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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-30-2014, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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The all new to me - 89 Supercoupe! (Tons of Pics)

Hey folks,

Just stopping by since I decided it's time to add another Thunderbird to my fleet.

Currently I have my 95 T-Bird LX with the V8, and I do have my Taurus station wagon with the Essex, so I decided I needed a manual transmission supercharged glory.


Quite honesty, this is the fastest car I have ever owned. And it's a bit exhilarating. Once the supercharger begins to kick in, the beast just flies away.

Bought it from a SCCoA guy, who originally posted it on Craigslist. I ended up searching SCCoA first to see if the guy was familiar with it, I found it there. Car has quite a few tasteful mods done to it,



The day I went to go look and buy it. I had money in hand waiting to buy this thing the minute I saw it.

Purchased with 126k miles, the previous owner had the following done to the car:
Cervini's hood
ZR cold air intake
Supercharger over drive pulley
Eibach pro kit springs
Tokico adjustable shocks/struts
Among other things.

The car wasn't perfect though, it had it's fair share of issues. The overhead lights did not work when doors were open, power mirrors only worked when you flipped the overhead lights on from the switch, and opened the door, and other weird electrical glitches relating to the same circuit. And driver's door seat belt did not work.

Upon ripping it apart, found out that a main junction point had corroded out and deteriorated.



Thankfully from doing keyless entry mod to my LX, I was familiar with where wire splices and junctions were under the carpet.



Used a thick jumper to bridge the gap.



Much more reliable than Ford's method, and this fixed all my lighting and mirror issues.

Same issue with the driver's seatbelt not working, in the door the wire that fed from the door ajar switch to the trunk got broken, this took more time since I had to find the wire, then hook my tester in to find where it broke.

While I had the car apart, I decided to fix the stereo, previous owner had an Alpine that was probably good back in the day, but decided to modernize it with a stereo with an auxiliary input.



Funny thing, the premium sound system was never truly bypassed... I had to bypass the amp so that the head unit was the working, sounded much better after that.



This worked just fine

Previous owner had the white face gauges in, however, at night the lighting was not well balanced, and it was hard to look at during the night, thankfully he gave the factory gauges and those are now back in the car


But there she is, my new Bird!



Hope to post more of it and with it along my newly restored 95 LX

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Nice looking addition to the fleet.

Definitely agree with you on the unevenness of illumination of aftermarket gauge faces; been there... done that. Did the early SCs not get the 145 MPH speedo?

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Seems not

I believe it was on later years, but apparently it'll swap right in.

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1989 Ford Thunderbird S/C in White - 3.8L SC at 121k Miles.

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1995 Ford Taurus LX Station Wagon, Old Man Tan, with the ever so powerful 3.8L V6 Essex!

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145 MPH was a 94-95 thing...I like those orange needles, always wanted to do that to my birds, never did...that car is beautiful! I would paint the B pillar black though, they just don't look right to me body color...but that one looks great! Nice car...do you have a fold down rear seat? How are the front seats? Good shape? Nice SC

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I may have a factory 145 speedo in one of my junk drawers...

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-30-2014, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Ooooh. I may be interested!


The car does have folding rear seats, the front leather is beat up, they have a seat cover over them now that fits well. If I find a decent set I might replace em. Though I've also heard suggestions to go with a black interior. If I can get all the parts for the right price I'd consider it, but the red doesn't bother me, I kind of like it too.

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1989 Ford Thunderbird S/C in White - 3.8L SC at 121k Miles.

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1995 Ford Taurus LX Station Wagon, Old Man Tan, with the ever so powerful 3.8L V6 Essex!

2002 Mercury Sable LS Premium - Wife's car - Old man tan as well with a Duratec! Leaky Fun with oil everywhere 89k miles
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SCP has very nice upholstery kits...

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Nice looking SC. Sounds like you got the SC fever and your already hooked.

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Great looking car!
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-06-2014, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! It's been a great car except one thing.

I Just have one issue. And it's either a few different things I would say.

