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Old 01-21-2004, 10:54 AM
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Had an occasion last evening to work on my father in-laws 90 Ford truck. Seems he could not get the starter to engage and he also could not get the shifter out of park. I quickly realized something was amiss in the tilt steering column. Pulled the steering wheel, signal switch, ignition tumbler and top half of the column cup. There is a pot metal bracket that engages the rack of the ignition cylinder pinion. That bracket attaches to a rod that actually operates the ignition switch. The bracket also has a slot in it that allows you to move the gear selector once the key is off the lock position. The bracket was snapped right as it went in to the lower half of the column cup. Had to remove the two pins on either side of the tilt mechanism to remove the broken bracket. Went to the local Ford parts man with the two pieces of the bracket in hand. Plopped them down on the parts counter and the guy immediately turned and disappeared into the parts room void. He returned in a few minutes with the replacement part. I said you obviously have sold a few of these. He said he wished he had a dollar for everyone he has sold, he would be retired by now.

The thing is Ford used this design as I understand it for about 15 years before redesign......duh.

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