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First and foremost, we need 1:24 scale models of all years 1983-88 Thunderbird and Cougar.
I have a page dedicated to refinishing an interior here:
You won’t get a better match than getting automotive interior lacquer mixed up and put in a spray can. The color and sheen are factory style and of excellent quality. As long as you prep things correctly it will last a long time.
Feel free to use it or link to it. At this point I'm willing to host anything like that.
Size-wise, the tanks were 20.6 gallons from 1983 through 1985. Then it went to 22.1 gallons for 1986-88.
Went to the parts store, got two new Dorman strikers with the metal surround and replaceable sleeves, and all is well. They’re technically not correct for the car but they work great, they are future proof, and they proved that sometimes NOS is not the way to go.
There are two different sizes for Fords. Our cars did indeed use the shorter ones.
To get a truer color match then upholstery shops are the way to go but they'll be more money in most cases. And that's if they can get a close enough color...I ran into that a few times. There was only one light blue headliner color the shop had for my '84; I got lucky as it was dead-on to the original. Color selection for older cars is getting homogenized now.
The pattern might be a little off, and some colors might be different, but they're the same base seats that we had. I do know that the Mustang did not have Smoke Grey as an option.
The T-Bird...they're from Illinois, not sure if they're on the board or FB (Loren Peterson). The previous owner did all kinds of mods, like filled in some of the body seams--including the rear quarter panel-to-roof seam. Yeah, it flexed and the seam was popping a little bit. I was like, "That dude had some balls of steel!" Otherwise it was clean and still had most of the unique '83 bits. Actually all the cars under the Fox featured tent were in great shape, very friendly owners, we had a good time.
You know something? It was worth every penny. Looked like a brand-new car thanks to the correct factory rims and tires. I mean, it was a true back-in-the-day experience.
For a daily driver this rim/tire combo makes zero sense. But for show cars...YASSS QUEEN.