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Old 05-22-2013, 11:01 AM   #1
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2.3 turbo swap

I just finished my own turbo swap and thought I'd do a write up and include all the things I came across that weren't mentioned and/or I couldn't find any info on. This will be done in multiple posts in the course of the next few days so feel free to add or ask questions in between.

2.3 turbo swap
Donor car- 1988 Ford thunderbird turbo coupe
Recipient- 1989 Ford mustang convertible
Items to be swapped: engine, transmission, rear end, eec.

Both cars had a 5 speed transmission so those looking for auto to standard info will have to go to stinger performance.

Rear end:
Swapping the rear ends is very straight forward. Jack up both cars and put them on stands. And place a jack under the rear to be removed. Remove the drive shaft with a twelve point 12mm wrench and lay it aside. The higher the better. You can either leave the wheels on or take them off, but I found removing them made it easier. Undo the shock bolts on both cars. The mustang may require a special socket. It was a T-55 torx socket on mine. Notice the shock mounts are different. You can use either set, but if you choose to use the mustangs shocks like I did due to the better condition, you must swap the backets, but that is after both rears are out.
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Loosen and remove the upper control arm bolts at the pumpkin. The reason for this is that the upper control arms on the mustang are shorter. The lower arms are the same. After those bolts are removed, loosen but do not remove the bolts to the lower arms at the body. Lower the jack until the springs are able to be removed. You may need a friend to push up on the opposite side to remove them. Now you can raise the jack back up a little until you can remove the lower arm to body bolts. You will need to undo the brake line at the body on both cars before it can be removed. You will also need to undo the parking brake cable at either the tunnel, the brakes, or cut them like I did and repair them later if they are too seized up. Once everything is unhooked and free, you can lower the rear end. Assembly is basically reverse of removal. I put the lower arm bolts in first, put the springs in place, and raised the rear until I could get the shocks started so they would hold the springs in while I messed with the top arms. Inspect your shocks and bushings before your install the rear and replace as necessary. A little grease or oil aroumd the bushings really smooths out assembly.
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You will need to use a 10-16" section of brake line and a union to reach the junction box on your new rear end as they are on opposite sides. Leave your drive shaft out as it will just need to come back out any how. You will need to use the mustangs as the thunderbirds is a few inches longer. So now is the time to check your u joints and consider having a stronger driveline made. Replacing the fluid is recommended at this point.
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More pictures of the rear end swap. Just a side note, the springs from the turbo coupe are a little heavier duty, so if you want that taller stance in the back you can use them. Also the upper shocks from the tbird will need holea drilled which I have yet to do seeings how we did the whole swap in threw days time, so there is still more to do to button everything up.
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