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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-08-2019, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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'96 or '97 Thunderbird

I'm looking for a '96 or '97 off-white Thunderbird Sport with a trunk spoiler. I'm actually looking for various body parts like the trunk lid, hood, bumpers and headlights, but will take a whole car if reasonably priced. I'm located in Connecticut... Let me know what you've got.
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I'm looking for a '96 or '97 off-white Thunderbird Sport with a trunk spoiler. I'm actually looking for various body parts like the trunk lid, hood, bumpers and headlights, but will take a whole car if reasonably priced. I'm located in Connecticut... Let me know what you've got.
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Sports don't necessarily have the spoiler. 97 in particular was a real grab bag as far as accessories. All 97's have 4 wheel disc brakes, regardless of ABS or not, but the only parts you'll always get on a sport are J code springs, 16" SC style wheels, and the Mark VIII front brakes (which require the 16" wheels, and are outperformed by 99-04 Mustang GT PBR calipers on the standard style rotors).

EVERYTHING else, such as SATC, ABS/Traction control, spoiler, was optional and seemingly thrown at the cars at random to deplete leftover parts.

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97's are really bare as far as options go. I just realized the other day that I don't have a glove box lock, WTF!

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97's are really bare as far as options go. I just realized the other day that I don't have a glove box lock, WTF!

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Or the locking trunk release in the console, like my 96's have.

Or maybe that's a Cougar vs Tbird thing.

Someone had cut the cable to the trunk solenoid so it couldn't be popped.

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97's are really bare as far as options go. I just realized the other day that I don't have a glove box lock, WTF!
I did a '94-96 glove box swap into my '97, which is actually more involved than you would think because Ford changed the shade of interior gray from '94-96 to '97. I did it because the mounting posts for the latch on my glove box were broken and made rattling noises, but I also saw the opportunity to add the gas shock for the soft open, which was also removed in '97.

I don't care for a glove box lock, but the hole for the lock is part of the outer shell, so you can't put a gray locking glove box on a '97 that matches the rest of the gray interior unless you drill your own hole in a '97 gray shell.

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Or the locking trunk release in the console, like my 96's have.

Or maybe that's a Cougar vs Tbird thing.
Also removed in '97. As was the locking fuel door.

"Who needs locks anyway?" -Ford bean counters
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Thank you, Woodman... That is a helpful link.

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I'm down in South Jersey but you can have this stuff. Xenon body kit, front Clip, Spoiler with brake light. I'd have to dig around but I have smoked light covers, tail light covers, Chilton manual, never used floor mats.

The only thing I'd like to get a couple of bucks for is the VFN hood if you want it. 96-97 Thunderbird and Cougar
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