed but pressed on
and I had a hell of a time getting it off. Worth it though.

intragration
04-23-11, 03:30 PM
You mean the shift knob that operates the automatic transmission, the one that you move once when you start the car, and once when you park the car? How about a chrome plated life-sized skull? If that was too light, you could fill it with some plaster.

steck
04-25-11, 06:24 PM
Hey Steck, I thought the same thing when I bought my 72.
Ended up finding a Peterbilt trailer brake handle on Ebay.
Its chrome. about 3 inches long with a red jewel set in the end
which matches the Caddy interior and looks cool custom.
The bad news is the original knob is not screwed but pressed on
and I had a hell of a time getting it off. Worth it though.


that sounds awesome ! pics ? so the stem isnt threaded to accept a different knob ? how did you attach the pete handle ?

mazooma72
05-12-11, 06:41 AM
Hey Steck, I attached the knob using an epoxy two part putty sold in
Australia under the Sellys brand name. Once you get the original knob
off the shifter you are left with the end of the shaft which is about 1/4 diameter.
The knob I got was from a seller on ebay called truxmart and the item was a 3" trailer brake handle for Peterbilt or Kenworth with a jeweled end. The jewel comes in different colors so you can match it to your interior. Fill the opening on the new knob with some epoxy and "stick" it on. I will take a pic tmrw and post.