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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.
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.
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.
Or...at 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.