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neutral safety switch wiring ford column to 700R4

I am trying to mate a column shifted, 75 t bird column shifter, I think?-key on column to a 700R4 (from a 2wd 89 suburban) going into my 49 F-1 Ford truck. The column outer casing has been modified by a po with a new outer shell. It still has the ignition shift rod going down the column to a switch mounted on the original inner column (tube). I hav a couple of questions as follows:

Was the neutral safety switch located on the 75 tbird/LTD column?

Where was it located?

Does the non electronic 700F4 have a neutral safety switch internal to the transmission that comes thru the plug leads into the trans?

I am also trying to dope out some of the "extra" leads on the column ignition switch and 3 pin plug exiting the column (what does it do?)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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The 700R4 does NOT have an integral neutral safety switch. You must use one either with a column shifter or one mounted on a floor shifter.

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Thanks for your reply. It turns out that a Ford transmission of the era of the column would have had a NSS mounted on the trans and the 700R4 as you indicated does not. With the Ford column and the chevy trans combo, there is no NSS. I just ordered one of the lokar switches since I am already using the lokar aluminum shift arm. Problem solved. Now I need to figure out what the 3 pin connector coming out of the t bird column is for. Anybody know what it might be? It is not signals or 4 way flashers. They all are in the c shaped connector.
Anybody got an idea? Did the 75-76 T bird have cruise control wire running in the column from a stalk in the column or in the steering wheel?
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NOT a exact answer to your question ... but I would JUNK the T-Bird column and get a GM van tilt column.



The T-Bird columns are not as user friendly as the GM ones and they are known to have a good bit of turn signal switch problems. Also the GM van columns have the P-R-N-D-L2-L1 indicator on the column. P-R-N-D-L3-L2-L1 shift indicator lenses are available are aftermarket





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Deuce makes some very valid points.

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Deuce,
Thanks for your reply. At this point I have gone a little too far with the T Bird column and have it pretty well worked out. I made new outer mast with an integral column drop, I have fabricated and got the shifter working smoothly and I am going to have a vinyl sign maker friend make a new PRNODLL on clear acetate to replace the original. I ordered the lokar NSS for the 700R4, I could have fabricated one but liked the rugged look of their switch and I am using their shft arm.
As I remember, you had previously helped me out with info on the Zips waterpump housing. That came out great. It put my mechaical fan essentually dead center in the radiator. I fabbed a stainless steel shroud for it. All in all I am happy with the result.
Your 3w is going to be fantastic! You must have taken a deep breath before putting the two AC (I assume) holes in the original 3W dash!
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You must have taken a deep breath before putting the two AC (I assume) holes in the original 3W dash!
He he, I doubt it he probably has dozens of them sitting around his shop .

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You must have taken a deep breath before putting the two AC (I assume) holes in the original 3W dash!
I did save the pieces ...
I started to buy a Brookville reproduction 3W dash ... but just could not bring myself to put ANY Brookville on the car. When someone asks me ( when it is finished and @ a show or cruise ) is that a Brookville ? I can say ... there's no BROOKVILLE on that car .

I saved the best 3W dash for later ... with original woodgrain still presentable ... I just could not cut it ...
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