Re: Telling them apart
Reason why you've seen EL Fairmonts with the clear lights from the EF is because these clear lights were standard on the higher spec cars (Fairmont and Fairmont Ghia). Lower series models such as the gli, futura and xr series used the lights with the amber (orange) indicators. There are many ways you can tell the difference between EF Fairmonts and EL Fairmonts. In point form these are:
1) The EF Fairmont had locks on both driver and passenger front doors, wheres the EL had a lock only on the drivers side. Passenger door handle is different to EF to compensate for this.
2) The 'B' pillar on EF models was body coloured whereas on the EL this was black.
3) The front grille on the EF Fairmont was smaller and the surround was body coloured. On the EL the surround was chrome and had a horizontal bar running across it with the Ford badge in the middle.
4) The side indicators on the EF were triangular whereas the EL had different mouldings and a rounder amber coloured indicator.
5) last one promise....
The EL Fairmont had thin chrome strips on the door mouldings whereas the EF mouldings were all body coloured.
Hope this helps!! The differences i've listed above make reference to the exterior of the car. If you want a run down on the interior differences gimmie a yell....