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Old 05-18-2016, 08:33 PM
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this is my first time on here hope i get it right. to start my car i have to lift up on the gearshift push it into park and then it starts then when i put it into gear the alignment in every position on the selector is out of sync the p, r, n, d,line up as every one is lined up with the selector but half way to the next gear R shows up almost in N and so on down the line, any help in adjusting would help thanks PAPA JOHN
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Old 05-18-2016, 09:22 PM
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It sounds like you need a new detent plate, shift lever or both. Here's the link to the article in the Technical Resource Library on how to replace it and adjust it so the dial lines up correctly. You can get the parts from any of the Thunderbird vendors.

http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_g...eplacement.pdf

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Hey Papa, please use punctuation.

The neutral safety switch is also out of adjustment. It's common for it to get out of adjustment as it is held in place through slotted holes and self-threading screws through the steering column outer housing. The screws can loosen over time, and if over-tightened, strip the threads in the column metal.

This is such a common problem with Fords of his era. Once I went to start my friend's 65 Galaxie that she hadn't been able to start for weeks. In park, I turned the key, and nothing happened. Instinctively I reached over the top of the column with my left arm and pulled up on the shifter lever, and turned the key with my right, and the car started right up. My friend was incredulous, jumping up and down, asking me how the heck I did that. I had to think back through before I could explain.

Once you get yours adjusted and the mounting screws tight, use a large worm type hose clamp to clamp it tightly into place, and it will maintain its position.
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papa john, welcome to Squarebirds.org. I read your post and understood every part of it so don't listen to the 'English Gestapo', (Yadkin). His English isn't the best, either.

I hope to see you post more questions. If the answers are not clear, ask again. We have a lot of good experienced mechanics that are eager to help. These old Ford cars are nothing like modern cars. Most modern mechanics won't touch them unless the car has a computer on board.

I'm in Detroit which is one mile from Windsor, ON. I envy you guys for knowing French AND English. Truth is, when my father's grandfather came over here from Wales, he spoke English but made his mark with an 'X'. Back in the old country, schooling simply meant more time away from earning desperately needed money for the family. When they landed in the coal mines of Pennsylvania, the New World story was the same as the Old World. Fill four cars. Each of them holds 4-tons. That's 16-tons, every day. No punctuation necessary. - Dave
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Old 05-19-2016, 03:10 AM
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Hey Papa, please use punctuation.

The neutral safety switch is also out of adjustment. It's common for it to get out of adjustment as it is held in place through slotted holes and self-threading screws through the steering column outer housing. The screws can loosen over time, and if over-tightened, strip the threads in the column metal.

This is such a common problem with Fords of his era. Once I went to start my friend's 65 Galaxie that she hadn't been able to start for weeks. In park, I turned the key, and nothing happened. Instinctively I reached over the top of the column with my left arm and pulled up on the shifter lever, and turned the key with my right, and the car started right up. My friend was incredulous, jumping up and down, asking me how the heck I did that. I had to think back through before I could explain.

Once you get yours adjusted and the mounting screws tight, use a large worm type hose clamp to clamp it tightly into place, and it will maintain its position.
Yadkin before you get all high and mighty you should learn to spell. I thank you for the info but im to old at 68 to listen to your B.S I DONT NEED IT
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papa john, welcome to Squarebirds.org. I read your post and understood every part of it so don't listen to the 'English Gestapo', (Yadkin). His English isn't the best, either.

I hope to see you post more questions. If the answers are not clear, ask again. We have a lot of good experienced mechanics that are eager to help. These old Ford cars are nothing like modern cars. Most modern mechanics won't touch them unless the car has a computer on board.

I'm in Detroit which is one mile from Windsor, ON. I envy you guys for knowing French AND English. Truth is, when my father's grandfather came over here from Wales, he spoke English but made his mark with an 'X'. Back in the old country, schooling simply meant more time away from earning desperately needed money for the family. When they landed in the coal mines of Pennsylvania, the New World story was the same as the Old World. Fill four cars. Each of them holds 4-tons. That's 16-tons, every day. No punctuation necessary. - Dave
THANKS FOR YOUR INFO PAPA JOHN
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Old 05-20-2016, 02:12 AM
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Yadkin before you get all high and mighty you should learn to spell. I thank you for the info but im to old at 68 to listen to your B.S I DONT NEED IT
Calm down Mr. Irony.
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'English Gestapo', (Yadkin). His English isn't the best, either.
Welcome to ignore.
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Is it just out of adjustment or is shifter move back and forth between "indicated" gears without it feeling like the trans shifter to a different gear (in other words, does it feel loose)?
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