Q: Firebird Walnut Shifter Knob for 1968
What is the correct Walnut Shift Knob for a 1968?
A: Thanks for your insight on the Walnut Shift Knobs. In addition to the numbers your shared, I found others….
984700 4spd- all 1968 (per 1968 Accsry Book)
984848 3spd- all ’66-1969
984989 M.T. 1967 Firebird
9794300 4spd- all 1969
I’ve seen photos & cars showing the 1969 Style on a 4spd ‘Bird and I’ve also known of one individual who has the ‘GTO’ Crest Knob on a 1968 4spd that he claims is how he got it from original owner. What I’d like to verify are part numbers from other year Part Books against the above numbers.
From the 1968 Full-Line Accessory Booklet:
Custom Gearshift Knob (524)
Walnut appearing…for 3 or 4 spd…
Has shift position indicated on 4 spd knob.
Has Pontiac “Vee” Crest on 3 spd knob.
Available all models… (factory/dealer)
I find it difficult to believe that the Factory and/or Marketing would have designated the “GTO” Knob for a Firebird. Certainly the Dealer would have/could have installed anything the owner wanted or, whatever they happened to have in-stock at the time. Problem is, finding actual evidence (photos) from 1968 showing the 1969 Style 4spd knob on a Firebird. Personally, I think this knob (“Pontiac Motor Division” w/pattern) is what the factory would have installed on the 4spd Firebird. But then, nothing is certain especially without sufficient evidence. I have no doubt that variations in usage occurred during 1967-1969. Perhaps the 1969 Style Knob was factory only and/or it only came out later in the 1968 model year.
Anyhow, thanks for the info and if you find other evidence, please let me know.
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