Swing away column problems

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Jedi Rello
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Swing away column problems

Post by Jedi Rello » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:38 pm

I recently bought a 1962 Thunderbird, the swing away column will not stay engaged in park and will only start in neutral can any of you guys tell me what I'm looking for here to fix this thank you very much !

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Re: Swing away column problems

Post by VTTBird » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:02 pm

Sounds like you need to replace the Shift Lever and the Shift Detent Plate. What you describe is a common and dangerous condition in these old birds.
Most all of the T Bird vendors have the parts you will need for about $100 or so.
Take a look at this: http://www.southsandia.com/website/shiftdetent.html
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Re: Swing away column problems

Post by ICON 1961 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:25 pm

Is your gear shift lever sloppy when changing into from park to Drive? Or are you saying that sliding your steering wheel column not staying in the drive position.
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Re: Swing away column problems

Post by Jedi Rello » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:10 pm

No everything feels OK in the column it's just when you put it in park it will not stay in park you can hold it there and swing the steering wheel over but it will not stay engaged in park to swing it over, it's like it does not read that it is in park so it will only start in neutral

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Re: Swing away column problems

Post by Dansbirds » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:38 am

As well as a worn shift lever and detent plate, the column bushings are a area to check. When sitting in the car with the wheel in front of you can you move it up and down? Also if you hold the shift lever up in park will it start then. I’ve replaced a fair amount of the bushings and only a couple shift levers detent plates. The shift handle will wear a notch in the end, I know some people who have welded them back solid but I’ve just used a new lever. Certainly not the worst job to fix but if you have a shop manual read thru the process, take your time and youll be fine. Untill you get it fixed I would make sure I had wheel chocks, I’ve seen many of them fall out of park while running or while parked.

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Re: Swing away column problems

Post by Jedi Rello » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:53 am

While sitting in front of it the column does not move up and down even if I hold it in park it still will not start, you guys of been very helpful thank you very much

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Re: Swing away column problems

Post by tbird » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:04 pm

If the engine will not start when the shift lever is held up into park and everything is tight you likely need to check and align the neutral safety switch.
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Re: Swing away column problems

Post by RedBird64 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:27 am

Jedi Rello wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:53 am
While sitting in front of it the column does not move up and down even if I hold it in park it still will not start, you guys of been very helpful thank you very much
That's not where the slop is. The end of the shifter wears out along with the detent plate and that's what your problem is.
If these parts have not been replaced, they are bad by now.
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