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Old 06-09-2011, 06:38 AM
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Found this on the floor of my convertible. Does anybody know the exact name for it. Can not find it in any catalog listing by any store.
It seems to be sheared of a long time ago and that's why my roof 'hangs' at the moment. Trying to open and close the roof by hand it slipped out of place and almost cut my fingers off when I was holding the frame at the wrong place.

What size is the thread on this bolt and how long is the thread supposed to be. I can drill it and tap it and put a new threaded rod in. The remaining piece in the from I can possibly get out with the EZ outs I have.
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:47 AM
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I'm pretty sure they aren't being reproduced. It doesn't have threads. It's got a groove in it and is held in place by a pin. You should be able to see the small hole where the pin is inserted in the frame.
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Thanks for posting the pix, Ronald! Also the one of you! It is always great to see what our fellow members look like. I have a lot of respect for the work you are doing with your Tbird. Like many outside the US, you have to contend with so much more than what we do. Getting parts is difficult and expensive when you figure in the shipping cost, for sure. There is also something to be said about people with these old Tbirds in far away places like you are, where the weather is severe, whether cold or hot. Keep going! You are doing great!
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Thanks John and Ray for the nice comments.
Found something at Mac's website, have a look.
the website say's until mid 1956 but the hinge pin's llok very familiar.
http://macsautoparts.com/thunderbird...0R3CHL1115340/

see what you think,
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It's probably best to call them and give them the measurements and see if any of them match. The kit says polished but I know the one that broke is chrome plated.
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yes but first I have to get the rest out, got to the back side of it, just a small hole there but no pin, felt the side part of the cast aluminum frame and there is one hole too but not on the opposite side, got to figure out how the pin is in there or how to get it out. The other side whet the chrome pin is still intact is the same way with the holes.
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According to the diagram I have the pins go in from the top of the rail on the back side. It's been awhile since I took one out but I have done it.
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Can you get the other side out?

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I' ve got to go to work today, so it will have to wait till after the weekend. 3 days heatwave now with temp's around a 100F. Because of a sun flame? Nothing more fun then to get out of a smelly condemned building and out in the sunshine to work on the car, should have done that last year than the car would be ready now.
If I do get the other part out, rather when because it has to come out I will try to drill and tap into the pin and see if I get a threaded rod in and drill in there another hole for a pin, got nothing to lose. if it doesn't work I can always look for another one.
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found it and fixed it, first looked in the parts manual(should have done that first) quite a search but at least I could see the type of cotter pin, just did not show how and where it was inserted.
next brought the roof back up and then it became much easier to find the 2 opposite holes, got the got the pin and the rest out. drilled a hole in the broken piece and tap some thread into it. Small steel bolt with some locktite and kept enough space for the cotterpin to pass by. Put it all back together and working.
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