View Full Version : Convertible top latch

02-23-2017, 08:09 PM
On a 65 conv. Can I purchase the spring in the top latch or must I get a new latch assy. Also This car has the 390 in it. If I wanted to remove transmission. is it possible to remove trans and not engine. Or is it easier to remove engine and trans together

02-23-2017, 08:36 PM
I don't think the spring is available but I wouldn't buy a new latch just for the spring. You can probably go to a home center store and get a spring that will do the job. The spring doesn't do much except keep the handle up when the top is unlatched.

Yes, you can remove the transmission by itself.


02-23-2017, 08:54 PM
Without going into full detail the transmission can be removed by first unbolting the driveshaft at the rear end then sliding it backwards out of the transmission tailshaft. Unbolt the front bellhousing at the engine. Disconnect linkages, speedo cable. Support the transmission with a jack then remove its cross member.

02-23-2017, 09:45 PM
We have a new source for Tbird convertible parts that I just recently added to the Advertisements Forum. Go to it and look up Hydro-E-Lectric Convertible Parts... I did not see the part listed but call them and tell them what you need and ask them. As I recall, they sell the top latch, so they might also have the spring. Ask to speak to Erika, the owner and also tell her you are a member of Squarebirds.org. They give us a 10% discount! BTW, I think I mentioned this before, but I used to live in Camp Hill, PA as a teenager. I joined the Air Force from there, and went to Sampson AFB (long closed now) for Basic Training, on the 5 Finger Lakes in NY, in the dead of Winter! I thought I was gonna freeze to death!

02-23-2017, 10:32 PM
Yep you mentioned that you lived in camp hill before but thanks again. Thanks for all the reply's I'm on several other forums. This is the only one that gets quick responses very helpful people I appreciate it Great forum