This is the only Toploader and shifter I've owned and have experience with, so sorry I can't give advice on mounting orientation. I just used the standard Comp Plus shifter for '65, and it came with the black adapter plate. The only unusual thing about my shifter is the small adapter where the shift handle mounts. I got this from David Kee so I could use a factory shift handle.
Regarding the input shaft, mine probably looks different because I cut off the pilot sleeve on the bearing retainer...had to modify it for my hydraulic throw-out bearing.
Chris, Not sure if this helps as it only shows the back part of the tranny, but here is a Toploader with original early shifter. I thought I had some others pics showing the full linkage, but could not find them. What specifically are you looking for?
Thanks for the pic. Ideally a picture of the trans out of the car with a pics of the shift rods and their routing and whether the levers are up or down. Also, a pic of the bottom of the shifter.
I would like pics of hurst and a stock shifter. I have an entire bin full of shifters and rods. Probably 25 shifters, I have collected over the years. I'm going to mock a few complete set-ups on a toploader and make them complete..
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