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Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: Noel Felty ()
Date: January 27, 2015 06:27PM

Don't know if this image will post since the pictures seem to be jacked on CC. The image,if shows,is of an original Fitch Sprint shift knob. This, sadly is the only remainder of the Fitch upgrades done to my Corsa in the 60's. I have combined forces with a jewelry maker who said she should is up to challenge of restoring and or duplicating the foil on the knob. I will update on how this turns out.

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 27, 2015 06:56PM

Just hit "preview" when you link a pic... it will show if good..


"Attach a file..." would not..





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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: ral1963 ()
Date: January 27, 2015 07:16PM

Here are some shots I have in my collection if they will help your jeweler..











Rick Loving
Corvair historian & chronicler of useless facts
CORSA
Performance Corvair Group
Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts

corvair sprint
RAL1963@COMCAST.NET
Just south of Chicago IL

Current Rides
63 Sprint Vert 140/4sp

Past Rides
66 Turbo Coupe 180/4sp
60 700 Sedan 80hp PG
63 Monza Vert 102hp 4 spd
63 Monza Coupe 140hp 4 spd
63 700 Sedan 80hp 3 spd
64 Monza Vert 110hp 4 spd
64 Monza Coupe 95hp 3 spd
64 Monza Sedan 110hp PG
65 500 Coupe 95hp 4 spd
65 Monza Coupe 110hp PG
65 Corsa Coupe 140hp 4 spd
68 Monza Vert 140hp 3 spd



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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Date: January 27, 2015 07:21PM

I would be interested in an inset for my shift knob if this turns out sucessfully.

Would love to have a dual Fitch Wheel and Knob for my Corvair!




Dan Davis - Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ 65 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn (my current driver!!)
~ 1964 Monza 'Vert ~ 65 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black int ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4
1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: Noel Felty ()
Date: January 27, 2015 07:22PM

Thanks Rick! They are very hard to find good images of and these will help for sure!

Noel Felty
Brevard, NC
1966 Corsa 140 Before

1966 Corsa After

1972 Ford f100

Corsa SC
NC Mountain Corvairs

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Date: January 27, 2015 07:26PM

Looks like embossed aluminum.
Might be pretty "easy" to make some after the two embossing dies are made.
Wonder where the originals went?
Gotta love John Fitch's passion for the humble Corvair. He was a big part of the enthusiasts interest in the Monza after his Sprint conversions were publicized in the Car Nut press.


Dan Davis - Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ 65 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn (my current driver!!)
~ 1964 Monza 'Vert ~ 65 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black int ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4
1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: Noel Felty ()
Date: January 28, 2015 03:01AM

Kim (the jewelry master) has agreed to help on others if she is successful with mine.

Noel Felty
Brevard, NC
1966 Corsa 140 Before

1966 Corsa After

1972 Ford f100

Corsa SC
NC Mountain Corvairs

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: Noel Felty ()
Date: January 28, 2015 03:01AM

Kim (the jewelry master) has agreed to help on others if she is successful with mine.

Noel Felty
Brevard, NC
1966 Corsa 140 Before

1966 Corsa After

1972 Ford f100

Corsa SC
NC Mountain Corvairs

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: ral1963 ()
Date: January 28, 2015 06:15AM

There was also a clear lens that sat in the recess of the knob, just over the embossed emblem to protect it. Unfortunately the glue used seemed to be very poor and either brittle with age or heat quickly. I have never seen as used knob with the lens and realized it when I saw pictures of a NOS knob.

I planned on having a either a local glass shop try and cut me the correct sized circle or just do it with either plexi or lexan.

Rick Loving
Corvair historian & chronicler of useless facts
CORSA
Performance Corvair Group
Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts

corvair sprint
RAL1963@COMCAST.NET
Just south of Chicago IL

Current Rides
63 Sprint Vert 140/4sp

Past Rides
66 Turbo Coupe 180/4sp
60 700 Sedan 80hp PG
63 Monza Vert 102hp 4 spd
63 Monza Coupe 140hp 4 spd
63 700 Sedan 80hp 3 spd
64 Monza Vert 110hp 4 spd
64 Monza Coupe 95hp 3 spd
64 Monza Sedan 110hp PG
65 500 Coupe 95hp 4 spd
65 Monza Coupe 110hp PG
65 Corsa Coupe 140hp 4 spd
68 Monza Vert 140hp 3 spd

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: corvairtherapy ()
Date: January 28, 2015 02:19PM

should be able to find a watch crystal in the correct size.

Dave.. .
(Sherry Tobins uncle) GGGGGGGG

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: corvairtherapy ()
Date: January 28, 2015 02:20PM

Whoops, the above is for Rick.
Sorry.

