Seriously? This is only the second time this car has left me stranded in ten years. The part cost was $75 and I fixed it in the parking lot in 20 minutes. No tow. No four figure repair bill.
However, I did start looking at the WEVO or Rennshift options. Not for me. Both use the 915 housing and change the stock appearance. Yes, I would get more precise shifting with a more modern feel but damn it I like the bus lever slop and feel of the stock shifter. I accept that my car is 43-years-old and love it for that very reason. Just not really interested in all these hi-tech re-engineered after market parts for these vintage cars. I don’t want my car to be classic on the outside and modern on the underside. Maybe that’s just me and maybe I’m a bit “off”. Ironically, today my buddy Steve from work handed me a 915 shifter. He keeps Porsche parts in his office. So maybe it’s a sign I should buy the WEVO shifter. Plus, Hayden, the brainchild and owner of WEVO, is here in the Bay Area and I like supporting local businesses. That and my lovely wife has already offered to buy it for me for my birthday.
Anyway – check out how the metal fatigued on old lever base. If you have any insight as to how it happened then please comment. All bushings replaced (shift lever, tunnel and coupler) as well as the guide plate before install.
Need to thank Jim from EASY for sending me a very nice condition shifter. These are hard to find and I suspect he pulled it from his secret stash.