North American Turbocoupe Organization



Another 85 Turbo Coupe 31 years later
Rudy Offline
Junior Member
#1
Hi all. Just found this forum and I am excited to join. In 1990 I bought my first "newish" car. A 1985 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe for 5000.00. This was a big step as I was coming from a 1976 Chevette! 

This was an amazing car, and I had this cars for years through my late teens and early 20's. 

In 1992, my engine was blowing out black smoke and the turbo was shot. I knew of a wrecked 1988 turbo coupe at a local junk yard with major rear damage. I picked it up for 700.00. A real steal! I pulled the engine and trans and installed with the intercooler. Painted the hood with the scoops and all! It was great and an amazing learning experience at a young age. I know every inch of that car. 

Recently I came across a 1985 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe same color same options as I had, and instantly I purchased this car and had it shipped to me from Illinois. The car is in relatively good shape, and now sits in my garage. I have two young boys and I'm attempting to teach them some basic auto mechanics in between Fortnite tournaments as this car is so simple to work on. 

The best so far was with my younger son was when he sat in the seat and said "Why is it so comfortable and soft? Not like the hard seats in mommy's Range Rover!" It's really is amazing how things have changed, and can you believe a 85 Thunderbird is more comfortable than a 2019 Range Rover! 

I can't wait to get the car registered and on the road to drive around a bit. Brings back great old memories of a vehicle of my younger years. 

In 1994 I decided to upgrade and move to a 1993 leftover Thunderbird Super Coupe. A great car but it was never the same. 

Looking forward to helping where I can and asking questions about part availability and everything else.
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vegas_ss Offline
Senior Member
#2
Welcome... plenty of info on here!
1987 TC, 5sp, Boport Stage 3 Head/2.1 Cam
1996 Impala SS
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Kuch Offline
Senior Member
#3
Rudy,
Welcome to the group! I am always amazed at how many of us have had these cars in the past, loved driving them, sold them, and then got another one at a later time, myself included. I also agree about the Super Coupes, my Aunt had a 90 SC while I had my 87 TC, nice car, but felt way different than my 87.
1988 Turbo Coupe, Black/Black, 5 Speed, Moonroof,  T3/T4 50 trim, ported E6, 255LPH, Kirban, 3" DP dual 2.5" w Hooker Maxflows, MGW shifter, K&N, Gillis valve, RR cam, Koni's
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL, 390 6V, Big Solid cam, Headers,3.89's, 4 Speed, Vast and fast
1960 Ford Starliner, 292 Y Block, 312 4bbl intake, headers, 3 Speed, slow and low
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#4
Welcome to NATO Rudy!
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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turbo80sdriver Offline
Administrator
#5
Well, SOME of us just plain don't know how to sell a TC... I would be one, for sure!
Welcome, and enjoy your return to the Turbocoupe family!
'88 TC-Black T-5 with 79K stock 98.5% original, just w-i-d-e rims and tires, and some under hood powder-coating
'88 TC-Blue w/98K. Stocker w/t-5 ( the resurrection car) top gas mileage =31 mpg!
'88 TC-Grey w/99k. Auto, well optioned, 2nd owner car - getting more options
'87 TC-Blue w/123k t-5 parts car - less of a car now
'88 TC gray- body only so far- very very late factory build dated car, awaiting resurrection
'87 GN w/16.8K
"96 Bronco XLT w/351 (5.8l)
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