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This tech article goes along with the 94-97 Dash swap into a 89-93 MN12 Tech Article that I wrote up. This tech article details the installation of the 94-97 manual seat belts, sail panels, A-pillars, and door sills into a 89-93 MN12.

Manual seat belt install for 89-93 MN12s

There it is, let me know what you think.

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I haven't looked at that, as I'm running newer seats in my 90 XR7. However, I'm pretty sure it is as easy as swapping that piece out on your seat track. Worst case scenario would be that you would have to change seat tracks, but I really doubt that is necessary.

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Would it be possible to get this and the other tech article I wrote (swapping a 94-97 dash into a 89-93 MN12) moved to the tech articles section of this site? I don't have enough webspace to keep hosting these two tech articles.

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Thanks for the thanks. The pics/format of the article are OLD, but it's all still relevant.
 

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Thanks Rod..

Your write-up answered a lot of questions I had..

I was wondering how things lined up trying to install 94-97 MN12 sail panels into a 89-93 MN12..

Now I see..Not only do the sail panels not just clip into place..94-97 MN12's were never offered with Black interior.. :(

Then you have the Mark VIII..

Which was offered with a Black interior option, but the sail panels don't line up perfectly due to the different shape of the Marks quarter windows..

See what I mean:
Mark VIII Interior In A Thunderbird.jpg

I know..Some might say..Just paint the 94-97 MN12 sail panels Black!..Then I'd have to paint everything else in the interior to match.. :rolleyes:

For now..I'll keep my Automatic Seatbelts bypassed.. -->>How to Bypass Automatic Seat Belts

That is until SCTbird1994 sells me his Black 89-93 Thunderbird (Canadian) interior parts.. :diablo:






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If you paint them, Krylon fusion works wonders on them, they've got a satin semigloss that matches well and my experience with the paint has been pretty good, especially on a textured surface like the sails. Don't forget about the pillars either, they need to be painted or Canadian sourced as well.
I'll keep that paint in mind if I decide to go down that road..Thanks..

What kind of prep did you do to get optimal adhesion on those plastic interior bits?





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Same thing I use to clean them in general, 10:1 purple power and a toothbrush, and then hose them off with tap water followed by a wipe with alcohol before you paint. Smooth parts I usually roughen up with 400-600 grit, but in the case of the sails and pillars their textured surface is plenty fine for the paint to bite (so long as they're clean).
 
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