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Upgrading a 1991-93 Mercury Capri to a 1994 Mercury Capri

Updated on July 16, 2011
Rear of a 94 with spoiler and taillights . The valance is seen under both of them above the bumper
Rear of a 94 with spoiler and taillights . The valance is seen under both of them above the bumper
Valance unattached to car
Valance unattached to car
91-93 model rear with spoiler and taillights
91-93 model rear with spoiler and taillights
with no valance, there is a 1" gap between the taillight and bumper. The Valance corrects it.
with no valance, there is a 1" gap between the taillight and bumper. The Valance corrects it.
Back of a 91 with no tailights or valance
Back of a 91 with no tailights or valance
The valance installed fills the gaps nicely
The valance installed fills the gaps nicely
The valance without the tailights installed.
The valance without the tailights installed.

For those who are owners of this rare Ford Mercury car made from 1991-94 in Australia and shipped to the US, many wish their 1991-93 models look like a 1994. Why? Like some cars, the evolution of its style sometimes takes time to improve. Look at a 1964 Corvair and 1965 year, the the 65 is THE style that made it a collector car. The 1991-93 Mercury Capris all look the same, all 66,000 ever made (only about 10,000 remain operational). For some reason, when Mercury decided to make the 94 version its last (only 5000 made), they made the 94 style much more appealing: More rounded bumpers, different rear spoiler, different rear taillights, different seat style, 5-spoke wheels, and different center console. All of these things should have been there from 1991. The differences are significant enough for owners of 91-93 models to convert it to a 94. Because only 5000 1994 models were made, finding the parts is difficult.

Costs:

  • 1994 bumpers- $125-50 each.
  • 1994 taillights- $150-200 a pair
  • 1994 console- $50
  • 1994 rear spoiler-$200-300
  • 1994 5-spoke wheels- $200-400 a set of 4
  • 1994 Rear Valance- $100-130

Most owners of the 91-93 models will upgrade to 5-spoke wheels and new taillights first. They improve the car's appearance in a major way. Seriously major way. Then, some will want the bumpers. Unlike the wheels and taillights, which are a must, the bumpers are more optional because some like them and some do not. The rear spoiler differences make most prefer the 94 style which blends in with the rear trunk lid and has a built LED backup light. The center console is a must because it is much more practical to use for drinks and to carry items. The rear valance is also a must. Problem is, the service manual fails to even mention this metal part at all, so people call it different names.

The valance is important to complete the 94 conversion and it is subtle yet noticeable when omitted and when installed. The valance is a metal part that is held on by two screws in the rear. The license attaches to it and the part of it fills the one inch gap between the bottom of the 94 tailights and top of the bumper. This gap is created when you switch the 91-93 taillights to 94, they are made different. The rear valance is purely cosmetic to the body but it is noticeable if it is not there.

Thus, if you are converting and using 94 taillights, be sure to ask for the valance part.

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