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Old 07-06-2011, 10:00 AM
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No, If I hold the shift lever up it still stays in neutral, but before I did my new detent plate I could hold it up to get it into park. I think the new detent plate is more precise. I'll check the linkage according to the manual instructions this weekend.
The old detent plate was in good shape, so I don't think the notches are rounded off, but I didn't really check it when I had it apart. The car had sat un-run for 15 years and the tranny was about 6 quarts low so who knows what shape it's in. I believe the car only has 95,000 original miles.
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:12 PM
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Hey John, what page are those linkage adjustment instructions on, I didn't see them.
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:06 AM
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It's on 4-20 of the 1959 shop manual. The photo is on 4-18.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:47 AM
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Thx John, not sure how I missed that, I think I was perusing through the photo's and went right by it.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:25 PM
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Forgot to tell you John that I adjusted the set nut and it goes into park and stays there.
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:42 AM
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The old detent plate was in good shape, so I don't think the notches are rounded off,
- Dave J.
Did you check the end of the shift-lever?

Mine was worn down and rounded, I got it built uo with some hard-face weld and re-shaped it.

I use a cutting disc to make a deeper Park notch so now it STAYS in Park.

Also deepened the Neutral notch.
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:45 AM
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No, I just replaced the detent plate cuz it was very sloppy and wouldn't stay in park. Now that it stay's in park I'm good. I plan to replace the tranny with a 4 or five on the floor so it's only temporary.
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Mathew, did you find out what was wrong with your car not staying in gear? I replaced my detent plate yesterday, and thx to the instructions from the good people here on Squarebirds it went great. However, I have the same problem as you. Before replacement I had sloppy shifting and grinding in between park, reverse, neutral, and drive. That's still the same now that I've replaced the detent except now it locks into park very nicely but it acts like it's in neutral. Weird feeling to put her in park all nice and secure, let off the brake, and she just rolls down the driveway. Good thing my park brake is tight. The other gears act like they should in proportion to the shift plate. It's just Park that doesn't "park", and sloppy feeling to reverse, neutral, and drive.
Anyone seen this before?
thx!
I had the tranny worked on by a local yokel who started working at Ford in the late 50's! That solved most of the remaining issue. Still, though, now and again it still really needs to be PURPOSEFULLY placed in PARK, sometimes a coupla times as it would like to pop into "R" (for race!).
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:08 AM
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Hey Matthew, you guys are just north of us a bit but lower in altitude. I think you are about like Albuquerque, 5200 feet? Hear in Los Alamos we're at 7000. Can you tell me what your T- bird vacuum pressure typically reads by any chance. I guess the altitude makes a difference in vacuum readings.
Also see this link to check out an old turquoise T-bird I found clost to the NM and Colorado border. https://picasaweb.google.com/1014928...K6DyoHpu5DvyQE
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any chance one of these plates are still availible? if so how much?

appearently i need one my new 60 doesnt have park i hope its because of this plate and not a trans problem i havent dug into it yet to figure it out just tryin to get some ducks in a row
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