I'm not considering letting the car go because of the arm rests. I'm
explaining why getting arm rests for such a vehicle is a priority to
I have checked the local scrap yards and come up empty handed. Are
there any companies that might sell such things?
Have you tried the online recycling networks? If you don't find what
you want you can put in an order for something and wait.
What's wrong with the original ones? Can something be done with them?
How bad do you want them? I'm sure a complete door is available from an
online recycler. I'm not suggesting you buy new doors, but it you find
doors, you found armrests.
PS. When I make the local dealer laugh, I know I did a good thing. I
love to pull my 83' Chevy up to the Chevy showroom window and go in
with the now 9 year old girl and look over all the shiny new products.
Now they don't even bother to leave their cubicles. They just listen as
we inspect. A 9 year old enjoys sliding on a newly waxed floor under a
I've put in on one of the recycling networks and will try others as I
find them. I can certainly wait -- I've waited this long, eh?
The originals are covered in vinyl that has torn, fallen off and
generally disintegrated. I'm tempted to try replacing them with wood.
The idea of a new door is interesting though as the hinges are also
shot and the body shop wants $600 to replace them. Getting around that
will be a future project.
Make the dealer laugh? I take my new 1992 Dakota pickup when I visit
the dealers. I explain that is the newest car I own but I'm getting
real serious about buying something -- probably will in the next five
years or less.
Just keep your eyes open. Ford sold tons of these cars, but they are 20 years
It may take some time. Didn't Tempos use the same arm rests through 1993 or did
change around 1987 or so? If the newer ones are the same, finding them shouldn't
Chris, I've read through all the other posts to this point, and it seems
you may be better off buying a whole car or two to have on hand for
parts. There are a lot of "granny" cars from this time frame to be had
with very little drive wear (good interiors, door hinges, etc.) and very
cheap... $200-$300... you may even find one with the same int/ext
colors! for parts, try
for whole cars, the local classifieds seem to be more populated with
Tempos (and don't forget to look at the Topaz too!), but check
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