Computerized or electronic shifting; whoever thought that that would be possible in your '60s Chevy Impala or other American classic? We saw it for ourselves when we visited with the boys at Retro Tek in Corona, California, who called us over when they were about to do their first shifter install on a classic lowrider. After seeing the instructions, we realized that this build was not too complicated and could be done by any experienced builder. We also realized that this kit is perfect to upgrade and modernize a classic car with a newer-style interior. The interior of this Impala was getting outfitted with digital gauges from Dakota Digital and a modern-day sound system, so this shift kit really complemented the theme of the interior. One of the things to make sure of before jumping into this type of project is to verify that you have good grounds before you start. Also make sure that you have a constant 12-volt source that you can use to power up the system. You should use a meter to verify constant power, and never use the HEI or distributor wire as they usually have resistors and the current drops to about 8 volts of power. Make sure that your battery is fully charged before starting, as it's important to have the right current when setting up your system. Ken and the crew at Retro Tek showed us how you can install this bolt-on kit in a few hours. They've designed a kit that's almost turn-key for the average enthusiast installer. Now follow along as they show us how to install this shift kit in this classic ride. This kit should be all you need to get your transmission to shift like a modern day vehicle.This kit should be all you need to get your transmission to shift like a modern day vehicl To start off, the stock linkage was removed from the 350 transmission that was being used on this Impala.To start off, the stock linkage was removed from the 350 transmission that was being used The factory floor shifter was removed to allow the console to have a smooth new look. For this tech article, the boys at Retro Tek decided to upgrade the kit with a paddle shifter, like the kind that you would find in today's luxury sport cars.For this tech article, the boys at Retro Tek decided to upgrade the kit with a paddle shif Here you can see that the factory shifter that had already been modified to operate the newer 350 transmissionHere you can see that the factory shifter that had already been modified to operate the ne Here's a look at both of the brackets so you can see the difference that was created in order to make it fit on the X-frame.Here's a look at both of the brackets so you can see the difference that was created in or This 0.5-inch spacer that was provided allows the shifter to shift without having it binding from misalignment.This 0.5-inch spacer that was provided allows the shifter to shift without having it bindi The tie-down bolt was test fitted on the electronic shifter actuator. 1 | 2 | » | View Full Article By Saul Vargas Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!