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-   -   Why you need a new detent plate for your 61-63 T-Bird (http://squarebirds.org/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=1951)

Dan Leavens 08-15-2007 11:42 AM

Detent Plate
Just to chime in on the detent plate. I have had one installed
from Alexander on my 58 and to say it was like black and white, would be an understatement. The secure nature of this plate not only got rid of the " waggle " on the shift lever but also I now have full confidence, it when it is in park, it is in park. This in itself prevents any slippage do to wear.
I would reccommend anyone, who is having these shift lever problems to invest, in these new detent plates from Alexander.

Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada

scumdog 10-04-2007 05:03 PM

I've got a '66, the same problem existed on it regarding slipping out of Park, from Reverse into Drive etc.

I ended up using a new cutting disc on a grinder and made notches at the suitable locations on the detent plate, it was nerve-wracking but it all panned out and now it stays in whatever gear I put it in.

However, having said that I would like to know if these 'improved' detent plates are available from Alexander or other suppliers?

Alexander 10-04-2007 09:20 PM

As far as I know, I am the only one manufacturing the '61 to '63 Thunderbird detent plate, and certainly the only one with a improved design. I sell them on this site, or you can get them from Bob's Bird House or Pat Wilson.

It will make a remarkable improvement in your gear selection. I have had many compliments on the plates. No complaints so far.

There are detent plates available for the 1964-66, but they are just reproductions. I don't make them.

Alexander 10-14-2007 10:09 AM

The cost of the '61-63 Thunderbird detent plate is now $35. It is improved.

You can see that this detent plate is much different than what was put in at the factory. You will notice the difference in the park position and shifting when you put it in you T-Bird. The car will lock into the park slot and the large added stop will prevent the lever from popping from Park to Reverse at idle.


fordraised 12-08-2010 10:41 AM

Hi all, I'm trying ot get ahold of Alexander thru PM and I'm not sure if he is available. I would like to ask him a question regarding the shipping for a detent plate. Does anyone know how I can contact him?

YellowRose 12-08-2010 03:47 PM

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

fordraised 12-08-2010 07:00 PM

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

scumdog 12-08-2010 11:48 PM

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...

YellowRose 12-08-2010 11:59 PM

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

MarkusNY 04-16-2012 09:19 AM

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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