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Thread: corner lamps 87 / 88 bird TC vs SPort

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    Default corner lamps 87 / 88 bird TC vs SPort

    whats the deal / how does it go.

    i have two styles of corner lamps in my attic for future deer hitting episodes that have not happened yet.

    son hits a deer, needs one pass corner lamp.

    go to the hoard and i discover many.

    then i discover of my many, there are two styles.

    are the corner lamps for TC different and the regular bird & coug the same or what?

    sorry, i just dont recall needing to pay attention to this but funny thing is,, on the phone with my son last night i said,,, "i believe there is a difference between bird and coug corner lamps".

    i have no idea why my gut insisted on it but,, now i suspect my gut was right...

    One corner lamp i have along the top horizontal line has a flat surface just behind the black trim.
    one corner lamp i have along the top horizontal line instantly drops off down a ramp following the curved interior reflector profile.

    also,, the orange reflector in one is larger than the other.

    Physically it appears one corner lamp is somewhat larger than the other as well.

    many people recycle thier sport corner and headlamps into a TC nose and just need the innter TC lamp housings.

    i am wondering too many things..... confusing myself.

    if a properly loaded up TC nose lighting with original lamps were obtained,,, there should be a fittment problem if the TC lighting were brought over to a sport header panel,, correct?

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    87-88 Thunderbird base, LX, Sport, and Turbo Coupe corner/side lamps are all the same. The 87-88 Cougar ones are different.
    '88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Edelbrock 70mm TB, 76mm C&L MAF, 30lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, AOD with 2800 PI converter, 8.8 with 3.73 gears, 31 spline Traction-Lok, 31 spline Moser axles, 04 Cobra front arms, Maximum Motorsports extreme duty rear arms, subframes.
    '11 Focus, '12 Mustang 3.7, '17 Accord EX-L V6

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    Yup, just the center lights are different on tc's vs lx.

    The cougar ones are way different if i rekeber right.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity
    I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
    1988 Crown Vic wagon. 120K California car. Wifes grocery getter. (junked)
    1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
    1986 cougar.

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