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    Question BE Nice! to my 80

    OK as the title states be nice! This is my poor 1980 t-bird when I got 'er out of storage (buddies yard) This spring. It has since recieved a pair of doors which dont 'flap' in the wind like wings, new fuel line, regular hood and aircleaner assembly for winter, a few patches in the rear wheel wells, and some spray paint to make it all match. Future plans call for the 351W from a wrecked 79 econoline, Disc 8.8 rear, and new paint. Will try to get some better pics with the car all in one colour.
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    Scott, looking good! I like the fact you are restoring one of the forgotten Birds. What are your parts interchange options? Fairmonts, Granandas, etc?

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    Default Re: BE Nice! to my 80

    Those are fox cars too so they should have similar suspension and chassis components. I know the dashboard is identical to ones they used to use in the old midsize LTD's.

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    Interchange is pretty well the same as the 83-86 thunderbirds, and the dash board is the same one used in 83-84 tbirds/cougars and some ltd's and grand marquis. The fox body fairmont, granada, zephyr are all similar just a little shorter wheelbase. Despite having so many similar platforms Parts are still a PITA to find. Spend alot of time in farmers fields with a hammer and crescent wrench! The auto wreckers think t-bird parts are gold plated so I usually try to find a cougar which is almost half the price or a fairmont which is almost free to get parts off!
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    My camera is a POS but you get the idea
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    Default Re: BE Nice! to my 80

    that body style is a class all in its own, i love it
    It's Gumby's fault.

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    As I remember, the dashboard in my '84 LTD (Same as your '80 T-bird) and in the '84 Cougar were a bit different. However they shared the same flat "T" design. I'm sure they're interchangable with each other, but I think they have some differences, at least in the dashpad and trim panels, if not throughout.

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    Silly northerners and your naked trees. :P

    Personally, I find nothing wrong with that body style T-bird. I wouldn't give up my aero-Bird for it, but in the absence of that, I wouldn't kick that Bird outta bed for eating crackers. :P

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    It kinda grows on ya after a while, and at the time a $100 original owner car was sweet as hell to a 16 year old kid! If it werent for the t-bird who knows I migh still be driving the hyundai or godforbid the cavalier!!!!


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    I thought the only differences were the dash trim and guages? I know the cougars (atleast the 80-82's) had silver guages and of course the trim said cougar instead of thunderbird but thats all I've noticed



    Hey one of those "naked trees" blew over the other night and almost hit the house That woulda been cool
    And if you look over the roof of the tbird in the second shot you can see the top of an 83-86 cougar They're beginning to gather and soon they will TAKE OVER!!!
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    Default Re: BE Nice! to my 80

    Maybe I'm confused. All I know for sure is that the dash between my '84 Cougar and my '84 LTD were different. I was pretty sure that the '83-'86 Midsize LTD and Marquis shared a dashboard with the '80-'82 Thunderbirds and Cougars.

    '83-'86 LTD Dash: (This is the same style as yours right?)


    '83-'84 T-bird Dash:


    The above are the only differences between the two dashes I was trying to point out. For all I know they could be the same underneath, but you can see the differences in the knee bolster panels, dash cap, and other items.
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