B&M’s Hammer Shifter Install on a Fox Body Mustang
Aftermarket shifters have traditionally been designed and engineered as “look at me” pieces that have not only functioned better than a stock shifter, but also looked racier. In the old days, we grabbed aftermarket shifter handles like real men and got after the smell of burning rubber, pinned butterflies, speed, and noise.
However, times have changed. These days, we like more tasteful aftermarket performance products for our Mustangs — products that blend in and work with our Mustang’s factory persona yet provide better performance. We want reliable quick-shifting performance without the drawbacks of a bulky, cumbersome aftermarket shifter.
B&M Console Hammer Shifter
B&M Racing & Performance has stepped up to the plate with its new Console Hammer shifter (Part No. 81002) for 1987-93 Mustangs, which virtually disappears into your Mustang’s console unnoticed. There’s also a Console Hammer for 1994-04 Mustangs. The Console Hammer drops right into the place of your stock Automatic Overdrive shifter in a matter of a couple of hours and goes right to work doing what you’d like it to do unnoticed except for the way it feels in your hand and the way it performs when the twist gets toasty.
The Console Hammer is a traditional ratchet style shifter and because it features a positive mechanical park/reverse lockout, it is NHRA/IHRA legal for racing.
B&M’s ratchet action shifter mechanism allows positive upshifts and downshifts without the risk of an erred shift into park or reverse. A park/reverse lockout allows you the freedom of rapid-fire shifting without risk. And when the action’sover, you can shift into park or reverse by simply lifting the lockout.
“The Console Hammer is a traditional ratchet style shifter,” Chris McCollum of B&M tells us, “and because it features a positive mechanical park/reverse lockout, it is NHRA/IHRA legal for racing.”
“We wanted to create something people wanted in a high-performance Mustang shifter — something stealthy that’s easy to install and fits in with a Mustang’s interior,” said McCollum in regards to the development of these new shifters. He added that you can expect traditional B&M quality and performance from the Hammer shifter along with a tasteful appearance where no one really knows it’s there but you.
Precision B&M Engineering
B&M has engineered the Hammer with precision components designed to work together like a Swiss watch taking all the slip and slop out of automatic shifting. What’s more, B&M thought of compatibility with your Mustang’s steering column lock and safety interlock. This means you need to make sure both are connected to each other during installation, otherwise, you’re not going anywhere.
B&M ’87-’93 Mustang Console Hammer Features
- Unique multi-positioned trigger for user comfort in various shifter positions
- Reverse lockout feature meets NHRA and IHRA requirements
- Includes lighted gear indicator & polished aluminum T-Handle
- Fits Ford AOD ’87-’93. C4 transmission requires #81020 installation kit
Also Engineered For Ford C4
Not only is the Console Hammer designed to work with the AOD and AODE, it can also be converted to work with the vintage Ford C4 Select-Shift automatic by ordering the B&M Part No. 81020 C4 conversion kit. The 81020 conversion kit includes the shifter cable, bracket, and shifter lever you’re going to need for your C4 action adventure.
Be Careful Out There
Because you want to be safe, properly support your Mustang with jack stands on all four corners and check stability. Get the car at least two-feet in the air for easy access underneath. Never work underneath your Mustang using a hydraulic jack for support, which can get you maimed or killed. Always use eye protection whenever you work on your Mustang and protect your ears from loud noise or even the steady din of shop equipment.
Installation Is Simple
Probably the toughest part of B&M Hammer shifter installation is removal of the console, because you have to disassemble the dashboard at the console and glove compartment. Though this is a pesky detail, there are tougher assignments you could have on your Mustang.