North American Turbocoupe Organization



85-86 parts car for my 87?
WyldeSoul Offline
Member
#1
I keep seeing an 85-86 TC on my way to work each day. Pretty rusted up, and had been in that exact same spot for the past 5 years.

I'm thinking about possibly taking it off the owner's hands for more than a JY would pay (if the owner has no idea what they have)

I know that I should most definitely get the t3 turbo out of it, (and the interior. Far better condition than the one I have) But is there anything else that I should look to get out of the 85 style TC that would be an upgrade on my 87? I know the body is lighter than the 87, but I think that it would be too much trouble to try to upgrade the 85 to the nifty level of my 87, while still taking advantage of the weight.

(plus, I much prefer the styling of my 87.)
The Wench 1987 Turbocoupe. 5 speed. Black with Raven/Charcoal interior. Beater.
Mods: Cone filter, manual 2 stage boost controller (Gillis style), Thrush Glasspack (Pre-axle dump.)
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Robert Camp Offline
Posting Freak
#2
Other than the turbo hardly anything is an upgrade to the '87. Most people, me included, pull stuff out of '87/'88 for the '85/'86. Rear end, front brakes, computer, VAM to name a few.
Robert Camp
'86 Medium Regatta Blue TC, 5-speed, original owner.
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#3
87-88 is heavier than the earlier TCs due to the probably 100 lbs of extra wiring and mechanicals for all the power stuff, ABS, PRC, etc. Unit body for all TCs is virtually identical. Wiring harnesses are totally different, etc, etc. Very few body panels interchange.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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