Access to to shift lever

ward00

Daily Driver
In a separate thread I asked about shifting linkage. This post https://xwebforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/scorpion-linkage.12405/ provides photos of the ball joints that may need to be welded to firm up the linkage.

The question I have has to do with access to the shift lever to be able to inspect its bushing. Can the shift column and its bushing be accessed/removed from the bottom of the car or does one have to remove the vinyl tunnel in the passenger compartment?
Welded Linkage 2.jpg
Stock v Chads Shift Lever 2A.jpg
 
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kmead

Glutton for punishment
One removes it from the top, so the plastic interior bits have to come out.
 

ward00

Daily Driver
So far I found one broken ball joint weld and a loose nut in the linkage. Hopefully that's all I need to improve my 3rd to 2nd downshifting because I really do no want to be removing interior plastic.
 

NigelProdrive

Daily Driver
Its been awhile but IIRC its just the plastic emergency brake surround trim and an access plug to reach the bolt and/or machine screw holding the upper center tunnel upholstered section.
 

lanciahf

True Classic
On both my scorpions the shifter cup was busted. Where the stick shift goes into the ball. TMH remakes them in hard plastic.

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RJ80

True Classic
On both my scorpions the shifter cup was busted. Where the stick shift goes into the ball. TMH remakes them in hard plastic.

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What are the symptoms of a broken cup? Generally sloppy shifting?
 

lanciahf

True Classic
Ha, never had a running Scorpion to know, I always replace them during the process of getting it back on the road. I also bought the metal shifter from the Monte Consortium
 

RJ80

True Classic
For some reason, to get 5th I have to push down slightly on the lever as I would if going into reverse. Not a huge deal, but I wonder if the shift cup is involved somehow. Then again, my linkage was significantly reworked from stock by a previous owner.
 
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