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Jon:
I figure that someone replaced the passenger seat with a power unit. It is an identical clone to the drivers seat. Just need to reverse a few wires on the motors to get the switch to be correct. In the 1960 Ford shop manual, there is this statement on page 15-5. "If BOTH front seats are power operated and one seat is inoperative, the source of the trouble is between the junction block and the inoperative seat mechanism." Kind of made me wonder a bit.
Since both seat mechanisms are the same, parts are not really a problem, other than the 2 ball bearings in the track that were missing. Ebay took care of those, once I knew the size. The other part that seems really hard to find is the "ball nut" that rides back and forth on the acme threaded shaft. One is slipping a bit and I need to figure out if they can be serviced or if anyone has a replacement. One is totally different already, so I know at one time it was replaced. Has anyone ever had to replace one of these ball nuts?
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I personally have never had one that far apart.

Just had the motors refurb'ed years back...

Good luck on your restoration,
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Yessss, it WAS possible to get a 1960 Squarebird with the 4 Way Power Passenger Seat option! Look at the 1960 Optional Equipment listing and you will see it there as a new option for 1960.

http://automotivemileposts.com/tbird...equipment.html

As for that "ball nut" you need, send Carl Heller ~ partsetal a PM. He has a lot of Squarebird parts and I would be surprised if he could not come up with what you need!
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Thanks Ray for the link. So my passenger p/s could be factory. Not sure how I would ever know, maybe the VIN. The wiring from driver to pass. seat almost looks factory, but there are a few other things that make me suspicious of it being added later. Oh well, I got it, and it works. ;-)

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Hi Nyles, there are several options here. One is that the car was special ordered from the factory with the power passenger seat. The other is that it was added at the car dealership when it was bought, at the buyers request. Or that it might have been added by a previous owner sometime after it was bought. If you have the Build/Rot Sheet, it might have an indication on it that it has the 4 Way Power Passenger Seat installed. If you are one of the lucky ones who has found their sheet, see what it says. The VIN # would not tell you anything about it, but the Build/Rot Sheet should have an annotation on it if that power seat was installed at the factory.
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Can anyone else confirm an original factory installed power passanger seat in a 1958-60 T-Bird??

I've seen this topic brought up before years ago, either on this site or in the VTCI Scoop. It ended with this being a modification by an owner after production....

Curious now,
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Check out this '60 convertible. Although we'll never know if it's original it does have one. The fact that it's fully optioned leads me to believe that it's original.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1960-...item2ec9e67acf

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Jon, check out my post below. Automotive Mile Posts says that the 4 way Passenger Power Seat was an option for the 1960 Tbird.
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Check out this '60 convertible. Although we'll never know if it's original it does have one. The fact that it's fully optioned leads me to believe that it's original.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1960-...item2ec9e67acf

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She does have a lot of options, no dual outside or spotlight mirrors??

Looks odd with the entire undercarraige painted red, and why order a convertible with ful black leather interior??
I bet those seats would burn many a "bun" with the top down on a nice sunny day!! LOL!!!

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I bet those seats would burn many a "bun" with the top down on a nice sunny day!! LOL!!!

-Jon in TX.
I can testify to that. I had a '60 convertible with black leather. Never again!!

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