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Electrical Tech / Re: Where can I buy a 83 cougar sending unit..
My '84 has two pumps. The changeover was 1985 when Ford used a single, in-tank pump. Some people do a conversion in their earlier cars (and tbh, I'll probably do that as well). That might be another option.

Size-wise, the tanks were 20.6 gallons from 1983 through 1985. Then it went to 22.1 gallons for 1986-88.
Body/Appearance/Interior / Re: Door Latch Strikers
So a few years ago I spent some crazy money on NOS door strikers for the ‘84. These are the ones without the metal surround, just the striker bolt with sleeve and permanent washer. Installed fine, no issues. A week later I opened the driver’s door and the grey plastic sleeve disintegrated. A day or two later the passengers side did the same.

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.
Electrical Tech / Re: Need help tracking down a wire.
@softtouch, in the Quick Reply below, click the 'Preview' button. It will take you to a new page where you can reply and also add images at the bottom. The board software will add the image(s) inline.
Body/Appearance/Interior / Re: Seat Covers
For some people it might work, especially if they're doing a color change. And having them pre-made saves a little money. Just throwing it out there as an option.

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.
Suspension/Steering / Re: NEW 10 hole wheels
Yeah, radio delete. It's been a minute since I've seen an actual antenna delete plate like that.

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.
Suspension/Steering / Re: NEW 10 hole wheels
I saw the Keystone-refinished rims and repro Goodyear Gatorback VR's on a car last weekend at Carlisle; it was a 35K-mile original 1986 Mustang GT in awesome shape. He paid a LOT of money to be factory correct.

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.  :roxor:
Misc Tech / Re: R134 with HR980 Compressor
That’s what I was leaning towards as well. Everything but the evap core is getting replaced anyway. I just need to know beforehand, which compressor and setup I need so I don’t start collecting the wrong parts. Keeping what I have makes things a lot more straightforward.

In the future I’ll probably start collecting parts for an alternate compressor in case I ever need to go this route again. Running R134 would be pretty awesome. But for now the stock setup can definitely work since the compressor is new and on hand.

Thanks man, always appreciate your insight with this sort of thing.
Misc Tech / Re: R134 with HR980 Compressor
Well what I'm saying is...I have an NOS HR980 compressor that would be sweet to use. The current (old) one is leaking big time. But from what I'm reading the R134 conversion doesn't last long with that compressor because it's not built to handle the higher pressure required. So I'm at that point where the decision has to be made. I definitely don't want to grenade a new HR980, not at those prices, which is why staying with R12 is a really viable option and would get me another 10+ years of use.
Misc Tech / Re: R134 with HR980 Compressor
It's the flat ("pancake") one.

I have to figure out a way to get the a/c working in my '84 with the 3.8L V6. The HR980 compressor is stock but it's leaking big time. I'm changing the condenser, accumulator, orifice tube, and lines regardless. Evap core is fine.

I know there was another type used in late '84 (FS6?) that has the single, non-serpentine pulley and it's available with R-134 compatibility. Only problem is, I'd need to find the correct compressor/power steering pump bracket which is sort of a needle-in-the-haystack proposition. the local pick-and-pull, there is an '85 V6 Thunderbird with the full serpentine setup and the newer compressor. Not sure if I'd have to change all the other brackets and accessories though. I wouldn't mind the serpentine setup but it's definitely not stock and I'm trying to keep the stock 1984 appearance if possible.

The last option would be to use my new, correct HR980 compressor with Freeze12 (R12 substitute). I know that stuff is discontinued and expensive, but it would solve all the issues with the least amount of resistance. It would not future-proof my situation though...10 years down the road, this could happen again and I'd need to swap something out for R-134 regardless.