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94/95 SC bumper & skirts on 96 T-Bird done! (pics)

Well I've had the bumper and skirts for over a year but got lazy and cheap. Finally I decided to bite the bullet and open my wallet wide to let a body shop paint the pieces.

So I now have a 96 T-Bird with a 95 SC rear bumper & side skirts. I had the body shop weld up the holes on the trunk where the emblems were and paint that also. Boy it wasn't cheap... and they didn't match the paint on the skirts all that well on the first try. I took it back and had them repainted (we split the cost that time).

Anyway, here are some pics, I think the car looks fantastic now. Thoughts...? Comments...?









It almost gives the car a bit of a lowered appearance without touching the suspension (you don't want to go too low in my city with all the potholes and uneven streets)

I also added some cheap clear corner lamps I got off eBay



And for a few pics of the installation / fitment (I did the install):










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Wow, that looks great. Good job.
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I think it looks great

My thoughts/comments? Since you asked, I think the front either needs some sort of GFX to carry out the look. That or better yet a 94/5 bumper like Earls 96 had when he got it. I'd have also cut the cladding and mount the GFX in the factory location. The door GFX drooping below would drive me nuts.

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I think it looks great

My thoughts/comments? Since you asked, I think the front either needs some sort of GFX to carry out the look. That or better yet a 94/5 bumper like Earls 96 had when he got it. I'd have also cut the cladding and mount the GFX in the factory location. The door GFX drooping below would drive me nuts.
I agree that the front bumper needs something. The closest thing that I like is the Xenon front bumper. That's way down on my list though, I have other things I'll do first. Too much work to change out to a 94/5 front bumper. Besides I have two brand new OEM headlights (96) that I am installing.

Cutting the side skirts would have been a major pain in the butt, like major, to get the cuts perfectly lined up (especially on a white car). Right now the skirts sit lower but if the door is closed you can't tell at all. Plus there's no way to modify (shorten) the aluminum door pieces if you did cut the urethane pieces so it might not fit correctly anyway.

I'm soooo glad I had them weld up the holes on the trunk, that really cleaned things up. The skirts/bumper has been on my "want" list since I bought the car just over 2 years ago so I'm glad I was finally able to get 'er done.

In hindsight, I wish I had drilled two holes (one in each end of the door) to help hold the door pieces on more like the factory did. I didn't want to drill so I used double-sided tape across the entire top edge, on each end, and on the plastic pieces at the ends. So the door pieces are held on pretty well but if I did it again (or if they fall off), I'll just drill the holes.

I did drill a bunch of holes under the car and used plastic trim clips (same ones used on stock rear bumpers) to hold on the ground effects. They are held on really well, they're not going anywhere.

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96/7 lights hood and and header panel all work with the 94/5 bumper. You'd only need to swap crash foam, otherwise it's a direct swap.

I undertand why no cutting was done on the cladding or GFX I just know how OCD I am and how much that lip would bug me for the few seconds of entry/exit It looks great though, don't get me wrong.

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...I just know how OCD I am and how much that lip would bug me for the few seconds of entry/exit It looks great though, don't get me wrong.
I get that, I'm an*l about certain things too.

I thought the hood and headlights needed to be swapped to go with the 94/5 bumper. Oh well I'm not worried about that just yet... because my 4.10 gears arrived yesterday. Now I need to get my butt in gear in the "peripheral" things needed. Rear lube mod, driveshaft, speedcal, etc. to go along with that. I have most parts needed.

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I agree 94/95 front bumper would look good-I played with a few looks but went back to the 95 bumper.

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looks good to me, nicer than my tbird and others lol
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Nice improvement. Esp. like the deleted truck lid emblems, i.e. the scrip "Thunderbird".
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Take a look a Phatbird's front air dam.

http://youtu.be/zW1aKanzVeY


I think I like that air dam better than any other I've seen. Looks good on the 96/97 bumper.

That car is an example of cladding delete also.
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PHATBRD's car started as a 94, so I wouldn't call it an example of cladding delete.

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94-95 front bumper and that would complete it.
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PHATBRD's car started as a 94, so I wouldn't call it an example of cladding delete.


I do like '94/'95 Birds without the cladding compared to the '96/'97, esp. the latter when GFX's are installed.



Been doing some experimenting on the nose of my '95 T-Bird.
I have two non SC '95 bumpers. One on the car, the other stored. Installed a '96 header panel with '96 projection beam headlamps. It bolted right up, no problem. However, the '95 hood does not match. The cut out curve for the headlamps do not match the '96 lamps.

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The hood does close, and is latched all the way.

So I'll install a '96/'97 hood. Possibly one from this company...

http://fiberpartsconcepts.com/1298488.html



Ah, but the '96/'97 hood does not match the center character line of the '95 bumper. The "point" right above the chrome Thunderbird emblem.

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On the '96/'97 bumper that part is straight across with no point. There is no center high line on the '96/'97 hoods.

So, with a '96 bumper that I also have squirreled away, I will cut, and graft that part of the bumper onto the other '95 bumper that I have.

Hope no one feels I've jacked the thread. Just wanted the readers to know what are some challenges with making these kinds of swaps.

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This conversion has been well documented here over the last 15 years. The point in the bumper can be blunted a bit during prep to the point where it's unnoticeable with the hood after all is said and done. Even if it's not it's virtually unnoticeable when the bumper is properly aligned.

















I think a 96/7 grille section would be neat but I have a hard time imagining the blending would turn out any neater than the stock 94/5 grille/96/7 hood combo. The grille section will cut right through that horizontal character line in the bumper.

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Thank you for taking the time to post the great examples of what we're posting about.

For the record my idea is not to graft the whole grille, just that part of bumper above the emblem.

However, I absolutely value your judgement on such details, and once I acquire a hood will no doubt see the validity in your conviction.

What's cool too is that Kansas does not issue front license plates.

But, what is cold, is that Ford County Kansas charged me $780.00 for one yr. tabs on my 2013 daily driver, (Impala [yawn]) Not purchase tax mind you. Just for that little sticker on the plate. My jaw actually dropped to the counter. Dang.
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I miss that car... RIP. For what it's worth that is with no bumper or hood modifications, just took the time to align it well. Rushton, Where exactly in KS are you? I have a spare white 97 hood in the garage with some dents (interesting story) I'd let go if you were looking.

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I live in Dodge City, KS.. About 5 1/2 hrs. one way to KCMO. But the distance really isn't that big of deal to me. It's the fact that I currently have no way to haul a hood.
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