North American Turbocoupe Organization

Fast and Slow?
Harvs Offline
Senior Member
Is anyones car slow one day, and fast somtimes. Somtimes it hauls and somtimes it's slow, my other one did this, why is this?
Sandlewood beige 88 coupe 93k/ super 60 T3 at 24 pounds/ ATR 3" no cat or tail pipe/ 255lph high pressure pump/ Kirban AFPR at 42/ Spec stg3/ GN FMIC/ 1g DSM BOV/ 14* timing/ disconected KS/ Tri-ax short throw/ Autometer boost,vac and air to fuel/ 140 spedo/ Ford motorsports 5300-c springs/ tubular rear upper cntrl arms.

Do you always run the same grade of gasoline from the same station? A bad tank of gas can cause detonation, which the EEC combats by retarding timing (by a total of 7 degrees, I beleive). Under WOT when the car is only running about 30º total ignition advance (base ignition timing + computer controlled timing), 7º is quite noticeable. Try disconnecting your knock sensor (be SURE to run premium gas and a safe amount of boost if you choose to do this) and see if you notice a difference.

Estoril blue 1987 TC 5spd, 136k miles
k&n cone in fenderwell, PRofec B electronic boost controller, kirban adjustable fpr set at 44psi base, walbro 255 hi-pressure pump, Stratmosphere Forge bypass valve, ported e6, volvo front mount intercooler, t3/t4 50 trim / stage III .63, full 3" exhaust, eec-tuner, 55pph injectors, dave compton a/f meter, Nitto 555R drag radials
Best 1/4 mile (before tuner, turbo, injectors, drag radials): 14.120 (with 1.983 60' time)
Best trap speed: 98.44mph

Pete D Offline
Outside air temperqture can have a big effect on how they run. Cold = good, hot = not as good.

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Heat & Humidity are the two biggest negative factors on a 2-3T motor.
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MulletHead- "I saw the thunderchicken run, what cha got done to that 5vO"
Me-"It's a TurboCoupe"
Me-"A TURBOCOUPE" See look here under the hood.
MullettHead-???? You hacked the 5v0 in two huh.
Me-I give up

segfaultxr7 Offline
Posting Freak
Same here, it's really weird. The power difference is especially noticeable if I suddenly punch it in second gear. Sometimes it'll shove me back in my seat, other times it doesn't pull nearly as hard.

A good tuneup helps if it's really starting to lose power, but some variation seems to be pretty much normal.
88 TC 5-speed

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