How to install gear shift boot

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by Jalbao, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. Jalbao

    Jalbao

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    The gear shift boot on my '72 FJ40 has detached from the floor. It appears to me that the boot was glued on to the floor originally (by the previous owner) - see attached pic.

    It doesn't seem right to me to simply re-glue the boot to the floor - which leads me to think whether or not I'm missing a part of the boot.. I don't know.

    What is the proper way to install the boot?
    fj40-gear-shift.jpg
  2. Source3

    Source3 SILVER Star

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    Buy a new one. The boot should have a grove at the bottom where the tunnel sheet metal slides into.
  3. JohnnyC

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    Peal away the silicone and see how the rubber is ... See if it's ripped ... Po just my havenot know to install the right way

    Could be the rubber is stiff and pulls the boot out ... In that case you can soften the rubber
  4. I could not find an oem boot for mine and found a cv axle boot that fit perfectly with the bottom grove.
  5. fj40green

    fj40green

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    Not sure if you still want an OEM shift lever boot but toyotapartseast.com has them listed for about $10. Part # 33555.
  6. Kayaker

    Kayaker SILVER Star

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    If you order that boot, make sure it's the outer boot and not the inner one, though it looks like your inner boot is also missing. The small inner boot is still available but the outer one hasn't been for quite a while. I'd be surprised, actually delighted, to find they actually had the outer boot.
  7. DacotasFJ40

    DacotasFJ40

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    Outer Boot

    I looked up the parts at toyota parts....

    The boot part numbers are

    1973 and before - Three speed Tranny - **555-55010
    1973 and later - 4 speed Tranny - **555-55011
  8. Jalbao

    Jalbao

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    Thanks for that info.

    To clarify any potential future confusion:

    33555 is the PNC
    555-55010 is the Part Number
  9. Jalbao

    Jalbao

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    Thanks for the heads-up - I didn't realize that there's an inner boot that goes along with the gearshift. Is there an inner boot that goes with the transfer case shifter?

    Can you send me any pics and/or links so I can see what you're referring to?
  10. 1973Guppie

    1973Guppie SILVER Star

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    I believe the stock outer boot just sits on there, no screws or anything. I also believe it is now unobtanium. I might be wrong though. I found an aftermarket one that can be screwed down with simple self tapping screws. HTH, Noah
  11. Kayaker

    Kayaker SILVER Star

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    Sorry for the really long delay but perhaps this will help future Cruiserheads that are having the same problem. Here are photos of the inner and outer boot on my 72 FJ40. The problem of the outer boot lifting off the floor is common (second photo). The boot apparently contracts as it ages and no longer fills the transmission cover shifter hole. There is a narrow slit around the base of the boot about a quarter of an inch deep. Ideally, when the boot is installed in the hole, the edges of the hole slide into the slit holding the boot in place. When the boot ages, it contracts and the circumference is insufficient to keep it in place and the metal slips out of the slit in the boot (see the arrow) which then pops up allowing all that nice warm air to come into the passenger compartment.

    Since OEM outer boots are no longer available, I made a plastic rim (last photo) that fits into the slit around the base of the boot and can be screwed down to the transmission cover and make a tight seal around the shifter.
    inner boot001.jpg problem003.jpg outer boot002.jpg

  12. Kayaker

    Kayaker SILVER Star

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    So, here's my fix. I used a door knob wall shied from Ace Hardware to make the rim. Using my boot as a template, I cut the center out then using my router I cut 1/4 inch channel around the top and bottom inside edge of the door shield. The width of the plastic was determined by the size of the slit around the base of the boot. After painting the plastic rim, I installed the boot in it, added some foam insulation around the bottom of the rim, drilled out the holes for the mounting screws (counter sinking the top) and installed the rim around the shifter hole. Made for a neat installation and keeps the boot securely in place.
    parts002.jpg raw escheon004.jpg fine001.jpg
  13. Pumpkin Troopy

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  14. 1973Guppie

    1973Guppie SILVER Star

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    nice ingenuity.....
  15. Jalbao

    Jalbao

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    Thanks for that info, Kayaker.
  16. Fast Eddy

    Fast Eddy SILVER Star

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    Super clean, MacGuyver.
  17. Kayaker

    Kayaker SILVER Star

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    You're most welcome. Sorry it took me 5 months to get that photo of the inner boot!

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