Thank you and same to you! LSs are pretty common in yards now, but they'll be thin on the ground in 5-10 years...closer to 5 if another Cash for Clunkers comes around.
You can thank the dealerships and--to a lesser extent--automakers for that bit o' legislation. They got rich off of taxpayer incentives on that month, selling everything on their lot and not needing to discount much in the process (if at all).
Those "OBS" truck parts are getting kinda spendy now, glad you got the whole dash. Luckily that isnt a problem for MN-12 Thunderbirds, just find one and grab all the bits you need!
I've had good luck with plasti-welding and, as it turns out, I will have to do just that to the speaker grille in this article. I will be consolidating clips from both grilles and welding a set of four onto the "good" one I just made!
I like that people know my brand. This is good 😀
+1 on the "desperation overrides all else" as I certainly felt that way on this junkyard trip.
I have and will continue to decry parts bin sharing as a journalist, only because I know how to do it right. The 1988 Continental clearly was a 1986 Taurus, but only the windshield tips you off. Everything else is unique. You could bolt a Taurus front clip on the Conti, but it'd make no sense with everything behind the A-pillar. That's some good engineering in my book.
Every brand needs to badge engineer like my little Conti.
Yeah when I drove this car (back in like 2015) I instantly fell in love with it. Handling was shockingly good but what got me was how much better the ride and steering was over a Town Car. I was hooked, it got me and my wallet from that moment on. Thanks for reading.
Steve, glad to hear you are a not-SHO Taurus fan...I can appreciate and relate to that with my car. Your thoughts on junkyards are spot on, thanks for sharing.
Join a Facebook group for the car in question and offer the parts. I am dumbfounded how many folks are looking there, and they are very nice when you are being generous like that.
Thank you for reading! I haven't been to an old-school junkyard like that in a long time. Too far away and I can't say I terribly enjoyed the experience last time I went. These high turnover yards aren't perfect but they will suffice.
I remember going to a junkyard back in the day for parts for my 1992 Eagle Talon Tsi AWD almost 20 years ago. It was fun to go and look for things I needed that were just not readily available. Of course back then the parts were only around 10 years old. 30+ year old parts are going to be even harder to find in in useful condition. Junkyards in the Houston area? You have a better tolerance for heat/humidity than me my friend.
Hi Tim, I assumed as much and I am glad that patience and connections make it happen. The question I asked was more rhetorical than anything, as I've personally sourced Cord 812 parts before, but it wasn't terribly easy or affordable relative to the car I found in the junkyard (of course).