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Question 1986 Mustang GT Headlight and Side Glass Conversion

I'm new to this site but I have a question about converting my mustang from the dual headlights on each side to the 1987 to 93 headlamps and also seeing if maybe the bigger quarter glass will work on my 1986 Mustang GT
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the quater glass will fit, but you will need bigger washers to hold it in. because the older glass was glued in and not bolted in, so there is no holes to bolt to. the do look nice i have them in my 82.
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The front clip change is easy and if I remember correctly from when I did it to a friends you just have to splice a couple of wires everything else is a direct fit.
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Neither conversion is as easy as anyone will make it out to be. Most of the time all of the pieces required to make it complete and look right are not purchased and changed. Then you have incomplete abominations that are desirable to no one and worth little.

Regarding the 'nose' conversion, you may think it's just a bumper cover but it's not. The physical bumper has to be changed. The same era hood is required. None of the rest of the bodyside moldings will match. Neither will the rear bumper cover. If you want the GT ground effects, holes will have to drilled in the body to rivet the retaining hardware to the body. When all of those things are changed the paint is all mismatched.

Regarding the 'quarter window' conversion, the roof rails have to be changed, there is no molding on the top edge of the doors to mate to the windows, and the interior quarter panel will have a large gap between it and the window, and the mounting studs will be exposed. If you want to add the door molding, holes will have to be drilled. Then the mirrors won't match. Manual mirrors are hard to find and a switch for electric mirrors is difficult to put in a suitable location. If you change the interior quarter panels, some new screw holes will have to be drilled and your existing cargo cover/privacy shade and carpet won't fit. And a new hole will have to be drilled for the front upper seat belt anchor, and the old hole plugged. If you change all of that, the rest of the interior color won't match.

It is far easier and less expensive to buy the car you desire and sell the car you don't.
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I know its not gonna be easy but I really like this old mustang I just don't like the nose or quarter glass.I've seen some of them that actually have been converted over to the 88 and up but I just want the LX hatch look, not the GT.I got a hell of a deal on this car and I'm not loosing anything by putting the work into it.Thanks for the info tho FoxChassis I'll make sure I do it right the 1st time.
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Try www.foureyedpride.com . The look from the front of your mustang might grow on you after you see a couple of these cars. Also try www.cardomain.com there are some really sweet four headlight mustangs on this site.
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There's a lot of 1986 and older model owners and they'll plead with you to keep the 4 eyes. It's your car, and if you want to do the conversion at least now you know the differences like Fox told you about.
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i know its your car ......

but considering how rare the 4 eyed car are becoming you may want to sell it and purchace an aero nose car....

for that matter you may end up making a few dollar and having the car you want....

i hate see a classic car rendered to worthless.....

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Ok I understand what you all are saying BUT if I decide to change it then its my call ya know? But the 4 eyes are kind of growing on me and besides I found a bumper cover for it that I like on ebay.Its a little different than the stock one.
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