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88 TC tuneup
ShawnofMds Offline
Junior Member
#1
This is my first time posting on here. I bought an 88 TC about 2 weeks ago and it needs some minor odds and ends. As far as I know its bone stock,and being a noob to these cars I wanted to hear some of your opinions. I'm going to be buying new plugs, wires, o2 sensor (probably a wideband), changing all the fluids and various other little parts. I was wondering if anyone has pimped a stock TC, and how much it made a difference. Also if there are any other cheap upgrades that will help performance. I know about stingers products, but don't want to go that route just yet. I did get another engine with the car, so I can have that rebuild into a nasty engine later on
Thanks, Shawn
1988 Turbo Coupe, 5 speed, all stock. In the process of getting it on the road.
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Dan S Offline
Administrator
#2
Welcome to the Board!

Use Motorcraft wires and plugs for a bone stock engine. Same goes for the cap & rotor. Getting it running good is the first consideration, then you can start with some minor upgrades. As for a PiMP with a stock or very mild mod motor, it will make a world of difference, like night & day. But now is a good time to get used to everything on the stock engine first.
Also, let the Suffolk County Police and Troop L guys admire the car for a while before they have to stop you!

:thumbup: :pimp:


Dan S
Custom 88 TC, Mandarin Copper Pearl Metallic
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1972 Ford F-100 SWB Styleside
2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3 EcoBoost AWD
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Pete D Offline
Administrator
#3
Welcome.
You can find part numbers for the plugs and wires in the Part Number Forum: http://natomessageboard.com/ubbthreads.p...=11&page=1


Here is a link to the basic modification that are needed first, to get the most out of other mods you may want to do later.
http://turbotbird.com/techinfo/Mods/Mods01.htm
Pete Dunham


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ShawnofMds Offline
Junior Member
#4
Thanks for the help, I'm going to have a nice order in at ford on monday.The biggest pain is going to be changing the rear parking brake cables, or just finding them first.
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1988 Turbo Coupe, 5 speed, all stock. In the process of getting it on the road.
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#5
Buy your Motorcraft tuneup parts from Rockauto, not Ford!! Example: dealer will want $60+ for the plug wires. Rockauto has them for $19. Same for other parts.
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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ianbfromct Offline
Senior Member
#6
Jeff K Wrote:Buy your Motorcraft tuneup parts from Rockauto, not Ford!! Example: dealer will want $60+ for the plug wires. Rockauto has them for $19. Same for other parts.


Speaking of Ford Wires..I cant find any of the Motorcraft spark plug wires on Rock Auto do you know if they are on there under a different car?
88 5 speed TC
-3" DP,lowered, 255 Walbro, Gillis valve, Cobra R's, bondo/rust, Stinger's PIMP Ecu
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ianbfromct Offline
Senior Member
#7
Dan S Wrote:Welcome to the Board!

As for a PiMP with a stock or very mild mod motor, it will make a world of difference, like night & day.

:thumbup: :pimp:


Yeap can confirm it does make a decent difference. And I believe its easier to tune a stockish car and slowly mod it and re tune as go. Vs tuning a beast that never ran right on the stock ECU.
88 5 speed TC
-3" DP,lowered, 255 Walbro, Gillis valve, Cobra R's, bondo/rust, Stinger's PIMP Ecu
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ianbfromct Offline
Senior Member
#8
Found motorcraft wires that should work on our cars for $25 bucks shipped from late model resto..can somebody confirm

http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/item...Plug-Wires
88 5 speed TC
-3" DP,lowered, 255 Walbro, Gillis valve, Cobra R's, bondo/rust, Stinger's PIMP Ecu
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#9
Rockauto has them..... use their search function for Motorcraft WR4011C plug wires
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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