STEP 9.Before replacing the console, the stick must be removed from the shifter. Shift the shifter to the Neutral position. Remove the stick and trigger from the shifter. Remove the hitch pin that secures the trigger to the mechanism. Remove the trigger, the trigger spring and the washer on top of the spring. Remove the two screws that secure the stick to the shifter and remove the stick. See figure3.Replace the console. One of the cross bars on the console may hit the stamped part of the shifter stick. If it does, push the lower portion of the stick back to give enough clearance. Replace the six screws that secure the console to the tunnel and dashboard. Replace the cover plate over the hand brake. Reconnect any wiring in this area. Bring the two wires for the LED gear position indicator out the top of the console next to the shifter.
STEP 10.Put the black painted console top plate into the slots in the console. Do NOT put the steel spring clips onto the tabs. With the ignition off, connect the red wire of the LED indicator to the hot wire and the black wire to the ground wire that you prepared in step 8. Check that the LED is illuminated when the ignition is turned on. Put the plastic cover into the slots in the steel console top plate, do not put the spring clips on the tabs at this time. The fork on the indicator slider must be put over the brass indicator drive pin on the shifter. See figure 4. Snap the indicator window into the opening on the top of the plastic cover with the “P”forward. Shift the shifter between Neutral and Low and see that the LED moves when the shifter is moved. Sitting in the driver’s seat check to see if the LED lines up with the letters on the indicator. If they do not line up, loosen the nut on the indicator drive pin and move the pin until the LED is in alignment with the letters on the window.
STEP 11.Remove the plastic cover. Lift up the steel console top plate and put four of the supplied spring clips onto the four tabs on the top plate. Replace the top plate on the console and snap the clips into the slots. Locate the wires to the LED so that they are out of the way of the mechanism. Put the other four spring clips on the four tabs on the plastic cover and snap the cover into the top plate, being sure that the slider fork fits back over the brass drive pin. Install the leather boot. Turn the boot inside out and slide it over the bottom of the stick. Put the stick backing place on top of the mechanism, re-install the two screws and tighten. Slide the trigger back through the stick, the washer, the spring and the steel trigger plate on the shifter. Reinstall the hitch pin. Pliers are the best tool for this installation. See figure3. Turn the boot right side outland snap the boot into the top plate. Install the T-Handle and jam nut. The jam nut is a round nut with two flats on it. The chamfered side goes down. Tighten the jam nut when the handle is properly oriented. Use a little Loctite on the threads to keep the handle from turning. Check the operation of the shifter, indicator and interlock.
STEP 12.Replace the remaining parts of the console and reconnect the wiring.
The B&M Mustang ConsoleHammer is a ratchet shifter. You push the stick forward for up shifts and pull it back for down shifts. The ratchet shift allows firm, positive, no-miss upshifts and downshifts. Move the knob forward or backwards as far as it will go to select the next gear.
Then let the spring return the stick to the central position. After you shift from Drive to Neutral the reverse lockout prevents the shifter from shifting any further (to prevent accidental selection of Reverse). To shift to Reverse lift the trigger up as far as it will go and then push the handle forward and release it. When you shift from Reverse into Park, the spring pushes the trigger back down.
To shift out of Park to Reverse or another gear it is necessary to lift the trigger first and then pull back on the handle. From reverse you can continue to ratchet backwards to Neutral and any of the forward gears.
Normally it is difficult to manually control the shifts of the AOD automatic transmission, since the Low gear position controls both first and second gears, and the gating of the stock shifter does not lend itself to easy control. With the B&M Mustang Console Hammer shifter this controls very easy:
Before starting move the shifter to the Low position, ratcheted all the way back.
Leave the shifter in Low to accelerate in first gear.
When it is time to shift to second gear shift the transmission to Drive and then directly back to Low. This lets the transmission shift to second gear but holds it in second. With the B&M Mustang shifter you shift from Low to Drive and back to Low by pushing the shifter handle forward and then pulling it all the way back rather than letting the spring return the handle to the center position. After you pull it back, let go of the handle so that the spring will return it to the center position.
For the second to third shift, push the handle forward to shift into Drive and let the spring center the handle.
For the third to fourth shift, push the handle forward to shift into Overdrive and let the spring center the handle.
Shifted this way the B&M Mustang Console Hammer shifter gives much better control over the AOD transmission than any other available shifter.