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Essingler Aluminum Head?
Albin0 Offline
Member
#1
So, I've been hearing about this magical head for our cars... but the problem is, I can't find it ANYWHERE!!
Where the heck can I find more info on it, preferably purchasing info?
Can I buy directly from Essingler or do I need to find a dealer? Can someone help me out with prices and ported head vs. Essingler flow charts?
Help me out!




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1987 Red Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
Been in the family since I was 6 and I've been telling my dad since then that it's my car. Smile
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mods - K&N Cone filter, gutted catalytic, Star Clutch Stage II
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1987 Red Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
Been in the family since I was 6 and I've been telling my dad since then that it's my car. Smile
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mods - K&N Cone filter, gutted catalytic, Star Clutch Stage II
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Pete D Offline
Administrator
#2
Have you tried the Esslinger site. The link is on the vendor's page.

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NATO Member. it's not a vice, it's an obsession
"The nice thing about each new day is nobody ever used it before" Barnaby Jones
88 TC X 2, 86 SVO, mods list at
http://www.turbotbird.com/showroom/pd_88tc.htm
Pete Dunham


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Albin0 Offline
Member
#3
The only problem I have with that is the picture with the info for the heads is too tiny for me to read!


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1987 Red Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
Been in the family since I was 6 and I've been telling my dad since then that it's my car. Smile
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mods - K&N Cone filter, gutted catalytic, Star Clutch Stage II
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1987 Red Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
Been in the family since I was 6 and I've been telling my dad since then that it's my car. Smile
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mods - K&N Cone filter, gutted catalytic, Star Clutch Stage II
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Pete D Offline
Administrator
#4
Esslinger is developing a new street aluminum head. There have been some posts about it at Turbo Ford. Whereas their ARCA head can be $3500 by the time it's ready to go, the new one is suppose to be in the $1500 range. I'm not up on all the details but somebody here can add info.

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NATO Member. it's not a vice, it's an obsession
"The nice thing about each new day is nobody ever used it before" Barnaby Jones
88 TC X 2, 86 SVO, mods list at
http://www.turbotbird.com/showroom/pd_88tc.htm
Pete Dunham


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Glenn 88TC Offline
Posting Freak
#5
esslinger makes 3 different aluminum heads for the 2.3. The ARCA head is by far the best but it does cost $4000 complete. The SVO head($1500 bare) is a very good flowing head but requires new intake manifolds as does the ARCA head. You can make huge power with the SVO head. The problem with these heads is the way the money needed for this conversion will snowball on you. This head will need a big turbo to be used to it's fullest potential. Next thing you know you are buying a $2000 DFI, custom manifolds and header, and 83pph+ injectors, a huge fuel system with big lines and expensive pumps, and a heavily strengthened bottom end to handle the power. Then the tranny will be way beyond it's capabilities. Unless you are looking to make over 450rwhp I wouldn't go that route. The third head is the bolt on head($1500 and only needs a cam) that isn't even made yet. This head will use the stock manifolds. No flow numbers have been posted yet because they didn't even get them poured yet. This might be an option but until flow numbers come out I will not make this an option.

J.D. Laramee from turboford gets some extremely good flow numbers from porting iron heads. He has almost matched the aluminum versions in flow rates. Pnrvegas from TF makes 424rwhp with a big valve unported iron head. Aluminum isn't necessary till you want to make huge power. Most of the power is in the turbo, intercooler and cam selections.
NO TC and NO headaches.
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DrPhang Offline
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#6
Well said glen!
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