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    I have half a mind to go pull a '90 driver's inner fender from the yard tomorrow, but I don't really understand how they're held in place. Specifically, how are the liners secured to the fender itself? Last time I tried getting one I removed all the obvious screws and bolts but the thing was still pretty locked in. The shop manuals don't seem to have any information on this part, unless there's a body-specific manual I'm missing.

    My '87 fender liner will still get the job done, but in swapping out the air cleaner box and washer reservoir I'm eliminating the spot for the air ride compressor. Seems they solved that problem in '90 by hiding it in a little compartment underneath.

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    Here is what the 1991 Ford Shop Manual has for CV/MGM:



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    I would think it would be easier to remove the fender first then the inner fender. Are you thinking the '90 inner fender will fit your '87 TC ? The 90 was a totally different towncar.

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    Thanks, Vic. Looking at my own shop manual now I see the exact same diagram. Don't know how I missed that before. And yeah, if the manual is any guide, I guess they wanted you to remove the fender before getting the 'apron' off. The rivets must be hidden otherwise. Interesting that they'd use rivets over screws or bolts for a plastic piece.

    As far as compatibility, I have no idea whether it'd work. The '90 still has the 5.0, so I figure everything within the engine bay would be compatible. The big question is whether the fender metal is similar enough.

    The yard charges $11 for one, so if I can get it out I'm not averse to trying.

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    I’ve snatched the liner out of a ‘90-‘91 twice now. It’s fairly straight forward, and there’s no need to remove the fender. Essentially there’s some bolts towards the radiator support, all the plastic push rivets along the outside edge towards the fender, and a little clamp bolted to the frame.

    Once you look at it and get going, it’s not that bad. You may have to remove the cruise control servo, relay/vacuum box, and washer fluid/coolant tank for removal though.

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    Was that a '90-'91 Town Car liner, or from a Vic or Grand Marquis? I can imagine a 90s Box would swap over fine, but whether the Aero TC liner works in a Box is the question. Or, I suppose, whether you can take a '90-'91 Ford or Mercury liner and put it in a Box TC. Though if you went that route I assume you'd lose the space for mounting an air ride compressor.

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