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Old 07-23-2002, 17:08   #1 (permalink)
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mad Broken T-bar selector knob (EL Ghia)

Hi all,

The chrome t-bar selector knob in my EL Fairmont Ghia has broken :( I have heard that these are very prone to breaking (doh).

Some questions: Would an AU t-bar selector "stick" fit place of the old EL one?

Also, is the knob itself available from Ford, or do I have to buy the complete assembly including knob and leather-bound "stick" ?

Thanks in advance :)

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Old 07-23-2002, 20:32   #2 (permalink)
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Ahhhhh, Bummer !

Yeah, this is common amongst the EF/EL Chrome Auto Button Brigade !

Unfortunately, The AU one is different, in the sense that it uses a Hex Screw to Hold the Knob in place, where as the EF/EL is a twist on type, with a Locking nut Below the Knob, to hold it in place. (Although I am sure that this would not stop anybody from trying to fit the AU ones, especially the Momo Stitched Leather ones !)

As for repairing the Knob, I dunno if the Chrome Bit can be bought as a seperate item from ford ?

Also finally, to get a new Leather Stiched Knob with Chrome button is going to be a bit expensive to purchase from Ford.
(Not sure Exactly, but expect in the Hundreds, going by normal Ghia Part costs)

Sorry to hear about that mate !
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Old 07-24-2002, 02:07   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah bad luck mate. It happened on my mates fairlane too. Worst thing is you have to buy the whole gear knob from ford and as it is leather its not fkn cheap. My mate got quoted $280
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Old 07-24-2002, 05:49   #4 (permalink)
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Oh no! Been there done that! A replacement leather knob was qoted to me at $280. Ford should really look at their parts pricing- seriously.

I went to the wreckers and bought an immaculate Fairlane handle, no leather but with the chrome button for $50. It looks the same, no better without the paint wearing off the leather!

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Why don't you buy a standard one of the matching colour as they are about $60 new and know one is really going to tell the difference.If you buy a chorme one it will just break agian.

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Old 07-24-2002, 06:49   #6 (permalink)
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I know this is the cheap (possibly "hack" way) but I'm getting my gear shifter leathered, and I plan on painting my current button chrome to imitate the ghia one - laugh if you will, but I ain't gonna fork out and spend megabux on one from Ford !!! hehe. Ford are also reluctant to help out someone like me (Futura boy) because they like to keep things prestigious, hence the insane prices. Sorry for the rant =]

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Old 07-29-2002, 09:54   #7 (permalink)
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sorry to here man, it's happen to me once also.
Even if ford would sell you just the button you need to un-stich the leather to even get close to getting to it. I but a bit of glue on the piece that was bust and that last all of two days.

If you live in melb I have a Fairlane one ( no leather though) in the mocca/brown colour if you want for $20.

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