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    Default 1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe Shift Knob

    The shift knob in our '87 Turbo Coupe has melted, and we were looking at replacements online and came across one on this website.

    https://www.mustangsunlimited.com/it...p?T1=7213CL+01

    The website says that the shift knob will work on 1983-2004 Mustangs. Does anyone know if this shift knob will work on the '87 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe?

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    Any shifter knob that works on a stang will work on a tc. It's the same shifter from the factory.
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    Oh yes. Will work fine.
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    The shifter itself will work and the thread size is the same. However, the thread depth may be "shorter", with the shifter not screwing down as far as the original shifter (i.e. some threads may show when the shifter is screwed down as far as it can go). It may not "clock" the same way, either, and will need a jam nut to allow for the shifter handle to be straight. That's my experience with a single reproduction leather shift knob for a Mustang. Your results may vary...

    Daniel

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    Thank you for all of the feedback.

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    Maybe this weekend I'll post the shift handle you listed and compare it to my TC handle (leather is partially melted, too). You'll be able to see the differences and decide for yourself. Like I said, I have experience with only one aftermarket shift handle, so other manufacturers/brands may be longer and better oriented to what the factory has.

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    I used one off of a sho taurus. its rubber but looks identicle. the supercoupe knob also looks identicle but is also the same crappy style leather.

    pull your handle off and bring it into your junkyard and just try some knobs on it off random cars. most japanland cars use a tiny thread, but tons of small cars and trucks use the same 12mm thread and most are 5 speeds.

    Also, don't bother with autozone knobs. they all use a plastic thread adaptar. i was constantly tighte.ing and lossening mine as i was driving and it litterly ate through.
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    I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
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    I posted a similar thread on the NATO message board and was directed to an older thread that contains the part number of a shift knob that looks similar to the original shift knobs that came on the '87 TC. The part number is XR3Z-7213-BA.

    The thread with the shift knob comparisons can be found here-

    http://natomessageboard.com/ubbthrea...=224534&page=1

    Later on in the thread the shift knob with the XR3Z-7213-BA part number is compared to the original TC shift knob.

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