When driving, the car will just stall out and lose all power, and tach drops to 0. If I leave the car in gear, flip the ignition off, then on, it comes back to life as if there was no problem. I replaced my cam position sensor as I was suggested to replace, didn't fix it. So that leaves crank sensor, DIS module, or even my PCM which was replaced before with a reman. There were no codes logged in the computer when I checked. I pulled the battery cable over night, so hopefully if it acts up again, it'll log something.

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1995 Ford Taurus LX Station Wagon, Old Man Tan, with the ever so powerful 3.8L V6 Essex!

2002 Mercury Sable LS Premium - Wife's car - Old man tan as well with a Duratec! Leaky Fun with oil everywhere 89k miles
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Hi Kevin,

Glad to hear your getting things squared away, I'm picking up a new White 1991 SC downstate this week, then off to the SC Shootout for a weekend of watching those guys flat rip into some SC's.

Keep up the good work.

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Nice! Can't wait to see this 91!

Today, I fixed one bulb in my climate control. And I had zero issues with the bird since I pulled the battery. Wondering if that fixed it. I love simple fixes like that :P

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1989 Ford Thunderbird S/C in White - 3.8L SC at 121k Miles.

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1995 Ford Taurus LX Station Wagon, Old Man Tan, with the ever so powerful 3.8L V6 Essex!

2002 Mercury Sable LS Premium - Wife's car - Old man tan as well with a Duratec! Leaky Fun with oil everywhere 89k miles
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Now all my climate control bulbs work!

The two that were controlled by the switch, I found 0 working, but I did take a spare that had the removable bulb size 34. The serviceable bulb lit the fan switch and the temperature slider.

I took my knife and kind of cut some of the plastic apart, and I was able to make that bulb fit in the other socket since I couldn't find the proprietary bulbs. I had a ton for the Gen 2 Taurus EATC, but those didn't fit.



Although I used a 74 for the fan/temp part, since I had a spare from when I fixed the indicators on my Taurus, seems to work nice and bright too



Car is much more beautiful at night

And while I was working on my LX, I took a beautiful shot that shows the SC, and the interior of my LX.



A part of me loves the 95 dash better, but then I see the cool stuff like the compartment above the glovebox, and the maintenance monitor, I then love the 89's dash too.

I have plates for the SC now too, but I'll wait for the rain to quit. If I am lucky, I'll be able to make the SC fit in the garage with the bike, and all my crap. But I doubt it. The SC will have to be out in the snow, but I will throw a cover over it. Both T-Birds won't be driven in snow, already decided this.

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1995 Ford Taurus LX Station Wagon, Old Man Tan, with the ever so powerful 3.8L V6 Essex!

2002 Mercury Sable LS Premium - Wife's car - Old man tan as well with a Duratec! Leaky Fun with oil everywhere 89k miles
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I have a light bulb problem with the 3 Buttons on the right on the climate control. Can I swap a climate control from a 92 in there, I think the newer ones look a bit better. It doesn't look that hard to take it out.
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All 89 - 93 climate control should be the same. If you have the electronic one that displays your temp rather than the slider like the one above, then you need to stick with that or do a ton of modification.

If your Floor, Floor/Defrost, and Defrost section is burnt out. Just goto the junkyard and find that same style, pull the light bulb from the bottom that illuminates the fan and temp section, and just cut a bit of it away, and it'll fit and twist right in. I took all three bulbs from the climate control from a junkyard, and both the ones from the buttons were bad. Initially I only had one working bulb which lit up the off, vent, A/C section.

1995 Ford Thunderbird LX in Midnight Blue - 4.6L V8 Currently at 78k miles. Assembled 3/22/95 - Reborn October 22, 2013 with tons less rust
1989 Ford Thunderbird S/C in White - 3.8L SC at 121k Miles.

Other ride:
1995 Ford Taurus LX Station Wagon, Old Man Tan, with the ever so powerful 3.8L V6 Essex!

2002 Mercury Sable LS Premium - Wife's car - Old man tan as well with a Duratec! Leaky Fun with oil everywhere 89k miles
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