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Dim Headlight Fix
andrewjs18 Offline
Dim headlamp fix

Well, one of the best ways to save your yellowed headlamps is to apply a Plastic Cleaner (3M# 051131-39017) followed with a Plastic Polish (3M# 051131-39010) but if your headlamps are too far beyond, then consider following Kathy and Don's instructions below. They will help walk you through the replacement of your Genuine Ford Replacement Headlamps. Kathy and Don can be reached at [email protected] if you have a specific question regarding this procedure.

87-88 Thunderbirds: To see or not to see (at night!)

We have a 1988 Thunderbird Sport 5.0. I replaced the old yellowed/fogged/moisture filled headlights last summer and what a difference it has made. The headlights are still available from Ford, part numbers are: (E7SZ-13007-A) and (E7SZ-13007-B) and the list price is only $44.77 ea. (don't let anyone tell you otherwise, the stories of a hundred + dollars each borders on maximum greed at its lowest).
To replace the lights, pull the halogen headlight bulb out of the back of the lamp (don't loosen the screw on retainer lock) and remove the in-board parking lamp (between headlight and grille). If headlight alignment is OK, there is no need to TOUCH THE ADJUSTOR SCREWS AT ALL, just release the mounting bolts behind the header panel, undo the lamp and pull the whole headlamp and adjuster unit out in one piece. If you have examined the assembly, and noticed that the adjuster screws need replacement, here are the part numbers for those pieces:

(2 for each headlamp)#E7SZ-13032-C ($5.44 ea.)
(1 for each headlamp)#E7SZ-13032-D ($5.41 ea.)

IT IS NOT ECONOMICAL TO BUY THE WHOLE HEADLAMP ASSEMBLY, since it will end up being more expensive than purchasing these parts separately. To continue, you will see 3 twist locks on the back of the adjuster panel. Turn them to open (they are hard to turn, brittle, and may need replacement!) and the old fogged/yellowed/moisture filled plastic headlamp will separate from the adjuster plate. Re-install the new headlamp on the adjuster plate, twist the locks closed and bolt the unit in place. Re-install inner marker light and check the headlamp alignment and you can see at night again!
It's a very easy, reasonable and smart project to be able see again in the dark!

contributed by Kathy and Don Holton, 1997

raingram70 Offline
Junior Member
So, I'm a moron..... I didn't look at the date this was posted, and went looking for Ford dealers that had the parts. Strangely enough, I did find the inner park lamps are still available at Lakeland Ford in Florida.....

Jeff K Offline
Note that the post discusses the 87-88 Tbird SPORT (5.0 V8), NOT the TC. I am 99% sure the headlamp housings, park lamp housings, and inner lamp housings are unique to the TC. The "regular" 87-88 Tbird parts (5.0 and 3.8 engines), as well as the late 80s Mustang parts are darn close to the TC units, but do not fit the TC. Since the TC parts in good condition are VERY hard to find the prices of good parts are astronomical.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
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vegas_ss Offline
Senior Member
The left and right inners state w/turbo although the other parts don't specify turbo but are also not available.
1987 TC, 5sp, Boport Stage 3 Head/2.1 Cam
1996 Impala SS, DCM, Borla Cat Back, too much other stuff!!! (SOLD)
2009 Pontiac G8 GXP 6M, 6.2l LS3, Kooks Long Tube, Hi Flo Cats, Mild Cam

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