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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-30-2012, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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Since I bought my '95 T Bird Lx 4.6 liter at 75k in '05 the shifter knob vacillates on the shank.

Then I noticed the range selection indicator stopped moving.

Then one day when a released the detent button the spring and various componets popped out (pah twaanggg!) on to the floor board.

Then, over a short period of time, it became more and more difficult to move the shifter out of park. I had to step on the brake, and apply pressure to the shifter repeatedly to eventually move the lever into "R", "N", "D" etc...

One fine day I super glued the little bright orange selection indicator. That worked about as well as a lead life ring. Lasted about two changes of the gear selection. "Oh well" I thought to myself. I never look at that anyway.

Pah twaangg! So I stuck the spring back in, and the plastic parts back in the hole, but it wouldn't stay so I left the spring out, and I can't tell any difference. Never popped out again. (sigh)

Unbolted the shifter unit from the floor to attempt a repair, and found the escapement mechanism where the safety cable attaches worn and/or bent. So I detached the cable, and reinstalled the shifter. Moves out of park fine now. Don't have to step on the brake. Don't even need the key anymore.

(SNAFU! baby)

All the shifters I've seen in the junk yards are broke too, or long exposed to the elements.

Has anyone had any success with an aftermarket shifter that maintains the center console?

All suggestions and referrals will be appreciated.

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Since I bought my '95 T Bird Lx 4.6 liter at 75k in '05 the shifter knob vacillates on the shank.

Then I noticed the range selection indicator stopped moving.

Then one day when a released the detent button the spring and various componets popped out (pah twaanggg!) on to the floor board.

Then, over a short period of time, it became more and more difficult to move the shifter out of park. I had to step on the brake, and apply pressure to the shifter repeatedly to eventually move the lever into "R", "N", "D" etc...

One fine day I super glued the little bright orange selection indicator. That worked about as well as a lead life ring. Lasted about two changes of the gear selection. "Oh well" I thought to myself. I never look at that anyway.

Pah twaangg! So I stuck the spring back in, and the plastic parts back in the hole, but it wouldn't stay so I left the spring out, and I can't tell any difference. Never popped out again. (sigh)

Unbolted the shifter unit from the floor to attempt a repair, and found the escapement mechanism where the safety cable attaches worn and/or bent. So I detached the cable, and reinstalled the shifter. Moves out of park fine now. Don't have to step on the brake. Don't even need the key anymore.

(SNAFU! baby)

All the shifters I've seen in the junk yards are broke too, or long exposed to the elements.

Has anyone had any success with an aftermarket shifter that maintains the center console?

All suggestions and referrals will be appreciated.

Lee.
I see tons of these in the yards and they are fine! You need the handle w/OD button and wire? Or do you need the mechanism itself that the handle slides down on?

FYI, the handle comes off by pulling the C-clip out the front and pulling up gently (make sure to unplug the wire first).

I have the mechanism itself, but the handle w/od button & wire is gone (I would have to pull one at a yard). I also have the range indicator panel in great shape.

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I see tons of these in the yards and they are fine! You need the handle w/OD button and wire? Or do you need the mechanism itself that the handle slides down on?

FYI, the handle comes off by pulling the C-clip out the front and pulling up gently (make sure to unplug the wire first).

I have the mechanism itself, but the handle w/od button & wire is gone (I would have to pull one at a yard). I also have the range indicator panel in great shape.
Thank you for the reply.

Yes, I would like to replace the whole complete assembly. And yes, mine does have an overdrive off/on switch that works.

Perhaps, given your statement that there are tons of these in yards I will look some more. The last time I made the rounds to aquire said part was last spring. (Esp. given the fact that I want to also find a good windshield, pass. exterior power rearview mirror, keyless entry pad, pass. side kick panel, and both drivers' and passengers' power seat panels. A '96 or '97 stock hood, and a '96 or '97 headlamp bracket that mounts across the front of the engine bay.)

I will keep your generous offer in mind should I fail to find the shifter unit I am looking for.

Been searching aftermarket companies like B&M and Hurst for a unit that would fit the same with the stock console cover, and there are a couple of encouraging prospects. (Wondering if any other club members have made such an upgrade.)

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I have a full shifter assembly available from my 1995 Ford Thunderbird that I converted into a track car and then a manual transmission (4r70w to m5r2). It worked just fine on my car including the OD button; I just don't need it anymore now that a) I have switched to a manual transmission and b) the manual proved itself in our 2nd 24 Hours of Lemons race so there's no need to go back to an automatic now.

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I have a full shifter assembly available from my 1995 Ford Thunderbird that I converted into a track car and then a manual transmission (4r70w to m5r2). It worked just fine on my car including the OD button; I just don't need it anymore now that a) I have switched to a manual transmission and b) the manual proved itself in our 2nd 24 Hours of Lemons race so there's no need to go back to an automatic now.

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Does the knob move at all on the stick?

And ah, whatta' want for it plus shipping to Minn. zip 55953?

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Does the knob move at all on the stick?

And ah, whatta' want for it plus shipping to Minn. zip 55953?
By "knob" do you mean the leather part vs. the shaft itself?
I can check tonight but IIRC, it was NOT loose or sloppy at all. I'm sure you could force it off if that's your intention.

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Yeah that's what I mean. I don't want it to move at all.

I'm going to look for one locally (again) and see if I can find one but, if I don't I'll contact you.

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Yeah that's what I mean. I don't want it to move at all.

I'm going to look for one locally (again) and see if I can find one but, if I don't I'll contact you.

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As requested, i checked tonight. The leather portion of the shift lever is firmly attached to the shaft. This was on a working car (and being used) until I swapped transmissions (vs. sitting in a yard). If you don't find one locally, please feel free to reach out to me.
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Did you find a replacement selector from the junkyard? If not, please feel free to reach out to me; I have one in good condition ready to ship.

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If he doesnt want it and you'd ship it to Canada I could sure use it.
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Did you find a replacement selector from the junkyard? If not, please feel free to reach out to me; I have one in good condition ready to ship.

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Yes, I found and obtained a good shifter along with a whole parts car (34k on the dial with blue interior just like mine) for 4 hundred. All smashed up in the front, but a lot of good parts.

Obviously this frees up your part for our polite friend in Canada with notable business tack.

Thank you both for your patients in my slow reply, and best wishes to your sales, and restoration endeavors.

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I have been searching posts allover trying to find information about this same shifter. I have a '96 4.6L automatic T-Bird. It is hard to get out of Park when it is below freezing, I even had a morning this past winter when I could not get it out of Park, had to drive another car to work. I took it the shop I use and they could not get a new cable for the shifter, not made anymore. I am guessing the cable has some moisture in it and is freezing overnight because it works fine once I get it going and in the evening. If I get the shifter apart can I lubricate the cable? If I take it to a transmission shop (there is not one in the small towns where I live and work) is this an easy fix for a "specialist"?

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I have been searching posts allover trying to find information about this same shifter. I have a '96 4.6L automatic T-Bird. It is hard to get out of Park when it is below freezing, I even had a morning this past winter when I could not get it out of Park, had to drive another car to work. I took it the shop I use and they could not get a new cable for the shifter, not made anymore. I am guessing the cable has some moisture in it and is freezing overnight because it works fine once I get it going and in the evening. If I get the shifter apart can I lubricate the cable? If I take it to a transmission shop (there is not one in the small towns where I live and work) is this an easy fix for a "specialist"?

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I have a cable if you need it - $25 shipped. PM me if you're interested. You can put it in yourself, you should not need a "specialist".

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