There's always something I wondered about these cars.
I worked for a L/M dealer for close to 10 years ... and it never came to me to check into this.
Long story short .....
Can the front end & tail end parts including bumpers be swapped amongst years ..... _IF_ you obtain all the year correct pieces along with the bumpers ?.
While the tucked bumpers of the 85-89 have their advantages, it was an 84 Signature & Cartier T/C that I really fell in lust with more than 20 years ago, & I seem to prefer that look more than the 85-89.
Other than having to snag the all trim around the 80-84 bumpers, the rear center reflector & the tail lamps with corner pieces along with the actual bumpers themselves ... would it work ?.
Anyone "been there done that before" ?.
I can't recall if the big rear reflector assembly & tail lamps had any kind of curves on their mounting base(s) where it bolted to the rear panel of the car itself on the 85-89's.
That could be a problem.
The 80-84 center reflector piece was pretty much straight up & down when mounted. The 85-89's panels & tail lamps have a slight angle to them when mounted.
The way I see it ...
The rear most end panel of the car where the center reflector bar & tail lamps mount, was either
1) re-tooled to give that slight slant in 1985-1989.
2) The rear area of the body shell was left alone, and the backside of the 85-89 reflector & tail lamp assembly themselves, were designed in such a way to give the installed panel & tail lamps that slight slope look.
That was probably clear as mud ... I'm sure most are asking themselves ... "WTF is he talking about ?.
Hopefully it's not clear as mud to all. And some understand what I mean in regards to the non-slope 80-84 vs the slight slope of the 85-89's.