North American Turbocoupe Organization



Just got myself a TC, few problems of course
V6TBird87 Offline
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#1
Last night, i went and picked up an 87 Medium Gray turbo coupe, 5-speed, all options other than moonroof, ATC and keyless entry, the cars paint is rough, clearcoat peeling really bad, but thats to be expected, overall condition is good, paid 500 bucks for it

for the problem, i was bringing it home, drove fine, then started bucking, running rough, spuddering, not wanting to go above 40mph without resistance, i know for a fact it needs a tuneup using Motorcraft parts (has bosch plugs and some cheap wires), and i should check the IC couplers, but is there any thing else to cause it? ive been into thunderbrids for a few years now, but never had an experience with TC's

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1owner88TC Offline
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#2
You have the right idea. Do the tuneup first and see how it runs. Look for bad lines. You should probably replace/check your filters to get a good baseline. Scan for codes next. Could be a plugged cat.

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fun, fun, fun - Justin
3" DP & Cat, Magnaflos, K&N, Magnecor Race wires, Steeda Tri-Ax, 3-core radiator.

[This message has been edited by 1owner88TC (edited 11-19-2004).]
fun, fun, fun - Justin
3" DP & Cat, Magnaflos, K&N, Magnecor Race wires, Steeda Tri-Ax, SPEC Stage 2 clutch, 3-core radiator.
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Jeff K Offline
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#3
Also get a fuel pressure gauge (if you dont have one already) with a hose lokg enough so you can tape it to the windshield to see pressure while driving. Check pressure to be sure it is spec, especially under boost. If you dont know the specs, let us know, and we will provide them, or do a search.

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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 // 02 Taurus Vulcan(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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Pete D Offline
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#4
Do the tuneup, replace the filters including fuel filter and then pull the codes. Let us know if that does it.
Pete Dunham


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V6TBird87 Offline
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#5
most of that is on the list for tomorrow

i know for oil, run mobil 1 synthetic, but what oil filters do you guys prefer? since ive been around turbo dodges, i prefer purolator pure 1's, but i dont know what works best for these cars specifically

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Pete D Offline
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#6
I like NAPA personally.
http://minimopar.knizefamily.net/oilfilterstudy.html
Pete Dunham


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V6TBird87 Offline
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#7
i actually read that entire page at one point, very good info

MiniMopar has awesome info, even for the ford guys

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2018 Mustang GT
1988 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed

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servingGod Offline
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#8
Did you happen to notice if it was overheating at all. It might be a clogged cat or muffler, just thought I would through in my two since. I would do the tune up stuff first since you should do that anyway, but if that don't work you may want to look at the exhaust.

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88 TC 5-speed maroon, all options, plus t3/t4 hybrid, 255 pump, RR, Centerforce DF with weight fingers, MSD tfi coil.
88 TC 5-speed Black, all options.
88 Thunderbird LX 5.0 All options except Leather.
87TC Parts car five speed all options.
88 TC 5-speed maroon, all options, plus t3/t4 hybrid, 255 pump, RR, Centerforce DF with weight fingers, MSD tfi coil.
88 TC 5-speed Black, all options.
88 Thunderbird LX 5.0 All options except Leather.
87TC Parts car five speed all options.
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V6TBird87 Offline
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#9
it doesnt show signs of a clogged exhaust, it boosted fine for the most part, it dint bog, didnt overheat, didnt feel like it was struggling, so im assuming its fine...itll get aftermarket exhaust anyways, what self respecting turbo enthusiast could keep stock exhaust [Image: wink.gif]

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2018 Mustang GT
1988 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed

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V6TBird87 Offline
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#10
motorcraft parts are a pain to find locally, have to drive 45 minutes to the closest dealer

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