I had a thread a while ago looking for some information on importing a Torino from the states. I bought it and things have been great but I can't really leave anything alone. I've never really been into automatics and I'm in the process of a motor/transmission swap. It's getting a mildly built 351c and a tremec 5 speed. So far things have been slow but I'm just about at go time. I'm having a really hard time finding one of the cosmetic pieces to put in my 5 speed and retain the factory 4 speed look. I know there are a lot of talented people on here with various backgrounds and I was hoping for a few tips. My skills are ebay and google and so far I'm batting a big fat zero. If anyone has any leads on where I might find more exotic used stuff like this in the lower mainland, I'd love to find original; otherwise, does anyone have any thoughts on making one from scratch? The part itself looks diecast but I think some machining and bending on aluminum plate could also make a fairly close replacement.
These are just pictures poached from the internet but the top is the automatic floor shifter console plate that I have. The bottom picture is the 4 speed manual plate that I'm looking for. They're usually in the $500 range, if they can be found. I'm just not having that kind of luck and am getting a little impatient with ebay. The 1970-1971 Ford Torino or Cyclone plate is unique for those models but I'm pretty sure I can use the Fairlane/Torino or Cyclone plate from 1968-1971. I know this is a sportbike site and a big longshot but I thought it might be worth a try.