This plate replaces your worn 1961-1963 Thunderbird detent plate (Part number 7A216). This is for all cars from these years equipped with automatic transmissions. This will keep your automatic transmission lever more securely in park and make gear selection less vague.
The plate is made of .089" low carbon mill steel cut by CAM (computer-aided machining). It is a bolt-in replacement that fits on the shift flange ( 3511 ) as shown below.
The new detent plate replace all styles of detent plates from 1961 to 1963.
This new improved detent plate has an added stop made from a 4-40 thread, stainless-steel bolt and nut that is threaded into the detent plate and secured with cyano-acrylic glue. This is higher off the face of the plate and less likely to wear round with use than the original Ford stamping.
The new detent switch fits all styles of detent plates from 1961 to 1963. Made in USA. It is better than the originals, if you can find one. It is precision cut on a laser CNC machine which fits better than the original stamping. The slot for park is precisely the diameter of the shift lever end to keep your car more firmly in park.
1962 M-series Thunderbird popped into reverse from park because of worn transmission linkage components, including a worn detent plate.
We recommend the socket assembly (steering collar) for the gear shift lever (part number 7228) and the gear shift lever (part number 7210) and bushing(part numbers B8S 7246-A) also be replaced to restore the shifting action to like new. If the end of your gear shift lever is worn or the hole for the roll pin on your gear shift collar is enlarged or oblong this detent part alone will not cure your sloppy gear shifting. The shift collar and gear shift lever can be bought in reproduction from many of the vintage Thunderbird vendorson our links page.. The B8S 7246-A usually comes with the shift handle.
You can buy the detent plate by clicking on the PayPal link below. The cost is $37.00 plus $6.00 shipping anywhere in the continental US. Shipping abroad costs extra. Please add a note when purchasing to obtain cost to ship to your destination.
To pay by check, please send $37.00 plus $6.00 shipping to:
PO Box 754277
Forest Hills, New York 11375-9157