Hi Zippin Pippin'
Thanks for your reply about the shift knob removal. I was able to rotate the stem this morning. I wrapped a thick rubber strap around the stem, then clamped it with a vise-grip pliers. That worked perfectly, and didn't leave a scratch. The stem rotated easily, but no matter what I tried, the knob still wouldn't come off. I'm giving up on the project for now.... I bought a couple of aftermarket parts from the guy in the UK last summer, and found out the hard way that their Smarts are slightly different from ours. I noticed that his website was taken down. He must be a victim of the recession. Thanks again...Frank