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Any TC people hate their 87/88 door panels?
Mark_R Offline
Member
#1
The only thing I don't like about my TC is the interior door panel. My left knee hits the power door lock panel. I was looking at a non-turbo bird today and they have completely different doors. Seriously thinking of swapping them.
88TC 5spd, bypassed BCS, 18 psi, ram air, Jacobs ignition
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Dan E Offline
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#2
What I don't like is the fact that the Map Pockets break off and the Armrests get really loose !

Oh, not to mention the door pull strap...good luck finding these if you ever break the strap or decorative end caps.
Dan Eaves
88TC 5spd Vermillion Red, Polished...everything...
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Jeff K Offline
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#3
The arm rests always break off on the Fox Tbirds, it seems. I had to fab up metal L brackets to reattach the ones on my TC. The arm rests both broke on my purchased new and ultra pampered 86 Tbird 5.0 after about 5 years, and I had to fix those too. EVERY Fox Tbird and Cougar I have seen in the JYs have the pull straps and end trim caps missing by the time I get to them.

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88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
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Noname
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#4
Jeff, that's becasue every set I find in good shape I grab. [Image: smile.gif]

I grab all end caps the same as mine regardless of colour, that's what dye is for.

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87 TC 5-speed Black, loaded. 17psi, G3 alternator, KB subs, Grant steering wheel, custom greasable swaybar bushings, K&N. Soon to have KB Trackit Axle brackets, Maximum Motorsports lower control arms, T-3, Saab intercooler, ranger roller cam Gen1 DSM BOV and rebuilt front suspension.

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anoblefox Offline
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#5
Yes my left knee while on a road course bangs into and it actually detracts from my concentration on hard right handers. I have thought about putting foam just below while racing so that my whole leg would take the force instead of just my knee. It is a problem, and yes, they do seem to brake & pull out, although my first one (88) never did?
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Mark_R Offline
Member
#6
I'm pretty sure I'm going to yank the non-TC panels when I get a chance. They are as attractive as the TC's without the BS.
88TC 5spd, bypassed BCS, 18 psi, ram air, Jacobs ignition
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Hawk Offline
Senior Member
#7
Yes, that's the only thing I hate about my 88 TC. My 83 had flat door panels that gave me more interior space. My 88 driver's door panel digs into my knee so hard when I autocross, I can hardly walk at the end of the day.
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