I searched for pre-built shifter mounts for my TCI Outlaw shifter. Jegs offers a fabricated mount with a clevis pin for quick removal, but they want $50 for what amounts to about $10 in material. So I dug through my scrap metal pile and found a piece of thick wall steel tube and some 3″ wide 1/8″ thick flat stock, perfect.
The first step was to figure out exactly where I wanted the shifter to sit. Once that was determined a mounting base for the shifter was next. This would be rather simple. I cut a piece of 3″ flat stock the length I needed to fit the floor location. Then I marked where I wanted the mounting bolts to hold the shifter to the base to be. Since the base sat so close to the transmission hump, using through bolts was not possible. So I decided to weld some 8mm bolts to the base and use them as studs. Making sure the bolts were long enough to allow for the thickness of the shifter mount and the carpet that will be going in.
After the mounting base was done, it was time to make the actual mount. When I drilled the locations for the studs, I also drilled what would become the bottom plate of the mount at the same time so the mounting holes would line up precisely.
The next step was to determine how tall I wanted the mount to be. This will vary entirely on the driver, the driver’s preference and even what seats are in the truck. When I built the mount I still had the stock seats, however I knew I would be replacing them with Kirkey aluminum race seats, so I made sure to position the shifter for the ideal position for those new seats.
Once I had to height set, I had to determine the angle if any I wanted the shifter to sit. Again, this is entirely preference and can be done however you like. I positioned mine with a slight tilt so when the shifter is in the drive and lower gear positions the handle is somewhat vertical. Again, totally preference here.
Next I cut the piece which would become the upper plate. This is where the shifter will bolt to. The shifter itself is about 2.5″ wide, so I had to cut down the width of the 3″ flat stock so the plate wouldn’t stick out wider than the shifter. I cut the center support tube using a cutoff wheel on my die grinder to the desired angle. Making sure to clean up the cut to ensure a solid weld. Once the angle was set, I welded the center support tube to the upper plate I had also cut.
The reason for welding the center tube to the upper piece first was to make final positioning easier. This allowed me to sit the piece on the base plate and position it before tacking it in place and finish welding it.
With the upper and lower plates welded. The only thing left to do was to drill the holes for the shifter. I should have done this before welding, but it still wasn’t hard. The plate isn’t visible and doesn’t stick out with the shifter cover installed.