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85 TC question
radguy Offline
Junior Member
#1
Well this is my first post. Guess that makes me a noobie. Anyway I am Dan I have a 85 TC project and I am from Dover Ar. Thanks for letting join your site. Hopefully I can contribute and take someting away from the site.
Now for the question, as stated above I have an 85 TC. Its gas tank is trash so I need a new one. I found a new 87 tank locally, so the question is will it fit? What are the differences?
85 TC

You don't have to be smart to race.
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Shane Wherry Offline
Senior Member
#2
Should go in with no problem. Maybe someone else can chime in.
1988 Thunderbird Sport 351w/5.8L swap, Mustang 4R70W trans swap, Turbo coupe front brakes and rear diff swap with turbo coupe prop valve, Turbo coupe hood, Turbo coupe wheels.
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ipsd Offline
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#3
Hey Dan nice to have another member here. I also think that they are the same tank. I will tell to make sure you use the correct sender for the car. That way the gas gauge should still work right. Also note that they might be the same resistence. You should be able to find that info on the sender unit. I think the 85 has the single pump setup, but there is always the chance that they used left over 84 twin pump setup also. I'm not sure if the twin pump sender is the same as the single pump but I'm sure someone here knows.
84 T/c, 88 intake,I/C, injectors, hood, PC1 ecu, E6 manifold, Brown Tops, K$N open element, BPV. Way pay to run 8 cylinders when 4 plus a turbo will get you there quicker.
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Walsted Offline
Posting Freak
#4
I think all 87 tanks (TC or not) hold more than the 85/86 TC tanks. 22 vs 18 gals, if I recall correctly. Don't know if that makes a difference about fitting, though.

While the tank is off, you may want to consider getting a 250lph hp fuel pump if you plan on doing any upgrades. The stock pump barely makes it new, and age doesn't help. If you stomp it too much with the stock pump, you risk running real lean and blowing a head gasket or something like that.

Hope this helps.
Mike Walsted - Sold my 1986 5-speed TurboCoupe
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radguy Offline
Junior Member
#5
I already have a new 255 lph pump and an adjustable regulator to go on the car with a host of other parts. The stock tank is dented bad and has the cracks patched with silicon. I will get the 87 tank this week and will post back here with the results.

Dan
85 TC

You don't have to be smart to race.
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balz24 Offline
Member
#6
I'll be pulling the tank out of my '86 parts car this week - I am keeping the 255 fuel pump that's in it but if you're interested in the tank itself and it's in good shape I'll sell it to you.
Balz

87 Turbo Coupe - T-3 turbo, FMIC, Stinger 3", CenterForce clutch, Hurst shifter, TurboXs boost valve, Kirban F.P. regulator & gauge, Walbro 255, Innovate LC-1 wideband, Forge BOV, AutoMeter gauges

2003 Thunderbird Roadster
1964 Ford F-100 V8 4spd
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WyldeSoul Offline
Member
#7
Actually, wasn't the 87 TC only fitted with an 18 gallon tank? The 3.8 and the 5.0 had the 22 gal tank.

Yeah, just checked the owner's manual. Says the 2.3 has the 18.2 gal tank, and the 3.8 and 5.0 have 22.1 gallons.

Not sure whether that means the 86 will swap in, but if the 86 has an 18 gal tank, chances are it's the same.
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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teal95 Offline
Senior Member
#8
I have an '87 TC and an '88. I have put 20 gallons in each of them for a fill-up at one point or another so I'm guessing they are both 22 gal tanks. I put 18.6 in the '87 last night (for 31.6 mpg).

steve
'83 & '84 GT turbo EEC-Tuner
'85.5 & '86 SVO twEECer
2x '87 & '88 TC QuarterHorse
'93 LX 5.0 notch Moates chips
3x '95 & '96 GT
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WyldeSoul Offline
Member
#9
Huh... Odd. Ah well.
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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xcrunnerbd Offline
Posting Freak
#10
My '87 also held over 20 gallons. I used to run it until it was on fumes (replacing 2 fuel pumps caused me to change habits). I think the most I squeezed in was 21.3 gallons.
Project 13 sec. / 30mpg in '88 TC 5Speed : [email protected] / 32+ mpg

On The Car: KN cone, 2-stage [email protected] 15psi wired to fuel switch, Kirban AFPR @ 39psi, Walbro 255 HP FP, 130A 3G Alt., Full 3" Stinger Exhaust incl. cat. no muffler,

Shelf: .48 T3, ported E6, BPV
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