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    Default AOD floor shifter gear lock release button

    My '88 XR-7 floor shifter gradually stopped moving from park to N/D/R due to the loss of function in the release button on the side of the shifter. I had to fight with it at the end before it finally quit working. I disassembled the shifter and found that the part that transmits the pressure on the button to the latch release in the base of the shifter (through the shifter stalk) had worn out and broken. This piece is basically a solid plastic tube with a bunch of round nubs along the length of it. Does anybody know what I'm talking about? Is there a replacement for this piece? For now, I've removed the latch and spring at the shifter lock, but now the vehicle can be put into gear or neutral without the key and by accidentally bumping the shift lever.
    Any input/help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    If you can find a part number for that little white ball piece these guys might have it: http://www.greensalescompany.com/
    '88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Edelbrock 70mm TB, 76mm C&L MAF, 30lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, AOD with 2800 PI converter, 8.8 with 3.73 gears, 31 spline Traction-Lok, 31 spline Moser axles, 04 Cobra front arms, Maximum Motorsports extreme duty rear arms, subframes.
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    One of these days I am gonna get with my dad and see if he can help me print one on a 3d printer. Could probably sell them cheap if they worked okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haystack View Post
    One of these days I am gonna get with my dad and see if he can help me print one on a 3d printer. Could probably sell them cheap if they worked okay.
    I have a complete floor shifter set up at home, and a 3D printer at work. I should really try this.

    My concern is that, even in ABS, it may not be as strong as the factory part. You would have to use a lot of infill when printing it.
    '88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Edelbrock 70mm TB, 76mm C&L MAF, 30lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, AOD with 2800 PI converter, 8.8 with 3.73 gears, 31 spline Traction-Lok, 31 spline Moser axles, 04 Cobra front arms, Maximum Motorsports extreme duty rear arms, subframes.
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    I'd be willing to be your test dummy if you want to try to make one or more. Since I know how to work around the failure of this part, it wouldn't be a tragedy if it didn't last. They're somewhat flexible, I don't know how rigid the 3D printed piece would be, so that would be another thing to consider in addition to the strength question. Keep us posted!

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    I saw thunderjet302's comment before yours. I would definitely be willing to try one, and I would expect there to be a market for these, even if not a large one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderjet302 View Post
    If you can find a part number for that little white ball piece these guys might have it: http://www.greensalescompany.com/
    I've been searching and can't come up with a parts diagram for our cars. Any leads on where to find a resource for the info?

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    The part number is E7SZ-7E148-A. Quick check of eBay and Green Sales didn't yield anything. Hope that helps though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CatManDude View Post
    I'd be willing to be your test dummy if you want to try to make one or more. Since I know how to work around the failure of this part, it wouldn't be a tragedy if it didn't last. They're somewhat flexible, I don't know how rigid the 3D printed piece would be, so that would be another thing to consider in addition to the strength question. Keep us posted!
    Depending on the amount of in fill a 3D part can be pretty stiff or flexible. I'll have to pull the shifter I have apart and get a feel for what it should be like.

    Recreating the thing without a 3D scanner is going to be fun
    '88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Edelbrock 70mm TB, 76mm C&L MAF, 30lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, AOD with 2800 PI converter, 8.8 with 3.73 gears, 31 spline Traction-Lok, 31 spline Moser axles, 04 Cobra front arms, Maximum Motorsports extreme duty rear arms, subframes.
    '11 Focus, '12 Mustang 3.7, '17 Accord EX-L V6

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