Thunderbird Convertible Top Pivot Arm

I recently had a pivot arm break on my convertible top latch. Unable to find the discontinued part at a reasonable price, I had a local shop machine me a new arm and also had a few extra made.

If you have this problem I can sale you the pivot arm, the bushings, and a new designed pin to allow simple installation. By using the new pin instead of a roll pin, this does not require disassembly saving you several hours of work.

If you have a need for this part, contact me at @jimtcrowe

This new pivot arm is made from steel rather than cast so it should not have any future problems as it is superior to the original. You need to save you old j-hook and spring to reuse.

Thanks,
Jim
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Jim,,I Received the parts and soon as I can find someone to help lift the Hard top off I will fix my latch ;) Do you happen to have a photo illustration of where everything fits? I don't want to put something in the wrong way. If you want you can send it to my email ,,which you have ;)
 
I recently had a pivot arm break on my convertible top latch. Unable to find the discontinued part at a reasonable price, I had a local shop machine me a new arm and also had a few extra made.

If you have this problem I can sale you the pivot arm, the bushings, and a new designed pin to allow simple installation. By using the new pin instead of a roll pin, this does not require disassembly saving you several hours of work.

If you have a need for this part, contact me at jimtcrowe@******* and use tbird pivot arm in the subject line.

This new pivot arm is made from steel rather than cast so it should not have any future problems as it is superior to the original. You need to save you old j-hook and spring to reuse.

Thanks,
Jim
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Does anyone have instructions on how to replace a broken pivot arm?
 

Gus Gutz

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It's actually rather easy. If you partially open the top and brace it with a piece of 2x4 so it doesn't close, everything is accessible from the sides. The hardest part is keeping the spring loaded when you reinstall.
 

Gus Gutz

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I replaced the plastic bushings without taking the header apart. You can reach in from the side with the top partially open to access the pin, bushings and spring. It needs to be much lower than in the photo here. You can use a piece of 2x2 or 2x4 to stop the top from closing all the way. It's very easy to see the parts once the top is in the correct position. Put a towel inside before you take any of the small parts out or they can drop between the top and the liner. The spring is a real pain to get back in. The bushings are made of plastic and when they crush the little spring pops and the latch no longer works. IMAG1711.jpg
 

Gus Gutz

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I took a better photo of it today. With the top in this position, place a block roughly where my hand is and brace the top from opening all the way. It will since it is hydraulic.

Once it is blocked, it is easy to access the pivot arm. In this photo you can see the pin holding it in place and the brass bushing I replaced for the plastic one that came on the car


You just have to be careful not to let any of the small parts drop down between the top and the headliner. If you push the pin through, the pivot arm, bushings and spring come right out. Someone told me that ford was charging 1200 for this repair.
 
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John Hayman

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I took a better photo of it today. With the top in this position, place a block roughly where my hand is and brace the top from opening all the way. It will since it is hydraulic.


Once it is blocked, it is easy to access the pivot arm. In this photo you can see the pin holding it in place and the brass bushing I replaced for the plastic one that came on the car


You just have to be careful not to let any of the small parts drop down between the top and the headliner. If you push the pin through, the pivot arm, bushings and spring come right out. Someone told me that ford was charging 1200 for this repair.
I cannot see the photos........
 
It took me about 2.5 hours to finally get the install of the new arm done and even at that length of time I could not get the flex pin situated correctly where it would work without me assisting it. But, it does work. You may want to put some type poly coating on it as mine is showing signs of rust already.
 
I recently had a pivot arm break on my convertible top latch. Unable to find the discontinued part at a reasonable price, I had a local shop machine me a new arm and also had a few extra made.

If you have this problem I can sale you the pivot arm, the bushings, and a new designed pin to allow simple installation. By using the new pin instead of a roll pin, this does not require disassembly saving you several hours of work.

If you have a need for this part, contact me at @jimtcrowe

This new pivot arm is made from steel rather than cast so it should not have any future problems as it is superior to the original. You need to save you old j-hook and spring to reuse.

Thanks,
Jim
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Do you by chance have another pivot arm? Mine broke on the passenger side. New to this forum and not sure how to contact you personally or give my personal info? Thanks! Sidetrack
 
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