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  • #16
    RE: New Detent Plates for 1958-1960 Thunderbirds availa

    Actually it went for $56. Obviously it is a very necessary piece.

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    • #17
      RE: New Detent Plates for 1958-1960 Thunderbirds availa

      Alexander,
      Do you still have some Detent Plates left. I would like to order one from you.
      Thanks,
      John

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      • #18
        RE: New Detent Plates for 1958-1960 Thunderbirds availa

        Yes, I have a few left. You can order through the link on the first message or on the main site.

        Alexander
        1959 Hardtop
        1960 Golde Top
        Alexander
        1959 Hard Top
        1960 Golde Top
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        • #19
          RE: New Detent Plates for 1958-1960 Thunderbirds availa

          Just found out about the new detente plates. Do you have any left? thanks. wdstanley@earthlink.net

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          • #20
            RE: New Detent Plates for 1958-1960 Thunderbirds availa

            Yes, I have some left.

            Alexander
            1959 Hardtop
            1960 Golde Top
            Alexander
            1959 Hard Top
            1960 Golde Top
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            • #21
              RE: New Detent Plate Installed today

              Installed my plate today, actually was not difficult and went smooth, Alexander's visual instructions really helped a lot..
              seems to click into place really nice, mine was not in bad shape at all being low milage but changed it anyway. Thanks
              mark

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              • #22
                RE: New Detent Plate Installed today

                I just completed the installation of the new Detent Plate in addition to repairing my horn (spring loaded push button behind steering wheel not making contact with steering wheel plate for rotational contact). It seems to be much better, but I might also need a littel adjustment on my linkage (just had trans rebuilt). It is a little hard to get into Park.

                A couple of extra hints should be added to the instructions.

                1. Bushing Removal: It has a radial slot. Place a screw driver in the slot and tap on the handle end of the screw driver with you hand so as to rotate it. It is just slid onto the steering wheel shaft. After is freed up and can rotate, place the screw driver under the lip of the bushing and pry it up a little. At this point, the bushing can be seen and deleniated from the other parts. Now just slide the bushing up the steering wheel shaft by hand until it comes off. This is not explained well enough in the instructions.

                2. The two bolts with square heads at the 11am and 5pm position: These have a purpose as I found out. When reinstalling the chrome bezel (which has the detent plate on the back), the two square heads need to go into the two square slots in the steering column tube at the 11am and 5pm position. When the chrome bezel is in place and the two bolts have the nuts run on them only about the thickness of the nuts, hold and wiggle the bolts as you tighten them so that the square bolt heads go into the slots. The bezel has stops that prevent the bolts from turning. As you tighten up the two nuts, the chrome bezel will tighten up against hemispherical shaped part of the steering column by sucking down the bezel to the steering column/square slots. The two bolts hold everything tight. If they are not secured in the two slots, everything will be loose and the shift lever will no go into the detents. And you cannot see if they are in the slots, you just have to feel it by the successful tightening of the assembly as you turn the nuts. It might be easier to have the shift lever in the large netural slot for the bezel re-installation rather than the very small slot in the detent for Park as you try to tighten and hold everything at the same time. Not hard to do knowing this additional information. This is not explained well enough in the instructions.

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                • #23
                  RE: New Detent Plate Installed today

                  Thanks for the clarifications. I will incorporate them into the instructions.

                  Alexander
                  1959 Hardtop
                  1960 Golde Top
                  Alexander
                  1959 Hard Top
                  1960 Golde Top
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                  • #24
                    RE: New Detent Plate Installed today

                    I purchased a detent plate through PayPal, but have not been contacted by the seller.'

                    Can you tell me if you have my order?

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                    • #25
                      RE: New Detent Plate Installed today

                      I sent it out on Monday. Tell me when you get it.

                      Thanks for your order.

                      Alexander
                      1959 Hardtop
                      1960 Golde Top
                      Alexander
                      1959 Hard Top
                      1960 Golde Top
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                      • #26
                        RE: New Detent Plate Installed today

                        Thanks a lot, I am anxiuos to get it as it is one of the last parts I needed for my car to be drivable

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                        • #27
                          RE: New Detent Plate Installed today

                          You should get it soon.

                          Alexander
                          1959 Hardtop
                          1960 Golde Top
                          Alexander
                          1959 Hard Top
                          1960 Golde Top
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                          • #28
                            RE: New Detent Plate Installed today

                            I haven't received the part yet. Should I be concerned? I'm not sure what shipping method was used...

                            Thanks for your help.


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                            • #29
                              RE: New Detent Plate Installed today

                              riopellerp did receive the part. He found it in his mailbox on a Sunday.

                              Alexander
                              1959 Hardtop
                              1960 Golde Top
                              Alexander
                              1959 Hard Top
                              1960 Golde Top
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                              • #30
                                RE: New Detent Plate Installed today

                                I am nearly sold out of this run of 1958-60 detent plates. I have almost one hundred satified customers. If you have not yet replaced your detent plate, now is the time to order. There might be a price increase with the next run as costs have increased for me.

                                To order go to http://www.squarebirds.org/detent_thunderbird.htm .

                                Alexander
                                1959 Hardtop
                                1960 Golde Top
                                Alexander
                                1959 Hard Top
                                1960 Golde Top
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