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bcomo
12-15-2008, 07:39 PM
I see two kinds of Ignition Switches on E-Bay for a 60 T-Bird.

One type has all of the posts threaded on the back for all connections.

The other kind has a threaded center post, and blade contacts for the other connections.

Which one is correct?

Thanks

FeFranco
12-16-2008, 06:54 PM
I recall blade contacts for my ignition switch. Any pics would help.

bcomo
12-16-2008, 07:07 PM
OK --

Here is one with blades:

http://images.marketworks.com/hi/56/55676/sw583_ignitionswitch.jpg


Here is one with screw posts:

http://thomasjsestakautoparts.com/B5A11572.jpg

FeFranco
12-16-2008, 07:11 PM
Wait a minute, I was thinking light switch for some reason. My ignition switch has posts! sorry

bcomo
12-16-2008, 07:26 PM
So it has the screw posts, like the bottom one?

FeFranco
12-16-2008, 07:35 PM
Yes http://www.tbirdhq.com/center.htms, all posts no blades. I believe they are $20 at tbird headquarters if you need a comparable source.

bcomo
12-16-2008, 08:07 PM
Yes, I see them there. Thanks.

Daleo56
06-08-2015, 10:50 AM
I am reviving this old thread to try and get an answer. I purchased a new ignition switch yesterday from a local parts store and it it the one without the screw posts. If this was an alternate version how were the ends of the wires from the harness connected? Was this a mid-year change, different harness or?

US584
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/smp-us584
http://static.summitracing.com/global/images/prod/large/SMP-US584_BV.jpg

jopizz
06-08-2015, 10:56 AM
You have the wrong switch. That is for a later model Thunderbird. The correct switches are readily available. Here's the correct switch from NAPA with and without the lock cylinder. Use the part number and not the make/model of car.
http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/CatalogItemDetail.aspx/Ignition-Switch-w-Lock-Cylinder/_/R-ECHKS6308_0169696876

http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/CatalogItemDetail.aspx/Ignition-Starter-Switch/_/R-ECHKS6381_0180979343

John

Daleo56
06-08-2015, 11:28 AM
You have the wrong switch. That is for a later model Thunderbird. The correct switches are readily available. Here's the correct switch from NAPA with and without the lock cylinder. Use the part number and not the make/model of car.
http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/CatalogItemDetail.aspx/Ignition-Switch-w-Lock-Cylinder/_/R-ECHKS6308_0169696876

http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/CatalogItemDetail.aspx/Ignition-Starter-Switch/_/R-ECHKS6381_0180979343

John

Thank you for confirming. I thought there had been some changes but with all of the parts places incorrectly listing the switch I thought it would help to document it for future searches!

My 1960 Thunderbird ignition switch version is the correct one :D

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7376/16368202862_a7d89ea5fd_c.jpg

jopizz
06-08-2015, 11:35 AM
For some reason most parts places list the wrong switch for 1960. If you put in 1959 then the correct switch comes up. If your switch is good then I would keep it. Most new switches are a piece of junk.

John

simplyconnected
06-08-2015, 11:57 AM
John is right. B5A-11572-A was used on all Thunderbirds from 1955 thru 1960. Then things changed.
Again, think of the guy on the assembly line. All jobs must be done right but FAST. To accomplish this, Ford used plug-in connections on ALL electrical components including the Key Sw. and the Headlight Sw.

Think about it... no more crossed, missing, or loose connections.

I see a new B5A-11572-A switch on rockauto.com for $16.60 s/h (don't forget the 5% discount). Use your old tumbler and key. - Dave

Daleo56
06-08-2015, 12:11 PM
I agree with you both. The cheap repop switch on the car when I got it is loose and the ACC always hot. I hate the ignition posts as it makes it messy with all of the wires coming off like an octopus. Some of the wiring stuff Ford did on these 58-60s was very strange.

I had ordered a new switch from Larry's with a group of other parts and see the price difference now.
http://www.larrystbird.com/product/ignition-switch-5860/

It took a while of searching to find this thread so hopefully with the new links and updates will save any future seachers some time, avoid confusion and save some money :D

jopizz
06-08-2015, 12:50 PM
For some reason the posts on some of the new switches are in a different location. I made the mistake once of copying the locations from an original switch and couldn't figure out why things didn't work. When I actually looked at the posts and letters I realized they were in different places.

John