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Engine mods with pictures
BradM Offline
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First of all, thank you to the members of this forum for sharing your knowledge. I've used that knowledge to upgrade my TC. I bought it last fall and have spent the winter upgrading the suspension (lowered, poly bushings, Koni's, Eibach rear sway bar), SVT Cobra R wheels, fuel pump (255lph Walbro), fuel lines, brake lines/hoses, e-brake cables, and lots of cleaning and painting underneath. I've now completed the engine and thought I'd post some photos while it's still on the stand (these are the kind of pictures I look for when working on a project). Upgrades listed below.

Bottom-end and head are stock. I just cleaned, painted, and re-gasketed everything (plus ARP head studs).
Garret T3/T4 50 Trim .63 A/R with 2.5" V-band outlet
Gnari manifold w/EGR delete 
Tial 38mm wastegate with a 11.6psi spring (the dump pipe still needs work; will use Gillis to control)
3" shorty elbow for downpipe and a 2.5" to 3" coupler to be welded to V-band fitting
Manifold and T3 painted with VHT header paint and baked in oven
I re-used the factory oil feed and drain line

Next steps-
Install SPEC Stage 1 Clutch Kit SF721
Install the Stinger 3" to dual 2.5" exhaust (Magnaflow) plus AEM WB O2 sensor
Install Stinger FMIC and a Tial BOV
Install Stinger PiMPx ECU
Tune it, drive it, tune it, drive it, tune it...


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1965 Mercury Comet Caliente; 1968 Mercury Monterey; 1969 F100 Ranger; 1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
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ABird Offline
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Impressive!!  What a lucky car.  Thanks for the update with pictures.
AES
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Jeff K Offline
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The engine looks great! Let us know how it runs when the car is back together!
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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Pete D Offline
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Beautiful job Brad. I'd like to suggest that you do not reuse a used factory oil supply line. Dried oil shellac can break loose from the tube walls and travel down, into the turbo where it can lodge in the turbo oil circuit and starve the bearings. BTDT.
Pete Dunham


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BradM Offline
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(03-03-2021, 03:12 PM)Pete D Wrote: Beautiful job Brad. I'd like to suggest that you do not reuse a used factory oil supply line. Dried oil shellac can break loose from the tube walls and travel down, into the turbo where it can lodge in the turbo oil circuit and starve the bearings. BTDT.

Thanks everyone and ouch Pete. The line does have a trap designed into it so I suspect that's where the build up may have occurred. On mine, I removed the trap when I re-bent it and shot brake clean through it. We'll see what happens.


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1965 Mercury Comet Caliente; 1968 Mercury Monterey; 1969 F100 Ranger; 1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
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Chas K 88 Offline
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Brad, while coping with my cabin fever a couple months ago I started checking out all the goodies Stinger has, which got me dreaming of most of the upgrades you are doing. That motor looks sweet, keep us posted on how it works out.

Wow, has it really been 3 years since I posted here???
Chas K.
88 T-bird, 5 speed, Wiseco pistons, Gillis valve, 255LPH fuel pump, CD, tripminder, RR cam, K&N, 140 MPH speedo conversion (thanks Jeff K).
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vegas_ss Offline
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You may want to ditch the blue felpro valve cover gasket now and replace it with the ford valve cover gasket. You will most likely have leaks if not immediately, then within a short period of time.
1987 TC, 5sp, Boport Stage 3 Head/2.1 Cam
1996 Impala SS
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Jeff K Offline
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+1 on the Ford Ranger VC gasket! I put one on 20 years / 100K miles ago, and ZERO leaks, seeps, etc.
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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Daniel T Offline
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Dammm!! That looks bad ass,!!how much HP do u think you'll b putting down?
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