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Drive it, or preserve it?
unclefalter Offline
Member
#1
I sort of had this debate a while back... but now that our weather is nice and I've had time to reacquaint myself with my car, I've been really impressed with the condition it's in. Literally not a fleck of rust anywhere, everything solid and almost as I would imagine it was new.

My car only has about 72,000 miles on it, and I've been debating keeping those miles low and maybe getting another turbo as the daily driver. This is just a survey -- what do you guys think? Go easy on the low-mile turbocoupe, or just drive the hell out of it?
88 TC 5spd - Black/Raven
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Pete D Offline
Administrator
#2
I'd vote for go easy and get another driver
Pete Dunham


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Asimov Offline
Senior Member
#3
if it was 7200, my opinion would be different -- but i vote to run the piss out of it ;p

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-asi

1986 TC, 132k pretty well taken care of miles. k&n, [email protected], timing set at 12.5 (spout out), A/C delete. Very restrictive exhaust at the moment [email pics to asimov at forced-induction org for sales/id/showoff purposes (free hosting)]
-asi

1986 TC, 132k pretty well taken care of miles. k&n, [email protected], timing @ 12 (spout out), A/C delete. 3" Downpipe (no other exhaust... Whoever described that sound as a "pissed off tractor" hit the nail on the head)

[email pics to asimov at forced-induction org for sales/id/showoff purposes (free hosting)]
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Qwertys Offline
Senior Member
#4
buy two other TC's... drive all three. you'll love it.
but yea, i think i'd go with perserve it if its in that good of a shape. mine is similar, a minor ding here or there, perhaps needs a new cam and tranny, but the body is great and no rust even under the chassis or anything.
'85 TC BPV and Ford FMIC
'88 TC Kirban AFPR, Autometer Boost, FP and A/R Gauge, 8.8 to 4.10 rear, Walboro 255lph Fuel pump, Garrett GT3071R T3/T4 Dual Ball bearing Turbo, Custom AWIC.
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Ryan H Offline
Posting Freak
#5
After I'm done restoring this TC, I'm planning on building a 2.3 Mustang. If I don't build the Mustang, I'm gonna get a pre-87 TC to toy around with/drive daily. The idea of a T3 TC without having to buy and install the turbo myself is nice [Image: biggrin.gif]

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Ryan Harris

1988 TC 5 speed, all options including sunroof, Walbro 255 LPH HP, Star stage III, bypassed BCS and lots of love Big Grin
'88 TC Smile Walbro 255HP, Stinger FMIC, PIT BOV, Pro 5.0, Kirban, RR cam, FRPP strut tower brace, T3
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Machzman Offline
Senior Member
#6
Quote:Originally posted by unclefalter:
I sort of had this debate a while back... but now that our weather is nice and I've had time to reacquaint myself with my car, I've been really impressed with the condition it's in. Literally not a fleck of rust anywhere, everything solid and almost as I would imagine it was new.

My car only has about 72,000 miles on it, and I've been debating keeping those miles low and maybe getting another turbo as the daily driver. This is just a survey -- what do you guys think? Go easy on the low-mile turbocoupe, or just drive the hell out of it?

I would vote to preserve it,the condition is everything,I just got an 86TC w/89000 and the cond. is great,maybe not quite as good as yours but, I was gonna run my 88TC for a beater,but it had alot of issues.So now the 86TC get a complete make over,and the 88TC is going to the place in the sky...........Rod
Trying to get under 13sec.http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2546941/1986-ford-thunderbird
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Keith Pellerito Offline
Senior Member
#7
I have an 85 with 72000 on it and I just drive it in the summer, I would vote to drive it seasonal. Enjoy the car, it is yours and although there is a lot of enjoyment of looking at it in the garage, there is nothing more satisfying than driving it.
yeah it is fast, just a little slow getting back to the garage!🚓
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#8
Park it during the winter months, and drive the hell out of it the rest of the year, which is what I do with my Tbirds. These cars were meant to be driven, not locked up in an old barn and looked at every now and then.

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Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 21 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
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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rairbird Offline
Senior Member
#9
Like Jeff said, but get another one cheap to modify and enjoy.

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87 T/C, 5sp., Hardened Crank, Crower Sportsman Rods, J.E. full floating pistons, .030 over, Total Seal rings, Head and Main studs, Ported/Polished head, 1.89, 1.59 S.S Valves. Motorsport Lifters, A-234 cam, Fidanza Adj. cam sprocket, ported polished lower, gutted upper intake, Rod's S/S headers, 3" DP, T3/T04E 46, Gillis BCV, Forge Bypass, K&N Air Filter, Kirban Adj. FPR, Walbro 255 FP., 42# inj., EEC-Tuner. Still have to mount the GN I/C.
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2birdsinthefalls887 Offline
Senior Member
#10
I agree with Keith, Jeff K, and rairbird, drive it seasonally, and enjoy it. They are such fun, comfortable and reliable cars, why just let it sit around, (worst thing for a car anyway). And if you miss it in the bad weather find a daily driver that your heart is not into, and drive that in the inclimate weather. That's why I have my 88 beater auto T/C bird, already pre rusted, so I drive that to the malls, and on my 55 mile round trip commute to work. And drive the nice one in the spring, summer and fall.
87 T/C,base, 5spd, bright red metalic, 136,000 miles. My pride and joy of the fleet.
88 Turbo Coupe,loaded 104,000,
88 Turbo Coupe,Fully loaded,
Been to Carlisle 2002,2003, 2004,2005,2006,2007
And damn proud to be a NATO member!
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