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Tank Offline
I have found a '86 Mercur 2.3 litre turbo -without the turbo. Can I drop this in and use my existing turbo? Engine has 120,000 km on it or 70,000 miles.


87 Turbo coupe,5-speed,K&N cone,Loaded but stock... for now. sold to a punk kid that trashed the back in my hands...currently doing a rebuild.

[This message has been edited by Tank (edited 04-12-2002).]
88 TC auto silver full load/sunroof 147K K&N cone filter, Gillis valve set at 17 lbs. This thing looks cool but is dog compared to my 87 5sp that now has motor out and is being rebuilt.(slowly)May make one killer car from these two yet.
"Never drive faster than your Angels can fly"
Glad my Angels have a turbo!

Hawk Offline
Senior Member
Yes, you can. You will need to use your valve cover and upper intake too. Your intercooler setup requires the shorter upper intake that is on your 87 TC. The dip in your valve cover allows for the shorter intake. I would also just remove the entire exhaust manifold/turbo off your car and install it on the other engine.

Pete D Offline
Basically yes. You will have to use your current: intakes, valve cover, coolant supply and return lines, oil return line and maybe your current oil supply line. It will be easier to pull the turbo and your current exhaust manifold as a unit, then drop it back in as a unit. I think you will have to take the coolant return line fitting in your current block and put it in the new block.
The Merkur MAY?? have a different oil filter attachment point on it, not sure. you may have to put your oil cooler on it. Maybe somebody else can clarify this.

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88 TC X 2, 86 SVO, Main TC with K&N, 3"DP to 2.5"duals through Dynamax, Ric valve at 17+ and disconnected KS. Elite Bodega 16" chrome wheels. Autometer pod w/ A/F and Vac/boost gauges.140 mph Motorsports Speedo New engine: Total Seal rings and TRW pistons, ported and polished head w/ cc'd chambers,1.59"exhausts, SS valves, gutted upper, knife edged lower, A-230 cam, Race Engineering Adj Cam Sprocket, Crowlers, ARP head studs, and rod bolts. Walbro 255 HP pump and Kirban adj FPR, T-3. Centerforce II, KB subs and jack rails.
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