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Old 05-26-2013, 06:38 AM   #1
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picked up a 1990 2.3 na

Hey guys I just picked up another pony I have a 04 gt and a 87 gt vert. Both obviously being eights. But with this car I want to stay a little four. I would like it to be boosted but my question is Wilbur the best way to do it? Should I build this engine and do the turbo swap or go the thunder bird turbo engine swap/build way. I have never had a turbo car so I am basically lost with this. Any input or help with which way is best, would be greatly appreciated!
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Find a donor tbird/xr7/whatever. The head is different in the turbo cars, and it's going to be easier to have the turbo manifold, computer, VAM, etc. The stock turbo motors are tough and shouldn't need you to crack them open if you want to make some decent power.
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Find a donor tbird/xr7/whatever. The head is different in the turbo cars, and it's going to be easier to have the turbo manifold, computer, VAM, etc. The stock turbo motors are tough and shouldn't need you to crack them open if you want to make some decent power.
+1 a complete turbo swap is wayyyyyyyy cheaper
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Ok thanks any specific years?
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Ok thanks any specific years?
I think the 87+ cars have smaller turbos(IHI instead of T3). All are forged. Heads are all the same.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:10 PM   #6
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And the thunder birds will have the 2.3 correct I could only find ones near me under a 1000 $ that are thunder bird sc edition and I believe they were 3.6 or something like that. Might have to see what treasures the junkyard holds.
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Thunderbird turbocoupes have the 2.3t but they have a smaller turbo
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Thunderbird turbocoupes have the 2.3t but they have a smaller turbo
I thought the early turbocoupe have the t3?
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Non intercooled Tc had the t3 but there very rare
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Non intercooled Tc had the t3 but there very rare


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For sale ? Just kidding looks nice though. Can't seem to find one on the Wisconsin c list .
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For sale ? Just kidding looks nice though. Can't seem to find one on the Wisconsin c list .
Patience. They're getting more and more rare with time.
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Yeah, just hard when 302 set ups are a dime a dozen.
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Yeah, just hard when 302 set ups are a dime a dozen.
Which is why I'm going 4cyl turbo. Nothing wrong with a Windsor, but i've got my 04 for my v8 fix. It's tough being different in the mustang world.. 89 coupe with a TC swap is just different enough to satisfy me.
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Exactly!
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2.3turbos are just bad to the bone a good friend of mine has one that has 350hp!!!!!
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2.3turbos are just bad to the bone a good friend of mine has one that has 350hp!!!!!
Stock turbo?
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Stock turbo?
That would be alittle hard on the factory svo turbo
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That would be alittle hard on the factory svo turbo
That's what I was thinking ha ha
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