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Trying to find parts 88TC
tqd7mb Offline
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Hello all

I have an 88 turbo coupe in pretty good shape. I want to recondition her and finding decent parts are incredibly hard. I have black with scarlett red interior. So does anyone make seat covers? Where can i find switches for door locks? What i really want is the console switch plate for dual seats. I cant believe how hard this is. Any ideas where i can get to bring her back? Thanks
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BJL Offline
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The door locks and center console cover can have vinyl overlays placed on them.
https://www.dancolettering.com/store/turbocoupe.php
Brian Larkin
88TC 330,000 miles
Slightly Modified
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
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No one makes exact fit or even "more or less fit" seat covers. Mustang seat covers will not fit.

When I bought my 88 TC 20+ years ago the seats weren't in great shape. Took my seats to a local automotive upholstery guy. He found near exact matching seat fabrics and rebuilt the seat foam, etc. Seats came out looking like brand new seats. The only down side..... cost to redo the seats was $1300 20 some years ago.
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.
11 Crown Vic Interceptor
14 Toyota Camry (wifes car)
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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anasazi4st Offline
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(09-27-2023, 01:14 AM)tqd7mb Wrote: Hello all

I have an 88 turbo coupe in pretty good shape. I want to recondition her and finding decent parts are incredibly hard. I have black with scarlett red interior. So does anyone make seat covers? Where can i find switches for door locks? What i really want is the console switch plate for dual seats. I cant believe how hard this is. Any ideas where i can get to bring her back? Thanks

Welcome to the challenges of owning a 35+ year old car!

In 2001 I set up a search on eBay and have been collecting parts ever since. I probably have a small warehouse—well, an average-sized room—full of parts. Some are (were) new (some are New Old Stock [NOS]), many are used that I either bought from there or got from salvage yards, or new from the dealer or parts store.

Sadly you’re kind of late to the game, so to speak. Every year there are fewer and fewer parts available. 30 years ago you could visit a local yard and there was a good chance you’d find a Turbo Coupe there, or maybe at least a Fox body Mustang or standard T-Bird. Those days are long gone. I know of one car that’s pretty much stripped down to nothing 120 miles away in Tucson, and one in a yard in Northern California that’s mostly complete but the guy wants a fortune to ship parts. It’s probably cheaper to drive there in a U-Haul truck and just load it up, avoiding that shipping.

I couldn’t even tell you the last time I saw another TC on the road, or even parked somewhere.

Generally, many Mustang parts will fit our cars—but generally not body or interior stuff. Engine, transmission, some suspension, etc. Since there were and are so many Mustangs sold, you can often get a new replacement part by just walking into a parts store—the better counter people will help you determine if it will fit your car by its listing and doing some research. And there is RockAuto.com.

There is a site called Car-part.com (there is also an app) that is a database of salvage yards in the US and Canada. You put in the info and it tells you what salvage yards have that part. It’s often inaccurate in that the yard doesn’t properly list the stuff. Fort example, it might say it’s a Turbo Coupe but in reality it’s a standard Thunderbird or even a Super Coupe. The people I have done business with have sent photos to verify it’s the correct part.

One thing that happens is you become incredibly ingenious at either modifying another part or fashioning one yourself that will work.

If you have a list of what you need we can try and help you locate it based on our experience.
Another proud dues-paying member.

1987 Turbo Coupe w/T5OD, 8.8 axle, grey smoke; most options. Got it in 1991 with 41K miles: 3 turbos, 2 heater cores, 3 T5OD full rebuilds, 6 clutches, 1 head gasket, 2 Teves II ABS units, etc. later....
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BradM Offline
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There is also a facebook group "Thunderbird Turbo Coupe Enthusiast Page" that's pretty active. Post your needs list there.
1965 Mercury Comet Caliente; 1968 Mercury Monterey; 1969 F100 Ranger; 1982 Mustang; 1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe; 2017 Police Interceptor
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ABird Offline
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"Where can i find switches for door locks?"
Have you tried carefully taken them apart and cleaning the contacts with a very fine grit sand paper.  I have done this to a number of switches in the car.  They get corroded over time and that's why they don't work.  It's an easy fix.
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