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Old 12-21-2012, 07:57 AM
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Once it's that far apart would be a good time to R&R your shift linkage. They almost always need some attention. There may be a right up on it in the tech section. If not I could e-mail you some pics. Mike
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I just bought a 59' t-bird, I noticed the steering column is a little loose. I tried to tighten up the 2 mounting bolts and they just spin. After fighting this for a while I was able to put a wrench on the square nut above and back the bolt out. It seems someone used the wrong type thread. I was just wondering if someone new what type thread was used. It's very hard to see and a very tight area to work with. I'm not talking about the the collar clamp.
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Send Carl Heller ~ partsetal on here a Private Message (PM). He probably has the answer to your question. Carl has a lot of Squarebirds parts and great knowledge regarding them.
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I just bought a 59' t-bird, I noticed the steering column is a little loose. I tried to tighten up the 2 mounting bolts and they just spin. After fighting this for a while I was able to put a wrench on the square nut above and back the bolt out. It seems someone used the wrong type thread. I was just wondering if someone new what type thread was used. It's very hard to see and a very tight area to work with. I'm not talking about the the collar clamp.
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If you are talking about the long screws that hold the steering column to the dash they are 5/16-24, 3" with a phillips head.

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Max:
I think the 2 bolts you are talking about are behind and above the collar clamp. There are 2 round nuts that are supposed to be attached to the support bracket, but like yours, one of mine came loose and was spinning freely. I needed to secure it before I put the dash pad back in. I wish I could remember for sure the size, but I THINK they were 3/8-NC. The pic quality is not that great, but may give you an idea of what it looks like.
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I just bought a 59' t-bird, I noticed the steering column is a little loose. I tried to tighten up the 2 mounting bolts and they just spin. After fighting this for a while I was able to put a wrench on the square nut above and back the bolt out. It seems someone used the wrong type thread. I was just wondering if someone new what type thread was used. It's very hard to see and a very tight area to work with. I'm not talking about the the collar clamp.
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I need to work on my shift linkage. Is this how far I have to take it apart to fix the shift linkage?
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I have a lot more pics of my linkage and what I had to do to tighten it up. Everyone says you need to replace the detent shift plate, but that is only part of it. On the bottom of the steering column is a shift selector arm and on the top of the column is is the shift collar. If you really want to tighten up you shift selector, they probably all need to be replaced. If you decide it's too expensive, check each piece to see how much play it has and replace the parts that are the worst. I also made a small shim to go in the bottom of the column to tighten the end play so the shift selector arm is not so sloppy on the column shaft.
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Can you show us a photo of the shim you installed? I would rather not take the steering column out if I do not have to. I have replaced the detent plate and I have a new shift arm and all new bushings to install as well.
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Hey Nyles, I am interested in this as well. I replaced the arm at the bottom of the column and put in a new detent plate and my shifter still moves around quite a bit between park and low.
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If you are talking about the long screws that hold the steering column to the dash they are 5/16-24, 3" with a phillips head...
John's bolt description is correct. Here's the pic:
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