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Thanks! I haven't been doing much other than change a few details, most of the big updates are still in my head at the moment

Yeah A/C is deleted, been so since 2008 or so, but I've been slowly putting new parts back to someday have it again. I'm planning on using different lines to keep it fairly clean looking.
I'm thinking about deleting mine all together. I'm sure I'll keep the parts, but this past summer I only turned on the A/C on a couple times. We never see temps in the 90's for more then a day or so around here.

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I'm thinking about deleting mine all together. I'm sure I'll keep the parts, but this past summer I only turned on the A/C on a couple times. We never see temps in the 90's for more then a day or so around here.

Keep up the good work bro!
Yeah, I honestly don't need it even on those days. My general climate control pattern is generally 65 or below: heat on, 66-88: windows cracked or down, 89+: windows down or AC. Most of the days it's 90+ it's usually window down weather anyway(no or little rain).

Clearly it's easy to see why I've been in no rush to put it back If I get out of this craptacular climate OR do an interior color change though I'll probably feel the need for A/C a bit more.

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After having a faux SC handbrake/console for a while I've finally relented and made it a reality.



Sharp eye will notice I swapped to 96/7 vent surrounds. I love subtlety.

Dead pedal



Is my whoring of the Spectralight LEDs obvious?


As for the down and dirty...

... Starting with the downest and dirtiest: The adjuster. My original one looked like crap and had some severe deterioration on the spring(it was broken) and adjuster rod(so bad the clip could only grab 2 or 3 notches) so I sourced the cleanest one I could find at the yard, disassembled it and soaked the pieces in PB blaster for a day.



After some further grinding to get the pitting out I ended up with this beauty after a nice repaint.



Since I had the adjuster off I moved on to the removal of the footbrake and related cables for the dead pedal to take its place.

After a 95badbird style bout or weight removal I ended up doing this just prior to install. These things really are needlessly beefy! lol




Next up came preparing for the handbrake lever and cable pass through.

First the hole. Ford was nice enough to include a punch mark to tell you where to drill (similar to the clutch pedal or cornering light mounting). So I took my 7/8" hole saw to it.






Next the lever. The carpet needs to be clearanced like so for the cable and lever to move.

The purple wire is for the light. I ran it during the rewiring last spring.



Here's the lever mounted with the spade connector spliced in




Then I connected the cable to the adjuster, slipped the couplers on the caliper cables and set the adjuster




All in all, pretty easy. Hardest part was getting the couplers apart during disassembly.

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Great job Matt!

Not to get off the subject, what are using for the lighting under the dash? I tried some LEDs for mine but didn't spread the light out enough like yours. A different LED?!

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A lot of good information here..

I like the way you consolidated everything into this thread..Well done!..

This makes my "Top 10 best MN12 Build Threads"..






Kind of makes me wish I documented more of the mods I've done to my Sport..







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XR7-4.6, that looks great!

But I have a question - you said you switched to 96/97 vent surrounds? I have a 1995 Bird and the vent surrounds look IDENTICAL to the ones you have, embossed symbols and all. Well, technically one of my looks like that, the other one has white printed on symbols, not the embossed. I always wondered why they were different....

Is the white written vent the original? Somebody changed the other one?

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My guess is the previous owner(s) could have replaced the vent at one point, the vent itself can break fairly easily afterall. Mine's a 94 so it's possible the white painted surrounds were 1 year only items and updated in 95. Either way I like the embossed ones way way better.

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Great job Matt!

Not to get off the subject, what are using for the lighting under the dash? I tried some LEDs for mine but didn't spread the light out enough like yours. A different LED?!

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Spectralights as covered in post 42. The LED elements themselves are tiny and there's only two per side but they really throw the light out.


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Mine's a 94 so it's possible the white painted surrounds were 1 year only items and updated in 95. Either way I like the embossed ones way way better.
I never really noticed that, had to go outside and look at my cars. My 1994 SC has the white painted surround and the 95 SC has the embossed ones.
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Sweet!

You know what would add a nice touch to your interior?


You know those nice tweed seats you got?..
the image



Well..If you could find an old worn out MN12 tweed seat in the junkyard..


Remove a couple swatches of good material from them..

Then use that material to recover your door panel inserts with that tweed material..
the image





IMO that would add a nice touch to your stockish looking interior..

Which I might add looks great!







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haha! nice reference on the weight removal.....things are looking good!

how much lighter would you say the console brake is compared to the foot e-brake?

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I'd definitely like to do that rayo. I think I might remove the map pockets behind the seats and that would give me enough to do the rear speaker covers at least but the oblong door panel pieces are tricky since there's not really enough material to source

I have considered doing something like this though...



The 94+ cougars were originally set to have wood strips there so if I used the 91-93 door panel tweed I could cover the gap with the wood strip. That's one idea I've been spitballing anyway.

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I never really noticed that, had to go outside and look at my cars. My 1994 SC has the white painted surround and the 95 SC has the embossed ones.
I believe Trunk Monkey pointed it out to me when he was up here in the fall. I never noticed up to that point even though I've been around tons of them

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ha ha! nice reference on the weight removal.....things are looking good!

how much lighter would you say the console brake is compared to the foot e-brake?
The handbrake is probably a pound lighter tops, the dead pedal probably evens out whatever savings there is(hence my lightening). Though there 's a good 3 feet of extra cable with the foot brake too.

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gotcha, thanks. I was thinking about going to a hand style e-brake, but will just do without either if the other really isn't less weight. (already eliminated the foot e-brake years ago).

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Thanks guys! I'm happy to be #10 of the top 10 build threads!
I'm curious to see what that order is... I'd like to make it into the top 20 with both cars

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Ok, little experiment today. Nothing solid yet but I'd certainly say this is fairly promising






Gen II Mark VIII light switch bezel. They made these in black too!

I had to cut the bezel down a bit and need to rig up new mounting for the dim knob and Mark light switch but that shouldn't be too difficult.

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Me too, too bad the light switch and stuff was MIA from the car I found this from. I'd have it done tonight

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Looks great! Nice job, Matt. I was thinking of doing that same thing if I ever start the dash-in-Bird project - lol

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Ok, little experiment today. Nothing solid yet but I'd certainly say this is fairly promising

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Gen II Mark VIII light switch bezel. They made these in black too!

I had to cut the bezel down a bit and need to rig up new mounting for the dim knob and Mark light switch but that shouldn't be too difficult.
WHOW....THAT'S AMAZING!!! Is the autolamp delay setup integrated into the headlamp on/off switch just a wiring issue?

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WHOW....THAT'S AMAZING!!! Is the autolamp delay setup integrated into the headlamp on/off switch just a wiring issue?
I don't have a 97/8 Mark EVTM to verify but that's the case I suspect. I think this swap will be cake electronically.

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Matt, stop adding all these lights! You're getting too expensive for me!

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These should be the last unless I feel the need for a lighted hood release latch lol

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No but I'm certainly keeping U pull it in business lol

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WOW.....just WOW.......love the cougar and the work ur putting into it..........love the LEDs.......where did u get them?
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Thanks! The LEDs are from advancedgt and called spectralights but I found out the other night after discussing them with GODSPEED that they might not be in business anymore.

Here's a cache of the website http://web.archive.org/web/201008142...ectralight-46/

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