Ford Mustang Forum banner

Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I have a 1990 LX 5.0 and I was wondering if the 1990 Cobra front end would fit on it? If it does then is there any mods that I might have to do to get it to fit perfectly?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,929 Posts
There was no 90 cobra . If your referring to the 93 cobra then yes it will bolt right on . It wont look right though unless you get the ground effects , fender extentions and rear bumper from a 93 cobra or gt . the gt ones are different but at least the body lines will match up .
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
46,010 Posts
The insurance companies lump the GT, 5.0 LX, and the Cobra together, it's no biggie. And most of the time the DMV follows suit on the registration too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
471 Posts
From the 1982-1993 Mustang GT Registry:


While all 1982-1993 Canadian-export Mustangs did have slight differences from their U.S. counterparts, the biggest source of confusion for most people always seems to be regarding the 1984-1992 Canadian Mustang GT’s due to the addition of the word “Cobra” to their name by Ford of Canada.
First of all, let’s get the proper terminology straight, because this is the key to generating the least amount of confusion about these cars… all 1984–1992 Mustang GT’s sold in Canada were marketed as “Mustang Cobra GT’s” by Ford. Hopefully by using ”Canadian Mustang Cobra GT” or “Cobra GT” for short, people will not be confused by other “Cobras” produced by Ford including the 1979-1981 Mustangs equipped with the Cobra package and the 1993-up SVT Cobras (more on these models later in the article).
The term “Cobra GT” is found in 1984-1992 Canadian Ford sales brochures and other Ford-produced literature in place of the term “GT” used in U.S. Mustang literature. In addition, the words “Mustang Cobra GT” were also used on the window stickers of all 1984-1992 GT’s sold in Canada. The term “Cobra GT” was a direct replacement for the word “GT” in Ford of Canada Mustang literature during this time period. Interestingly, no other Mustang models such as the L, GL, GLX, LX, LX 5.0L Sport or Turbo GT received a different name in Canada. Canadians report that this “Mustang Cobra GT” terminology is also used when registering and insuring these cars in Canada. Canadian owners have also told us that even though Ford did not call the 1982-1983 and 1993 Mustang GT's "Cobra GT's", this terminology mistakenly shows up for 1982-1983 and 1993 Mustang GT's in insurance databases.
The addition of the “Cobra” name leads many people to believe that these cars have additional performance equipment or special features over a regular U.S. GT, but that is NOT the case. The bottom line is 1984-1992 Canadian Cobra GT’s are simply the Canadian version of the U.S.-sold 1984–1992 Mustang GT. The difference is in NAME only; there are NO fundamental differences between the Canadian and U.S. GT models. Performance-wise, the 1984-1992 Canadian Cobra GT’s were absolutely no different than their American GT counterparts (including horsepower figures, available engines, transmissions and suspensions). This fact has been verified through a number of sources including the comparison of Canadian vs. U.S. Ford sales brochures and individual car’s build sheets and window stickers.
To illustrate this, we have compiled a table with some selected examples of similarities and differences between the buildsheet from a 1986 Canadian Cobra GT vs. the buildsheet from a U.S. Mustang GT:
1986 GT hatchback with 5-speed buildsheet codes
Item
U.S GT codes
Canadian Cobra GT codes
DSO - Region
1
B
DSO - District
3
4
Engine
M
(same as U.S.)
Trans
2
(same as U.S.)
Engine tag number
6K335CA
(same as U.S.)
Therm Air Pump
MO
(same as U.S.)
Trans Part Number
E6ZR FB
(same as U.S.)
Imm. Block Heater
(blank)
I
Glass - Unique
(blank)
X
Road Abrasion
(blank)
R
Driveline - Metric
(blank)
M
Driveline - Rear Axle Tag #
201A
(same as U.S.)
Suspension (numerous components)
(suspension components including springs, shocks, stabilizer bars - all codes are identical between the two)
Clusters (Instrument)
6A
6B
Catalytic Converter - Right Main
ERE
(same as U.S.)
Bumper
(blank)
B
Export/French
(blank)
C
Label Emission Control 9C485
AHN
AHP
Antifreeze
(blank)
X
Since these cars were identically equipped with options, this is a great way to illustrate any differences between Canadian and U.S. GT's. From this, we can see that while the engine, transmission, suspension, axle and emissions system all have identical codes, there are a number of differences in other items (as we talked about above).


The one and only external cosmetic difference between the Canadian Cobra GT and the U.S. GT was the addition of a “Cobra” decal to the rear of the car affixed either to the spoiler, hatch or trunk lid. These Cobra decals apparently were only affixed to 1985-1991 Cobra GT’s (not to the 1984 or 1992 models).
From 1985 to 1991, Cobra decals on Cobra GT’s came in two different colors and two different sizes. The color of the decal that each car came with was determined primarily by the color of the car and possibly the color of the body molding stripe (’87-’89) and the color of the interior. The decals came in silver or orange/red.
Decal size and placement was as follows:

We have been told that replacement Cobra GT decals are still available from Canadian Ford dealers. Reproduction Cobra GT decals can be also be found for sale from a number of Mustang vendors such as Latemodel Restoration Supply, Texas Mustang Parts, Mustangs Unlimited and Jim Osborn Reproductions. However, there does seem to be an inconsistency with the reproduction decals. While all the vendors list two different types - 1984-1986 and 1987-1991 (in both silver and red), our research indicates that 1984 Cobra GT’s did not come with decals and that the 1985 decal differed in size from the 1986-1991 decals (see the descriptions above).
One thing that people can’t seem to agree on is whether the decals were affixed to the cars at the factory or at the dealerships. A lot people we’ve heard from assume that the decals were put on after the cars arrived at the dealership since some 1985-1991 Cobra GT’s do not have a Cobra decal. However, the lack of a decal could also be explained by other reasons such as not being replaced after repainting or simply being removed by the owner. We are inclined to believe that the decals were affixed at the factory as all the other decals and emblems were on these cars (even the Canadian-specific specifications decals). We are still looking for definitive proof of this one way or the other.

The one big question that we still unfortunately have no answer to is “why in the world was the Cobra name added only to 1984-1992 Canadian GT’s?” We've seen a few theories kicked around about this topic, yet we've never seen any "official" explanation. Even contacts at Ford of Canada are unable to give an answer to this question.
The explanation we've frequently seen is that Ford had to release a car using the "Cobra" name every so often or they would lose the rights to use the name on any of their cars. Apparently, there were a number of others waiting in the wings to grab the rights to use the name including Carroll Shelby (who was the first to use the name in the first place) and Tom Solomon (builder of the 1983-1986 Predator Mustangs).
We have also heard unconfirmed reports that the Cobra name could not be used on U.S. models by Ford at the time because there was an on-going dispute with Carroll Shelby about using the Cobra designation (there is information on Shelby's web site about the lawsuit Shelby brought against Ford for using "GT350" on the '84 20th anniversary cars but there was no mention of a lawsuit about the "Cobra" name.)
One other explanation that has been offered is that the Cobra name was added to Canadian GT’s as a marketing ploy to boost sales in Canada. While any of the above theories and rumors may make sense, we cannot say for sure why the Cobra name was used for 1984-1992 Canadian GT’s.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
471 Posts
To answer your original question, the GT front fascia is a bolt-on deal. You will also need to acquire the side skirts and rear bumper cover as well, or the car will be completely out of proportion.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,801 Posts
All '84-'92 GTs sold in Canada were called "Cobra GT". Their body was NO different than any other GT of the same year sold in the USA.
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top