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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-09-2017, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at swapping the awful red interior of a 95 Tbird with another 95 : is this an easy swap for the upper/top dash piece?
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Looking at swapping the awful red interior of a 95 Tbird with another 95 : is this an easy swap for the upper/top dash piece?
Depends on how "easy" you consider dash removal.

It's not horrible, takes a few hours, and is putzy, but it's not really "hard".

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If your car has a moonroof dealing with the sunshade color changeover is much more difficult than the dash color changeover. Changing over the dash from the frame is a bit more tedius on top of the dash pull but it's all just a matter of keeping track of the several retaining bolts and making damn sure everything like the ducting is in place, as some of it needs to come out to access the bolts.

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Good to hear its not too difficult.
Will have to search the yards for a decent interior in black or grey.
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Black wasn't offered in the 94-97 style interiors so if you want "neutral" grey is your only swap in option.

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Black wasn't offered in the 94-97 style interiors so if you want "neutral" grey is your only swap in option.
How about the seats, are the SC 94-97 or XR7 better for comfort or support? I had a Taurus SHO previously and the leather seats were nice.
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Its possible to dye the pieces you already have, I have seen a few F150 and mustang guys do it and thats what I did (havent done my door panels tho cause the ones I have are warped). Theres a vinyl/leather dye for our dash and doors but they also need a chemical to get the vinyl to accept it. You can get all of that off of LMR.
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The SC seats are nicer if you can find them, but Cougar seats are a good upgrade from LX. The bolsters are essentially the same size but non-adjustable, have adjustable lumbar(94-95 only), are real leather even on the 50/50s, and patterns are the same as SC.
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If you don't like red I would just change it to tan.
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As XR7 said, any year SC/XR7 seats are a direct bolt in. Worse comes to worse you can always swap your bases, the issue is the leather on most seats is in pretty bad shape these days. It costs around $600 for the vinyl covers from www.supercoupeperformance.com and real leather goes up from there.

I got VERY lucky that someone on facebook was selling some grey tweed SC seats, but I had to get help from another forum member to get them shipped as the guy would not under any circumstances take PayPal or ship them himself.

If you go to TBSC Shop - One stop for 1989 - 1997 Thunderbird and Cougar parts, he's a salvage yard that specializes in MN-12, and has a few options for seats. If his shipping prices are too high, I am about 2 hours away from him and I can ship from my work via UPS and generally can ship less than many other places.

And also as XR7 said, the SC/XR7 and 94-95 Cougar seats are nicer than the LX seats. The side bolsters are VERY nice, especially on the SC's as they are inflatable and great for holding you still in the corners (if you drive like I do that is).

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