Alternative to shift boot retainer ring?

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Alternative to shift boot retainer ring?

Post by 18Fiatsandcounting » Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:19 pm

So I'm staring at the aluminum retainer ring that holds the shift boot onto the metal/wood plate on my '71 spider, and I'm thinking surely there must be a better way. Has anyone ever tried a large (4 inch) hose clamp with the metal band flipped so that the worm gear is on the inside of the band? Perhaps with some bending of the clamp around the edge so that it would fit around the base of the shift boot where it secures to the plate, and then tightening (opening) the band? Perhaps with an oversized band width (3/4" if that's available)?

Potential issues might be whether it would loosen over time, or the shift lever hitting against the worm gear housing (although you could probably position the clamp to avoid this).

Has anyone ever tried something like this, or is this just a goofy idea?

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Re: Alternative to shift boot retainer ring?

Post by bartigue » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:54 pm

I’d just buy a new ring. They work well enough. The issue with a hose clamp is it has no edge.
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