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Old 02-21-2010, 09:46 PM
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Default Installing a new detent plate

I own a 62 convertible do they give instructions on how to install this item in my car. From 1-5 five being the most difficult. I have pulled my stering wheel off before. Thank You Larry
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:12 AM
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Default Installing a new detent plate

Hi Larry,

There are some instructions on the Forum for replacing the detent plate in a Bulletbird. They can be found here.

There are also detailed instructions for doing so in a Squarebird. These instructions might also be helpful to you in replacing the detent plate in the Bulletbird. You will find those instructions here.

If you need a new detent plate, Marianne Sosiak has ALL the detent plates for the various cars listed on the Home Page. Click on the link to the 1961-1963 Bulletbirds detent plate. It will take you to that link above, and at the bottom of it, you should see where you can order a new detent plate from her and how to go about it.

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Old 02-22-2010, 08:27 PM
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Hi Larry,

long time no you have been well?

I replaced my detent last year using the Sosiak model - went smoothly however be aware the instructions you see are not 100% complete for our 62' models.

To get the chrome collar off, DO NOT try and lever it as you will break it. I had to remove the clamp near the steering box thus the steering shaft slipped right out and that enabled the collar to come off...after removing those 2 pesky bolts!!

Once I got there it was as per the instructions, quite simple, just take it slowly and take some photo's to be sure!

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