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: ral1963 ()
Date: January 29, 2015 08:32AM

I haven't progressed very far on finding a "lens" but probably need to and I could assist Noel with one.

I'll have to make "blank" out of plastic for size and depth fit, then check out sources of similar size in "glass" either custom cut or sourced from old watches...

Rick Loving
Corvair historian & chronicler of useless facts
CORSA
Performance Corvair Group
Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts

corvair sprint
RAL1963@COMCAST.NET
Just south of Chicago IL

Current Rides
63 Sprint Vert 140/4sp

Past Rides
66 Turbo Coupe 180/4sp
60 700 Sedan 80hp PG
63 Monza Vert 102hp 4 spd
63 Monza Coupe 140hp 4 spd
63 700 Sedan 80hp 3 spd
64 Monza Vert 110hp 4 spd
64 Monza Coupe 95hp 3 spd
64 Monza Sedan 110hp PG
65 500 Coupe 95hp 4 spd
65 Monza Coupe 110hp PG
65 Corsa Coupe 140hp 4 spd
68 Monza Vert 140hp 3 spd

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: Noel Felty ()
Date: May 17, 2017 06:28AM

Just an update. The first prototype for these will be finished soon. Does anyone know what type of wood was used for the actual shift knob? If this goes well we are gonna turn a few new knobs on a lathe.

Noel Felty
Brevard, NC
1966 Corsa 140 Before

1966 Corsa After

1972 Ford f100

Corsa SC
NC Mountain Corvairs

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: texas yenko dude ()
Date: May 17, 2017 06:44AM

A lot of aftermarket knobs back then were walnut or mahogany. Mostly walnut.

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: ral1963 ()
Date: May 17, 2017 06:55AM

The original ad description describe the Wood wheel and Shift knob to be "Rosewood"...of course no description of the stain used...

Wiki Description.. ROSEWOOD: Very hard and has a dark reddish brown color. It is fragrant and close grained. It is hard to work and takes high polish. Used in musical instruments, piano cases, tool handles, art projects, veneers and furniture.

Rick Loving
Corvair historian & chronicler of useless facts
CORSA
Performance Corvair Group
Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts

corvair sprint
RAL1963@COMCAST.NET
Just south of Chicago IL

Current Rides
63 Sprint Vert 140/4sp

Past Rides
66 Turbo Coupe 180/4sp
60 700 Sedan 80hp PG
63 Monza Vert 102hp 4 spd
63 Monza Coupe 140hp 4 spd
63 700 Sedan 80hp 3 spd
64 Monza Vert 110hp 4 spd
64 Monza Coupe 95hp 3 spd
64 Monza Sedan 110hp PG
65 500 Coupe 95hp 4 spd
65 Monza Coupe 110hp PG
65 Corsa Coupe 140hp 4 spd
68 Monza Vert 140hp 3 spd



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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: ral1963 ()
Date: May 17, 2017 06:59AM

Walnut would appear to be a very close grain match...and then just stained to get appearance correct.

Rick Loving
Corvair historian & chronicler of useless facts
CORSA
Performance Corvair Group
Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts

corvair sprint
RAL1963@COMCAST.NET
Just south of Chicago IL

Current Rides
63 Sprint Vert 140/4sp

Past Rides
66 Turbo Coupe 180/4sp
60 700 Sedan 80hp PG
63 Monza Vert 102hp 4 spd
63 Monza Coupe 140hp 4 spd
63 700 Sedan 80hp 3 spd
64 Monza Vert 110hp 4 spd
64 Monza Coupe 95hp 3 spd
64 Monza Sedan 110hp PG
65 500 Coupe 95hp 4 spd
65 Monza Coupe 110hp PG
65 Corsa Coupe 140hp 4 spd
68 Monza Vert 140hp 3 spd

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: bbakerga ()
Date: May 17, 2017 07:22AM

Those knobs look like rosewood to me for sure.

Regarding the "lens", I would consider a clear adhesive dome. They are inexpensive, and available in lots of sizes. Here is one example:

Joann Fabric/crafts Clear dome

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: vwbusman66 ()
Date: May 17, 2017 08:43AM

I'd buy one if they aren't too expensive.

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Kingsville, MD (21087)
1966 Monza Convertible-- originally 110/3 speed now SMOG 110/3 speed

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Re: Restoring an Original Fitch Shift Knob
Posted by: bbakerga ()
Date: May 17, 2017 09:20AM

You know, the dies for forming the checkerboard and letters could be 3-d printed and would make reproducing that aluminum piece pretty easy.

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