No, it wouldn’t be time to install anything. You see, installing the shifter adapter onto the transmission involves a little bit of 3D calculus. There’s a small ball on the reverse arm on the shifter adapter that has to go in the slot you saw earlier. There’s also a little post on the shifter adapter that has to go in the hole on the transmission arm’s adapter block (the blue thing). To do both of those things simultaneously, the shifter adapter has to start forward and then slide backward.
But the transmission tunnel was still in the way.
At the back of the hole, you can see a square machined block attached to the shifter adapter. That, too, was going to hit the tunnel.
Time for a more more giant hole. Cue sad trombone.
And then there was cutting.
You can also see the neat, optional, Delrin shift lever that you can get from S1. Sure, that shiny aluminum shifter might look fancy, but holy hell, would it get hot in the sun in the summer. The Delrin unit is going to heat up much less, and it weighs less, too.
It even has a cute + and – machined into the top of it, but you’ll probably spend an hour trying to clock the various studs and threads that attach everything so that the + and – go in the right direction (+ should be on the bottom). I gave up, and mine is just backward. Because Damnit.