Here is what I know FOR SURE.
My 96 T-Bird was heavily vandalized in the rear, apparently the tool of choice was a ball-peen hammer. I’m collecting parts to reassemble it after a full repair and repaint in the spring.
My 96 trunk lid was so badly damaged that I purchased a replacement lid off a 93 T-Bird from the local wrecking yard. This 93 lid has been completely disassembled, all that is left on it is the old paint.
The 96 lid has the script “Thunderbird LX” emblem on the left side, above the LED lightbar reflector. It is held in place with double-stick tape and has 3 alignment pins that fit into 3 matching alignment holes on the lid.
The 93 lid did not have a Thunderbird emblem on the left side of the trunk lid. I believe that the 93 used a block-letter “THUNDERBIRD” emblem attached along the lower edge of the left LED lightbar reflector. I would say that a stick-on on the LED lightbar would not use alignment pins and holes. It appears that the LX cars got a second, small block-letter "LX" emblem, also a stick-on, that went to the right of the main THUNDERBIRD emblem.
I have purchased a new 96 script “Thunderbird LX” emblem for my car, to be installed after the repainting is completed. It has the 3 alignment pins on it on the back side, as I wrote in the forum earlier. I will have to drill the 3 small alignment holes, for the 96 emblem, in the 93 lid prior to painting.
You can check for the alignment pin holes on your car very easily. Open the trunk lid and feel along the inside of the lid, through the openings behind the emblem. Your 97 will almost certainly have the 3 alignment pins and holes.
I'm not sure when the script "Thunderbird LX" emblem was moved to the trunk lid. It looks like it was after 93, I'm thinking it was on the 95-97 cars. Anyone want to chime in with info on the 94 cars?
Larry W7LES in Cheyenne
Last edited by Larry W7LES; 12-12-2004 at 12:04 PM.