Ford Thunderbird 1997, Headlight Mounting Panel by Replace®. A header panel is a support panel to which other front end body components attach. If a header panel is collision damaged it should be replaced so the front end components can be reinstalled and aligned properly. A dealer header panel can be very expensive, but don't let that deter you from making a proper repair. Replace has quality replacement header panels that are identical to original equipment (OE) for much less than the OE price. With Replace your vehicle will look like new and you'll still have cash in your pocket.
- Same quality as OE for less money
- Designed with the latest software and manufactured with modern tooling
- Direct replacement
- Installs the same as factory unit
- Same dimensions as OE part
- Same gauge sheet metal as OE
- No vehicle modifications required for installation
- Backed by a limited lifetime warranty
Some header panels are purely structural and unseen once the vehicle is assembled, while others are part of the bodywork and provide framework and mounting locations for components like the grille and headlights. Regardless of the type, the proper alignment and appearance of the front of the vehicle depends on the integrity of the header panel. Trying to straighten an accident damaged header panel is only asking for problems. Even if component attachment points are only a little bit off it will make body reassembly difficult if not impossible. Such a panel can ruin the look of the entire front end of a vehicle, that is, if you can even get the parts to bolt up.
In the past your options for replacing a damaged header panel were finding a good used panel, buying a cheap replacement, or paying big bucks for an OE header panel. Searching for a useable panel from a scrap yard is a waste of time, because you don't know its history and you may end with something that's not much better than what you already have. And many cheap replacement panels don't fit properly and aren't even made of the proper gauge sheet metal.
Today you can fix your car or truck properly and have money left in your pocket with a new quality replacement header panel from Replace. Replace offers OE quality body parts at less than original equipment prices. You get the same quality part that you'd get at the dealer without the high dealer price. A Replace header panel will look and fit just like a header panel from the dealer, so your vehicle will look new again. Replace header panels are designed using the latest software so they exactly replicate the OE units, then they're manufactured using the most modern tooling, so the end product looks and fits exactly as designed. A Replace header panel is made to the same dimensions as OE with the same gauge steel.
Body repair is expensive enough without paying more than necessary for quality parts. A Replace header panel is the sensible alternative to the high dealer price markup. A Replace header panel will get you back on the road in a car or truck that looks brand new, without breaking the bank. Replace is so confident in the quality of its header panels that they're backed by a limited lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship for as long as the original purchaser owns the vehicle on which the part is installed. This includes perforation (metal rust-through) due to corrosion in normal use.
When selecting the Replace® component that is right for your model from the Product Options list, you may be offered a choice of Good, Better or Best. Good may be a part manufactured by a different company than the one that made the original part, but because it's based on the same design, it will look and function identically to the OE part. Better may be a part made by a brand name manufacturer and Best may be a part made by the same manufacturer that made the original part. Some parts labeled Best bear the seal of the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent, non-profit organization that oversees a testing program to guarantee the quality of automotive parts. CAPA certified replacement parts meet the industry's toughest standards. But regardless of how the part is labeled, have confidence that whichever one you choose, it will appear and function to your satisfaction.