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Old 02-23-2012, 04:58 PM   #1
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5.0 to 2.3 turbo

I recently purchased a 88 turbo coupe. I'm on the hunt for a foxbody to put it in. I'm trying to find a 4cyl body but if I can't what would I need to put a 2.3 in a 5.0 body. Are the k members the same or do I need a 4 cyl member. I have found some stuff about going from a 2.3 to a 5.0 but not the other way around. I have all the stuff to do the swap like the brain & wire harness (2 of each), engine, trans, rear diff. Also do I have to get a 2.3 foxbody bell housing or would I be able to convert the foxbody to the tc hydrolic clutch? The tc is a foxbody car but I don't know how different it is from the foxbody stang. I thought to ask here first because this is the best place to ask. Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:04 PM   #2
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The K members are the same so either the v8 car or 4banger body will work for you. If you have a complete TC car for parts I would swap the rear end ( I think it has disc brakes). The front springs on 50 cars are slightly beefier for the added weight other than that if you find a car in good shape you won't have any issues.
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Yea I have the complete tc. I was planning on putting that rear in too, I thought it would be cool to have a 4 lug with disc brakes in the rear (only other stang to do that was the svo). About the k member, thats just what I wanted to hear thank you. Will the slip yoke on a 5.0 car go into the 2.3 trans (both are wc t5)?
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I don't believe so, the 2.3 is smaller I think
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:14 PM   #5
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I know the input shafts are different but idk about the output shafts.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:15 PM   #6
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This is an interesting thread. You would think most people go from the 2.3 to the 5.0. Curious as to why you wanna 2.3? Very interested in following this build it's awesome.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:21 PM   #7
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the input shaft is smaller on the 2.3 which makes the pilot bearing different.

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This is an interesting thread. You would think most people go from the 2.3 to the 5.0. Curious as to why you wanna 2.3? Very interested in following this build it's awesome.
this is very interesting.but he already has the TC so all he needs is a good body so he may not technically be swapping the 302 out.
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This is an interesting thread. You would think most people go from the 2.3 to the 5.0. Curious as to why you wanna 2.3? Very interested in following this build it's awesome.
I'm going to a 2.3 turbo. If you look around when the svo came out it out performed the 5.0 at the time.

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the input shaft is smaller on the 2.3 which makes the pilot bearing different.
I know the input shafts are different, I wanted to know if the output shafts are different. I'm thinking I might have to change the slip yoke on the driveshaft.

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this is very interesting.but he already has the TC so all he needs is a good body so he may not technically be swapping the 302 out.[/QUOTE]

I'm looking for a body, just trying to find some stuff out in case I get a 5.0 body & not a 2.3 body. I'm thinking it will be a lil easier if I can find 1 that all ready had a 4 cyl in it.
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This is an interesting thread. You would think most people go from the 2.3 to the 5.0. Curious as to why you wanna 2.3? Very interested in following this build it's awesome.
, I have done the 2.3 to 5.0 swap on an 87 mustang and also had a mint 93 5.0 that I should've never sold. Well, I found a 93 2.3 last month with an excellent body and the idea of putting a turbo on it was very intriguing. I know of none in my area so it will be something different. A V8 car defiantly has a power advantage but a screaming turbo 4 is equally as fun and some cases faster than a naturally aspirated 8. Plus the ultimate sleeper factor.
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i think its pretty cool.i wouldnt mind having a turbo 4 banger.i would never get rid of what i got but if i had room in the garage for one more that might be it.

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im pretty sure the output is the same.the driveshaft should work.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:45 PM   #11
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I'm looking for a body, just trying to find some stuff out in case I get a 5.0 body & not a 2.3 body. I'm thinking it will be a lil easier if I can find 1 that all ready had a 4 cyl in it.[/QUOTE]

One more thing just hit me, a 5.0 body will have also been beat up more than the 2.3. After years of more torque twisting the body it will show some fatigue around the pillars and other areas of the frame. Nothing wrong with a clean 50 body just something else to consider
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The sleeper factor is a big reason for the build. Most people see a single tail pipe & think that stang ain't got nothing. A stock 2.3 turbo can handle 25-30 lbs of boost (not the stock turbo mind you), & can handle almost 300hp. When its done it should be a lot of fun.
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The sleeper factor is a big reason for the build. Most people see a single tail pipe & think that stang ain't got nothing. A stock 2.3 turbo can handle 25-30 lbs of boost (not the stock turbo mind you), & can handle almost 300hp. When its done it should be a lot of fun.
Keep us posted throughout the build,
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yes we want to know all the juicy details
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:33 PM   #15
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For sure. I've done a couple of builds but never chronicled any of them. I think I'm gonna keep track of everything as I go. Once I get started on the actual tear down & build I'm gonna get lots of pics & what not. I'll try to get a build thread going.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:09 PM   #16
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I got a foxbody yesterday, 89 LX 4 cyl auto. So I guess I should start an official build thread. Let the games begin
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:30 PM   #17
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I started a build thread. The title is 2.3 turbo build.
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