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    Default New Car: 1986 T-Bird Turbo Coupe

    Hey all, purchased this 1986 Turbo Coupe April 2nd. It's California car with just around 80k on the clock (30k on the Ford Motor-sport speedometer which replaced the stock 85 mph one at about 50k). So far, I've had to replace the fuel-pump (I suppose that is to be expected since it was original).

    Very happy with it so far; Seems to be in excellent mechanical condition, main issues are cosmetic (paint fade, fabric fade, and cracked rubber) due to the California sun. In addition, there is a bit of rust below the rear window trim.

    So far, I've installed new headlights and ordered a dash-mat (to cover the cracks and keep new ones from forming).

    Current plans are to: Replace the window trim pieces with ones which have been stripped of paint, replace the window dew wipes, install a dynomax-ultraflo muffler (the stock one has an exhaust leak), and replace the stock shift-knob with a solid aluminum one (to prevent wear on the stock one).

    In addition, when I replace the rear window trim, I will assess the rust-damage. I may seal it with a spray-able rubber sealant to keep it from getting worse (Rust-oleum peel coat).

    Hoping to experiment with "dipping" it in different colors when I can create a suitable booth in the garage.

    No plans on performance mods, want to keep it stock and reliable.

    Thanks for taking the time to read!

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    FEP Power Member Fearnot's Avatar
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    Concord NC


    Great find! Congrats, these are awesome cars. Looks like a nice original example. Think you can save the paint with a few touch ups? Very nice interior especially that shift knob. I like your plan of preserving and driving it.
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    1986 Mustang convertible ---> BUILD THREAD
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    Alberta, Canada


    Nice car! I used to have an 86 TC that looked very close to the same. Mine was an auto and had a rear spoiler, body kit and different front grill nose on it! Hope you continue to enjoy it for a long time!
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    Aww........I like that shift knob. Never seen one with the turbo logo. Sweet ride.

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    FEP Senior Member rodster's Avatar
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    Allentown, PA


    Clean car! Good luck with it and keep us posted on your progress.

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    Wow real nice score!
    Brian R. of Michigan
    83 TBird 5.0
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