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Why you need a new detent plate for your 61-63 T-Bird

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  • #16
    Why you need a new detent plate for your 61-63 T-Bird

    Hi Joe,

    Our Co-Founder, Alexander Sosiak, passed on at age 50 a couple of years ago due to cancer. Since then, his sister, Marianne, has taken over the Detent Plate program, retaining his email address . So she should have received that PM. However, if she does not have her settings set to receive notification of a PM on the Forum, she will not know it. I will send her an email alerting her. Here is her email address also, so that you and others who might have questions regarding Detent Plates, can contact her directly. This information is posted else where on the Forum, but you would have to dig for it.

    Marianne - 59tbird@prodigy.net

    Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
    '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
    "It's Hip To Be Square"
    Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

    Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

    http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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    • #17
      Thanks

      Thanks Ray. I sent Marianne ans e-mail, could you check your PM.

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      • #18
        Has anybody a picture of a worn detent plate they could post on here?

        Mine was so hard that I couldn't mark it with a file so I'm surprised they wear at all!

        The shift-lever end is another matter....it's lots softer and wears...
        A Thunderbirder from the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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        • #19
          Why you need a new detent plate for your 61-63 T-Bird

          This is a picture of a Squarebird detent plate that is worn. Mine. It is not entirely in focus, but you should be able to see the various worn areas on it. You can see where it was worn across the bar that goes to the parking slot. Also along the open bottom section on the left and right tips.
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          Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
          '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
          "It's Hip To Be Square"
          Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

          Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

          http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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          • #20
            Can detent plate cause starter cut-off?

            Have a 1963 T-Bird and even though the shifter is a bit "loose", it doesn't slip out of position at all. What it does do, is it is preventing the car from starting unless you hand-hold the shifter in a specific position - too far up or down, the car won't crank.

            Is a worn detent plate to blame for this? Would replacing it solve the problem? If not, is there a way I can bypass this cutoff switch on the shifter so that I don't need to hold the shifter in position to start the car?

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