I thought we were defined by 1983-1997 Thunderbirds Cougars, and etcetera platforms, including Mark VII and VIII. I don't really see any reason to exclude them after 15 years. I think the reason we have moved mostly towards the newer MN12s is the passage of time. My car is a 1989 model, built in December of 1988, and even my car is old by comparison to most of the membership here. Just because time has left some of us behind, doesn't mean that WE should leave them behind. I recall a member who has joined us just a couple of days ago who has Mark VIIs, but just bought his first Thunderbird. I feel these people should be welcomed. At the very least, as one more place that supports their hobby.
Well the aforementioned member joined only after he got a 1994 4.6 Tbird so...
But of course they're welcome, but other than to stay and chat there's really not much to their continued benefit here since Fox chassis tech is sparse on our forum, and has been since 2002(the passage of time has little to do with it) and quite literally can be found everywhere else but here. There's more pertinent tech for them on the corral, and not to mention the fox tbird and cougar forums. There's at least three sites I can think of with better tech for the Mark VIII as well, but at least with them the hard points are the same enough to get some benefit from TCCoA for them.
Besides which, TCCoA the acronym doesn't include Mark anythings. I suspect the inclusion of the Lincolns, as well as the Fox chassis cars was a goal of Bill and Mark to attract and include more people to the club, but it never really came to fruition, because discussion is and always has been MN12 eccentric, whereby, at some point, getting answers like "I think..." and "I don't know about those cars, but on my car..." really don't cut it when you're in a jam with your Foxbody. Honestly I'd feel quite duped if I were a Mark VII owner and went through the trouble of registering to TCCoA just to find out nobody knows the specifics about troubleshooting the air ride or something.
I'm registered to a dozen other forums, most found using a google searchs, links from here or elsewhere in a quest for something specifically related to the cars the clubs represent, and often being registered to them is a prerequsite (using their marketplace, seeing an attachment, ect.), some I stayed and post on occasionally, three of which are Mustang sites, and I've never even owned a Mustang! Others I just lurk that one time and leave. I'm sure it's the same story for most of the token Fox chassis/Mark owners coming across TCCoA.
Moral of the story is it's nice to be inclusionary, but the core of the forum is Tbirds and Cougars on the MN12 platform. We shouldn't have to say in desperation "we here specialize in MN12s... but please be our friends too 83-88 and Lincoln people!!!" There is no better collective source of knowledge for the MN12 platform than us and we should be proud of that.