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tgriffith360 Offline
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#1
was the 86 turbo bird intercooled??? Im having a hard time finding any info on original birds,,especially pics of the motor area

As stated on a previous post,,,Im new to these birds so thanks to anyone tha can help

I race stock eliminator which means I have to use alot of original equipment,,,,,The nhra tech guides they give us list an 86 as intercooled,,,If so,,where is it located,,,,on the one I have its on top but it looks as if it was designed for an 87,,,apparently,,my 86 has an 87 hood,,,,For me to be able to run this car,,,I have to put an original type hood and put the interecooler back it is orignal position

thanks
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Pete D Offline
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#2
There was no "from the factory, production" intercooler prior to 87-88 The rule book is in error.
There was an aftermarket front mount IC kit sold by Ford Motorsports for the 83-86. It is possible that dealers might have installed one at a customers request, and cost. As stated, these were front mount and the hood was not modified
Pete Dunham


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phil88tbird Offline
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#3
speaking of that, i have a front mount that says ford motorsport on it and i believe i have a T3 on my 88 5 spd (just bought the car so i don't know what has been done to it) the turbo has a flange on it to bolt the intercooler pipes to, unlike my 87 with the IHI that has slip on rubber for the top mount intercooler... are these mods worth anything in the power department? the IC seems kinda small to me
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Pete D Offline
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#4
Ford Motorsports sold a small, front mount inter cooler for the 83-86 TCs. They can be installed in the 87-88. It's small but probably better than the stock 87-88 just due to cooler location, away from the exhaust manifold Yes it sounds like you have a T3 and it is a popular upgrade over the IHI. It has the potential to make significantly more power.
Pete Dunham


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