Thanks everyone! This information is extreamly helpful. Right now, (as mentioned) I'm a little short on fun-money and Ebay only currently has a digital 1995 Windstar cluster (even if that would work, I wouldnt want it) and ones from newer models.
I'm also considoring SE head lamps (the crystal clear ones) and newer alloy wheels (from a 2K+ model). I found a NICE set on Ebay in Houston, Texas (I pass right through Houston on my trips accross country) but a lack of funds is keeping them out of my grasp.
I dont know if I've mentioned this on the board before, but some about a year and a half ago, I was in a major car wreck. I was in a 1990 Accord and was hit by a full size GM pickup (1996 or so). I tweaked my back and have worked very little since. I'm waiting for a settlement and when that comes though, I'm going to be doing a lot of work to my 1992 Tempo LX and (hopefully) keep this Taurus as a daily driver. If that settlement doesnt come through in a few months, I may be forced to sell one or both of my Taurus'.
Both of my Taurus' need their power steering systems repaired. The rack is leaking on the 1993 and I think the pump is going out on the 1988. I plan to repalce (or have it done) both pump and rack on both cars. Both Taurus' need a tune up. The 1988 has a major coolant leak (radiator) and trans leak. The 1993 has a very small coolant leak and the trans doesnt leak at all.
I was planning to part out the 1988 but the HSC I4 purrs like a kitten and the body is virtually dent-free. I cant see parting out a car thats got so much going for it. I have a feeling that the trans leak is easily repairable but even if its not, I still think the car is worth fixing. The interior (aside from missing the knobs on the climate controls) is nice. The dash isnt cracked and the seats are not ripped or fadded. The carpet has come up slightly around the drivers area but a carpet kit isnt that expensive.
The 1993's dash is cracked in two places and the little "grille" on the passenger side vent is broken. The carpet is torn in one place but the seats are nice, they look almost new. The body has a few dents, dings, scratches, etc. One fender is darker than the rest of the car and the bumper support is pushed in slightly. Its clear the car was in a slight wreck on this side but not hard enough to make the Air Bag go off.
I really dont plan to have the body on the 1993 repaired. From a reasnoble distance, it looks fine. Its a daily driver/commuter car. I like the car but if I want to make a Taurus of this gen. nice, I will find one with LESS than 200K, LOL. I want to concentrate on my Tempo before getting a Taurus project going. I hate not having a tachometer, even though with an automatic I dont actually "need" one. I havnt buried the 85 MPH spedo yet, and I dont plan to, but I like having the new-style look of 120 MPH gauges.