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Old 03-08-2006, 06:38 PM
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Since many of you are going to be taking off the steering wheel to repair your sloppy shift linkage, I was thinking a bout making another piece that is not available. The shift flange (B8S 3511) is a chrome plated piece and is usually pitted. This is difficult to re-plate since it has a bearing inside. It is not being reproduced. I was thinking of making a shiny metal sleeve to fit over this piece to make it seem re-chromed. It would be cost less than a full reproduction or re-chroming the piece, plus you would not need to disassemble the whole steering column. You would just need to remove the steering wheel.

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Old 03-08-2006, 11:42 PM
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Sure i would be interested of course based on cost.. do there wear out??
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Old 03-09-2006, 07:51 AM
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The bearing inside the flange may wear out if it it not greased. Other than that, it should last indefinitely.

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It's hard to tell from the manual picture which part you're talking about. Is it possible that you could show a clearer picture? I want to know what it is to know if I want to replace it!

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Old 03-09-2006, 02:03 PM
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It is the chrome-plated piece between the steering wheel and the shift collar. It is usaully pitted after 46+ years.

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Alexander:

Where do you get the great parts drawings you post? They are very helpful. Are they available in some sort of book form or CD?
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They are from the Blue 1949-1959 Ford parts book. These were last printed in 1964. They are now out of print. Expect to pay $125 to $150 for one.

There is good news though. You can get the shop manual on CD. It includes the parts manual. http://americanautomanuals.com

The Thunderbird vendors also sell a condensed version of the parts book that only includes the diagrams for the 1958-60 Thunderbirds. Some of the Thunderbird vendor catalogs also use some of these diagrams.

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Now I know what you're talking about. If the price is right, I'd be interested.

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