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My console control panel.....
vinnietbird Offline
Senior Member
#1
I'm going to be installing a passenger side power seat in the Sport. I got the seat track,harness and control panel.Everything is great except the control panel.It's scuffed,scratched,and in general,ugly.I removed the aluminum insert panel (VERY carefully....they are easily bent).I then stripped it to bare metal,smoothed a couple of tiny dents and painted it,applied the markings I had made for me,then applied a protective coating. I didn't apply the little white lines for the seat switches,I liked it better without them.Here's the results.......


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1988 Thunderbird. No details will be given or spoken of.
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zbird Offline
Posting Freak
#2
Looks great Vinnie!! Maybe I can send you my panel so you can get it done. LOL. Heck I aint even removed the power seat track from the parts car yet. Hey, did you get your header on yet?
Dom Z
88 T/C med grey. 140 MPH Speedo, Kirban FPR, Gillis valve,Tripminder, K&N.
87 T/C Silver, Auto (project Daily driver)
99 F150 4x4
14 Ford Escape 2.0L Turbo
IF YOU DRIVE A FORD YOU DON'T NEED A GOODWRENCH!!
88 T/C http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZihO_D1FLCE
87 Silver http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dVU5axnb...ature=plcp
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qumanchew Offline
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#3
Looks good man, I like it!
87 tbird 5 speed with 3.73, 255 pump, kirban, large front mount, custom rotated upper, AC & pwr steering gone, .48 T3, ported E6, 3" DP. Shelf: T3T4
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vinnietbird Offline
Senior Member
#4
Hey Z. Nope,not on yet. No time for anything.I'll get it painted eventually.I got distracted and have been working on other things. I installed the roller rockers last week,been working around the house a lot The job that pays me,and restoring (so to speak) the center console panel.I've had a lot of people PM me to do these panels.I'll probably start doing them for a little extra funds,but at a price that makes it affordable and worth it to folks.I've got a couple of single power seat panels I'm going to do as well. I hope to have the a/c equipment back on soon.I did get the replacement intake on.I used an explorer upper and removed the fins in a manner that allowed the Australian "FPV" emblem (Ford Performance vehicles) to be inlayed into it.Nice in my opinion.I also polished it for a little extra eye candy.LOL.

I appreciate the thumbs up from you guys.I can't find an NOS replacement,so,this was the next best thing I can do.It's not totally factory ,but nice enough that no-one would notice unless they are true T-Bird/Cougar guys.
1988 Thunderbird. No details will be given or spoken of.
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turbot79 Offline
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#5
i think it looks fantastic man you do really nice work
88 tc, hbc, t3t4, 3"throttle body,3" stinger exhaust, msd, 18psi, Tial 50mm bov, Esslinger adjustable round tooth timing kit, rods header on the way and many more to come
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vinnietbird Offline
Senior Member
#6
It was a challenge to get a nice,factory appearing look,but it worked pretty well.If anyone needs one done,We can talk.PM me.
1988 Thunderbird. No details will be given or spoken of.
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BJL Offline
Moderator
#7
drooooooooooolll
i need the one in my 87 redone...
the overlays aerobird had were decent but it has started to peel a bit.....

vinnie i think you just started your own business!
Brian J Larkin
88TC 320k miles
T3, FMIC ,3in stinger exhaust, gillis,
255 walbro, afpr, 5spd swap,spec clutch, sn95 5 lug,.
89 Cougar XR7 3.8SC Auto
95 Ranger Splash 3.0 auto
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vinnietbird Offline
Senior Member
#8
I told some friend's I'd do theirs for $40.00 which includes return shipping in bubble wrap and well packaged.

I'm having more markings made tomorrow.I've got to get busy with them.As I stated above,I've got two single power seat panels I'm starting on tomorrow,then I'll go from there.I actually enjoyed the challenge of getting a nice overall look.
1988 Thunderbird. No details will be given or spoken of.
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Spooler87 Offline
Posting Freak
#9
I am VERY interested in geting some of those markings Vinnie. I'd be happy just buying those, if you could swing picking up an extra set.
All hail Project "Marauder" !
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Spooler87 Offline
Posting Freak
#10
OH, I forgot to ask you,


Do you have any of those scoop blockoffs laying around for teh TC hood? Mine are useless now, but I'd like to block them off just in case!
All hail Project "Marauder" !
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