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Old 01-02-2013, 07:39 PM
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Hello,

I have recently purchased a 1960 Thunderbird. You'll see below an image of the center console with missing items. At some point, someone removed the shifter from the column into the console. I am not sure why. (Maybe OverDrive Trans) However, it appears that this center console was designed for the shifter.

Any idea where I can get an ashtray, some sort of housing for the shifter, an alternate shifter (it's flush with the dashboard when in park) and something to house the aftermarket AC unit?

Thank you for all your help.

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Squarebirds never came with a console shifter so your setup is definitely home made. And not a very good job either. If you want to keep your floor shifter you'll have to fabricate something or find something that looks half decent. Maybe a shorter pistol grip shifter will work better. The heater/AC control opening was also butchered. If you want to start from scratch with another console contact Carl Heller (partsetal). He has lots of used parts. I'm sure you can do a better job than the person who carved up yours.

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Hello, Jason, perhaps Carl Heller ~ partsetal on here, will be able to help you. Carl has parts cars and might have the parts you are looking for. You can send him a Private Message (PM) and ask him also.
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You're going to have to fabricate something for that hole around the base of that shifter. No squarebirds ever left the factory with a shifter on the center console.

But do not despair.... I also have a shifter at the console. I covered up the ugly hole with a sheet of brushed 316 stainless steel (from the scrap bin at work). See the link below.

http://www.squarebirds.org/vbulletin...t=6940&page=13

"partsetal" (a member on this site) probably can get you an ashtray from one of his parts cars. They are not available as reproduction parts.
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I'll try sending Carl a message, thank you for that contact. Obviously, it isn't all that pretty. Is the process for returning the shifter to the column pretty extensive?

Would it be best to buy a new(used) center console then?

Thank you.
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Carl ~ partsetal, was on here just a few minutes ago, but I do not know if he saw your post. He is on often, though, and might be able to help you. Send him a PM and ask him what he might have in the way of ashtrays, and a replacement center console if you want to go that route and make it look original again. I gather your tranny is a manual one and not an automatic. He might be able to tell you how to put the shifter back on the column, or some of the other guys can.
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What transmission do you have?

I have a C6 trans. with a Hurst V-Matic II shifter on the console.
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Ray, my transmission is automatic but I am not familiar with the specific type of transmission it is. I sent Carl a PM, waiting to hear back. I'm sure he'll have some ideas.

Are you guys familiar with how difficult it is to move the shifter back onto the column to restore it to it's original form?
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unless you have the same transmission the car left the factory with, I have to think it will be pretty darn tricky to go back to column-shift.
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