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Hello! I am a first time Thunderbird owner and so happy to have found this wonderful forum. The knowledge here is sure to be very helpful. I have an Indian Turquoise 1959 hardtop. My name is Kirsten.

I've checked the site but couldn't find an answer to this next question.

Instead of twisting the wiper knob/switch, I pulled on it and the knob came off. Does anyone know how to get this back on? When I try to push it back it doesn't really connect with the metal shaft in a functional way. It just hangs there loosely and doesn't catch when I twist.

Any help appreciated!
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Hello! I am a first time Thunderbird owner and so happy to have found this wonderful forum. The knowledge here is sure to be very helpful. I have an Indian Turquoise 1959 hardtop. My name is Kirsten.

I've checked the site but couldn't find an answer to this next question.

Instead of twisting the wiper knob/switch, I pulled on it and the knob came off. Does anyone know how to get this back on? When I try to push it back it doesn't really connect with the metal shaft in a functional way. It just hangs there loosely and doesn't catch when I twist.

Any help appreciated!
If memory serves me correct, there should be a small allen screw towards the end of the knob and a flat spot on the shaft .

Welcome to the site btw.
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:53 AM
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Hi Kirsten, and welcome to the Squarebirds Forum! You own the very '59 Tbird in Indian Turquoise that I was looking for back in 2007 when I was searching for one in that color. Unfortunately, I found one to late, after I had already bought Rose...

Like Martin, I also recall that if you unscrew that screw in the knob slightly with an Allen wrench, and turn the knob so it slides onto the flat part of the shaft, then tighten the Allen screw you should be set. However... do NOT push the knob snuggly against the instrument panel, as I recall, as that will cause problems with the wiper switch working properly.

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Thanks for the advice! I didn't even notice the screw in the knob. I was surprised how easily it pulled away from the dash.

I will give it a try and see how it goes!

I'll send you photos too! What email address?
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Here's your wiper knob attaching screw.
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Thanks!! I'm going to see if I can finagle this back on with Alan key.
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As posted many years ago on here...

"I am sure i posted something like, dont put the old white knob on the wiper shaft, snug up to the chrome bezel or you will not be able to turn it. You see its a two speed setting , as you turn the knob to the right the shaft needs to go in then out, like on a groove. So if you put the white knob too far close to the chrome dash bezel the knob will not turn/move." Kev...
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I was able to successfully put back on thanks for the help! The advice to not sit the knob flush was very key! Wouldn't have been ok without knowing.
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