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R&R of the panel the headlights attach to?

Getting ready to tear into the front end of the bird. It was in a slight accident, so the section of plastic that runs from corner light, to corner light, is snapped and won't hold my corner lenses in. (Lost one on the highway doing 70, trucks tire killed it.)

I need to replace the entire piece, but I don't have a clue as to what it's called, or how to remove and replace. Any help? Thanks in advance!
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Header panel.

You've got to remove the bumper cover (screws around the splash guards, push pins at the bottom, two tiny screws behind the corner lights, and then it unclips from the header panel itself) and from there just remove the remaining bolts holding the header panel on - don't remember the exact amount but they're all obvious, there's a few held to the core support(via steel brackets) and a few on the hood latch support in the center

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Thank you! Now I just need to track down this panel! I appreciate the instruction as well!&
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Rockauto carries it but shipping might make it a bit spendy. You might want to try and find it some place where you can get "free" shipping (maybe eBay)?

You can find the part number by searching rockauto for the model year of your car. I would then google and/or search ebay/amazon for that
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If its broken plastic in an area where a little plastic goop won't interfere you could consider plastic welding a repair. I bought this soldering iron type welder and used it to repair my $400 camo fender on my ATV. I did not make it pretty leaving a goopy scar along the break but it only cost $30 and the repair is hidden by accessories.

The header panels may be cheap and easy for you to get so replacement might be better anyway. I just took a chance on the plastic welder and now look for new ways to use it since I am satisfied with the repair. You generally melt the broken pieces back together along the break line and then add the welding rod material over the fracture line as reinforcement. It would work where you won't see the repair and have good working access to the break.

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The plastic welder you speak of won't help me here, the piece is long missing. I bought the car wrecked, so it looks like an entirely new header panel it is! Rock auto wanted a bit to ship it, there are other suppliers, and as cheap as the part is, I'm not terribly worried about attempting a repair on the plastic. And apparently new hood latches for these cars have long been discontinued. I can't track down a new one to save my life!
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I looked for a header panel at RA for my 1992 yesterday and they were out of stock so you can start feeling lucky and buy a lotto ticket or something. I didn't see how cheap they are. I continued looking for 1992 LX body stuff and they don't have much. I've only found one in local scrap yards in my area with population near 300,000.

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What year is your car? I've got a 94/95 header panel sitting in my garage.

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What year is your car? I've got a 94/95 header panel sitting in my garage.

96. So not sure if it will work or not. I'm not familiar enough with the MN12 platform to know the cross-year fitting.


As for luck, RA is showing the piece in stock and ready to ship. I prefer to avoid shipping and just pick up in person. But I don't know if that opportunity will present itself.
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96. So not sure if it will work or not. I'm not familiar enough with the MN12 platform to know the cross-year fitting.


As for luck, RA is showing the piece in stock and ready to ship. I prefer to avoid shipping and just pick up in person. But I don't know if that opportunity will present itself.
Sorry won't work. You need one from a 96-97 Thunderbird or Cougar.

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Amazon.com: Evan-Fischer EVA20472012011 Header Panel headlamp Mounting Headlight Nose Plastic: Automotive

1996-1997 Ford Thunderbird Headlight Mounting Panel - Body Electrical - Action Crash 96-97 Thunderbird Headlight Mounting Panel - 5584-04082959 - PartsGeek

http://www.carparts.com/details/Ford...wcB&redirect=1

http://www.partstrain.com/store/deta...DOthoClmDw_wcB

http://www.discountbodyparts.com/cat...?dbpcid=gglpla

There are other sites too that offer this piece...

Be aware that these header panels do not come with the headlamp retainer clips. (94 - 95 and 96 - 97 clips are different, and I don't think they are interchangeable.) Hopefully you'll be able to use the clips off the old part, and the adjustment screw parts, should you choose to order a new HP.

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