Originally Posted by Twister773
My Grandma just gave it to me...25,000 miles on it, power windows on the right side work but don't on the left...ideas? Also the headlights work but the gauge lights don't... I'm not used to working on older cars so any info would be greatly appreciated thanks.
Could be either bad switches or bad regulator motors. Pull the door and quarter trim panels. using a test light hooked to ground, operate the switches in the up and down positions. Light should light up in one direction on each pin. Hook the test light to power and repeat the process. Light should light up in one dirrection on each wire. If the test light lights up all 4 times, you have a bad motor. If it doesn't, you have a bad switch. The switches and the motors are available through T-Bird restoration parts suppliers. A quick and easy final check for the switches is to plug the good R. side switches into the left side connectors. If the left side windows now work then this is proof the switches are bad. If they still don't work then you have further wiring problems, which is not very likely. As far as the dash lights, you either have a blown fuse or a bad headlight switch. The headlight switch is also available form T-Bird resto parts suppliers. Here are a few web sites for them:
Pat Wilson's Thunderbird Parts
Ford Thunderbird Parts - Bird Nest 1958-66
Thunderbird Headquarters Ford Thunderbird Parts
T-Birds by Nick: Your San Fernando Valley source for Thunderbirds!
Concours Parts - Ford Restoration Parts
MAC?s: Dealer of Restoration Parts for Classic, Antique, Vintage Ford Autos, Cars & Trucks: Street Rod Parts, Vintage/Classic Ford Manuals & much more!
Larry's Mustang & Thunderbird
Ford Falcon - Thunderbird Parts - Fairlane Parts - Comet Parts
Good Luck, and don't give this car away or even think of selling it, it is a gem like all T-Birds... especially with only 25,000 mi.
PS---Which body do you have- a hardtop? A Landau hardtop? (A hardtop with a vinyl roof with S-bars on the sides and wood grain interior.) A convertible? A Sports Roadster? (Convertible with a tonneau cover, wire wheels, emblems on front fenders, grab bar on pass. side dash) If a Landau is it interior trim code 83? Does it have engine code Z or M? (Fifth digit of VIN #) What color is it?