Item Location: Marietta, GA USA
Posted by: Steve Shelton
Last Modified: 01/08/2020
I make wooden shift knobs for Vanagons. Most of them are spalted maple, but I also use mahogany, walnut, and other woods. I make a variety of shapes and sizes so each one is a little different. Each piece of spalted maple in particular differs markedly in its pattern and colors, making them even more unique. Each shift knob is finished in urethane varnish, sanded and polished to a high gloss.
I use steel threaded inserts in the shift knobs. There are two thread sizes on the Vanagon. Generally, from 1980 to 1983, the thread was M12 X 1.5; from 1984 to 1991, the threads were M14 X 1.5. However, some 1983 Vanagons have M14 X 1.5 threaded shift knobs. It's always better to measure the threads to make sure.
I sell the shift knobs in the Samba.com classifieds. To see each one, use this link: