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Old 03-24-2017, 08:19 AM
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When I did mine, I bought a new shift tube arm and it was
almost as loose on the shift tube and the old one. I mic'd
the flat on shift tube that arm meets up with on both
my current shift tube and another from a parts steer col.

I guess there is some chance that the edges of flats on both
tubes, wore exactly the same amount (only a couple thousands
difference), but more likely, the tube to arm looseness was
there from day one.

I dropped a small bead of weld on one edge of the
new arm and filed it down until it 'just" fit over the tube
flats. IMO, that is the only way it is going to be completely
free of play.

I should have done that on the upper end on shift tube,
to collar. I did not buy a new collar, as I thought the price
was ridiculous, but I should have built up my tube to
meet collar width. I still have 1/4-1/2 "digit" play in
the indicator and feel of the shift arm. Maybe someday
will tear it all back down.

I recommend you do whatever you have to make sure
there is ZERO play on both ends with shift tube. Even a hint
of play seems to translate quite a bit into the shifter
and indicator feel/look.
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Old 03-24-2017, 03:01 PM
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My experience with the shift tube arm was that it had a pretty tight fight. I remember one that was so tight I had to slightly open it up the ID so the shift tube would slide freely. I did have a good fit in the notch however.
Now the shift collar is another story. I felt that they took a worn shift collar and cloned it. Since the shift collar is pot metal, you can't weld on it to build up the groove, so the only other option is to put a small bead on the shift tube and carefully file it down to match.
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Old 03-31-2017, 09:28 PM
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I have a 1958.

I went through the list of parts posted, as well as Larry's website. (the list referenced a 1960).

1) The shift lever bushing for a 1958 is B7210D


2) I don't find an equivalent for a steering column upper bearing (B3517A on a 1960) Any information on what a '58 (or '59) owner uses here.

Thanks!

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The steering column upper bearing is the same from 1958-60.
http://www.macsautoparts.com/ford_th...d-1958-60.html

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thanks, John!
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You're welcome John. Glad I could help.
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With some searching, all parts EXCEPT the shift tube are available. You might be able to find a NOS shift tube, but as mentioned earlier it would have to be custom fit to the shift arm. There may be some tweeking required to get a good fit with the repro shift collar.
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I ordered a Ford parts interchangeability book and wonder if that shift tube is T-Bird only.

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