1985 2.3L Turbo Coupe Grille

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TBird23T
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1985 2.3L Turbo Coupe Grille

Post by TBird23T » Tue May 14, 2019 4:19 pm

Just started an 85 turbo coupe project and notice it has a grille that doesn't seem common. The front grille has one horizontal "cross bar" with what looks like a seat for the bird emblem.

I'm wondering if this was original from the 30th Anniversary models or some after market grille.

Anyone know anything about it?

Thanks!
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Alan H. Tast
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Re: 1985 2.3L Turbo Coupe Grille

Post by Alan H. Tast » Tue May 14, 2019 5:45 pm

Never seen this treatment before. Definitely not OEM/factory as all '83-'86s had an "eggcrate"-type grille. Such large openings wouldn't help the turbo setup unless an aftermarket aftercooler was installed (?).
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Re: 1985 2.3L Turbo Coupe Grille

Post by TBird23T » Tue May 14, 2019 5:59 pm

Thanks for the reply.

The engine looks all original with no signs of mods or aftermarket parts. It probably is aftermarket, which is odd considering everything appears to be original. It has been sitting over 20 years.

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Re: 1985 2.3L Turbo Coupe Grille

Post by Dansbirds » Sun May 26, 2019 6:26 pm

I think it was FMS that made those, my parents ordered a 83 back in 83 and par of the package that Ford gave them when it arrived was a accessory/add on booklet and that was one of the item. I still have it the calendar and the key chain here somewhere. If I can find it I’ll post some pics
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