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    Fulvia S1 gear shift knob.

    Greetings from Oklahoma

    It seems so simple, but over the years, I've come to learn the benefit of asking questions before breaking things. I've been trying to remove the shift knob from my Fulvia S1. If I had to guess, I want to believe it's a normal, right hand threaded knob. I've tried to turn it by hand, then with a strap wrench to protect the knob, but it's either too tight, or I don't understand how it's attached. There's a company here in the US that makes custom gear shift knobs, but I need to know how this one is attached before I can order one. The company makes a four speed pattern engraved with right hand down reverse as is the design of my car. I suppose some might believe the plain gear knob is more elegant. That's probably true, until I have to let someone else drive my car - Yikes. Anyway, it's something I'd like to try. If anyone knows the thread size (if it is threaded), that would be wonderful. As always, any help at all is appreciated.

    Thanks again,

    Michael

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    Re: Fulvia S1 gear shift knob.

    I gather we are talking the "leva lunga" (the version with the long gearbox lever)? The knob is quite hard to remove, but it is screwed on, right hand thread, and with very carefull handling and patience can be unscrewed (there is a rubber "silent block" filling in the knob, be careful not to destroy that).

    I got a spare in my workshop, if my (sometimes fading) memory can remember it till when I go there today, I will try to see what the thread exactly is.
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    Re: Fulvia S1 gear shift knob.

    Good suggestion!
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    Re: Fulvia S1 gear shift knob.

    It appears to be M12, fine thread, right hand. I am not entirely sure yet, hold your horses.
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    Re: Fulvia S1 gear shift knob.

    Quote Originally Posted by Krafty View Post

    I suppose some might believe the plain gear knob is more elegant. That's probably true, until I have to let someone else drive my car - Yikes.
    They have to figure out how the ignition switch works first lol.

    I tried to unscrew mine briefly but with no luck.. Didn't want to mess anything up. Maybe take the whole lever out and get some penetrant oil in there?

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    Re: Fulvia S1 gear shift knob.

    [QUOTE=Taddraughn;75855]They have to figure out how the ignition switch works first lol.

    Isn't that the truth! Funny

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    Re: Fulvia S1 gear shift knob.

    I had the same issue with the knob on my S1.5 Sport. Days of soaking in penetrating oil had no impact but heat eventually did the trick. All manner of blackish goo leaked out during application of the heat.
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    Re: Fulvia S1 gear shift knob.

    This seems like a good example of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" - maybe your Fulvia is telling you it wants to keep it's knob . . . or find a white Sharpie and carefully draw your own shift pattern.

    -Mike

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    Re: Fulvia S1 gear shift knob.

    I can confirm it is M12, stud is 15mm long, pitch 1.5 (fine). I have two spares. One came off without much trouble, the other wouldn't bulge. Penetration oil is maybe a good idea, but it has to get across the ridge of the lever-to-M12 thread
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    Re: Fulvia S1 gear shift knob.

    Try some gentle induction heating around the knob?

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