It was made primarialy for the 03 Cobra guys, who seem to toast diff covers and half shafts like there's no tomorrow. Please post up the pic of the '96 rear cover and I'll take a look at it and let you know. Basically, if it has a large casting support/rib in the lower right corner, the brace won't fit. Again, this is not an issue for guys with the FRPP unit or a Mark Viii rear cover, It'll fit. Actually, I was quite suprised to find out the T-Birds had a different cover...par for the course in the T-Bird vs Mustang parts interchangabilty I guess!
You can find the brace here.
It's $210.00 shipped. So far, no one has broken a rear cover, even when side-stepping the clutch at 7000. Should be plenty strong enough for us!
IRS COVER BRACE SPECS
* FABRICATED FROM 1/4" 1018 STEEL PLATE
* MADE IN THE U.S.A. BY BILLETFLOW
* FULLY FILLET-WELDED USING MIG PROCESS
* POWDER COATED SAFETY RED
* GRADE 8 FASTENERS INCLUDED
* SIMPLE INSTALLATION USING HAND TOOLS
Disclaimer: I'm not associated with these guys, I was only in on the group purchase and reporting my findings to the T-Bird community
Thanks to 392Bird for pointing it out to me in the first place.