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Parts interchangeable?


robhein
09-04-2005, 12:50 PM
I need to know if most body parts on front of 1997 Thunderbird LX are interchangeable with 1995 and 1996 Thunderbirds. I know the bumpers llok different but should fit anyhow, I think. I'm interested in quarter panel, hood, bumper, and under hood bottom cross beam in front as well as entire front cowl assy. that is in front of radiator area.

8ate8
09-04-2005, 01:21 PM
I'm interested in quarter panel, hood, bumper, and under hood bottom cross beam in front as well as entire front cowl assy. that is in front of radiator area.

First off, just to clarify for you before you start searching for parts, the body style breakdown for the mn12 thunderbirds are 89-93, 94/95, and 96/97. Interiors are identical from 89-93, and then 94-97.

Quarter panels are identical to all 89-97 Thunderbirds.

A 96/97 hood will bolt onto a 94/95 T-Bird, if you get the 96/97 headlights, header panel (piece that the headlights attach to) and hood release latch for a 96/97 hood. Besides, the 96/97 lights look better anyways.

The bumper is a bolt on to the 94/95, and you'll need the bumper impact material underneath it (the actual bumper, so to speak).

Under hood bottom cross beam? Not quite sure what you mean.

robhein
09-04-2005, 02:42 PM
I probably wrote that backwards. But I get the idea. I have 97 that was totaled. I rebuilt it and it was wrecked again, 7 days later. I am rebuilding it again and thought the best way would be to get a parts car and wasn't sure if I could use enough parts from a 95 that I found.
The front cross beam i referred to is the part behind the bumper that appears to be separate from the frame at the bottom of this area.
I posted pic with a "1" on the part.

http://files.automotiveforums.com/gallery/watermark.php?file=/501/191008frame_piece2-med.jpg

8ate8
09-06-2005, 06:40 PM
Yea, should work, they're all built on the same platform. The MN12 is all 89-97 Thunderbirds and Cougars. I'd recommend trying to find a 96/97 donor car, though. The headlights aren't that appealing on the 94/95s :)

robhein
09-06-2005, 08:13 PM
Yea, should work, they're all built on the same platform. The MN12 is all 89-97 Thunderbirds and Cougars. I'd recommend trying to find a 96/97 donor car, though. The headlights aren't that appealing on the 94/95s :)

Thanks, That's what I thought. I am looking for a 96/97 parts car now near Atlanta with no front end damage. I don't even care if it has a motor. Mine runs fine.

I appreciate the help and let me know if you come across one.

nut_4_nascar
12-15-2005, 02:57 AM
Thanks, That's what I thought. I am looking for a 96/97 parts car now near Atlanta with no front end damage. I don't even care if it has a motor. Mine runs fine.

I appreciate the help and let me know if you come across one.


Here you go. A 1997 Ford Thunderbird listed on www.ebay.com. Whole car or parts. Below is the link to the car. I joined this sited today and happened to read your post.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch.ebay.com%3A80%2Fsearch%2Fse arch.dll%3Ffrom%3DR40%26satitle%3D4578920501%26fvi %3D1&rd=1&item=4578920501

nut_4_nascar
12-15-2005, 02:59 AM
Here you go. A 1997 Ford Thunderbird listed on www.ebay.com. Whole car or parts. Below is the link to the car. I joined this sited today and happened to read your post.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch.ebay.com%3A80%2Fsearch%2Fse arch.dll%3Ffrom%3DR40%26satitle%3D4578920501%26fvi %3D1&rd=1&item=4578920501


Here is more info:

The car is located in Atlanta GA, You may pick up parts also.

You may also call me @ 770-401-4818

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