Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Coopersville, MI
I'm going to take it you are trying to do this with an automatic.
The 63 power glide shifter bolted to the tail housing of the transmission for leverage and not the floor pan. This allowed our consoles to be relatively low profile. Now if you are making an original clone and staying with a power glide transmission you should be able to find someone selling an older style shifter on E-bay or craigslist with a little bit of patience. More cars are getting made into stick shifts or adding gears than trying to go backwards. At that point your hardest issue will be finding a power glide with the right tail shaft.
I'm guessing though that you are either installing a 3-speed or 4 speed auto. In this case the $300.00 shifter from shiftworks is your best bet. If you get lucky you may be able to get a discount by finding someone that was going your route and midstream decided a stick shift was more their tune, but the odds would be like hitting the lottery. This is the only shifter designed to purposely fit your low profile console.
The more I look the more I realize why people tend to gravitate to 64 impalas over the 63. While I wouldn't trade as I like the body style of the 63 better, the 64 was kinda the lead into the next generation of impala. It had the upgraded power steering, shifter mounting point moved to the floor of the car, and several other upgrades that continued in Impalas all the way up and through 1970.