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My First Turbo Coupe
'86TurboCoupe Offline
Junior Member
#1
Hello! I am new to this form and I am new to the Turbo Coupe world. I have grown up in a fox mustang family. We have had everything from LX notch cars to a 1986 SVO and a 1993 Cobra. A couple years ago I sold my 1989 Mustang GT to purchase a 1994 F150 Lightning. I wanted to get back into a fox car and I just purchased a 1986 TC with about 140k on her. It appears that this car was well taken care of. I plan on doing some basic maintenance and just driving her around for a couple years until I finish college. I do have a couple questions for you guys though. My first one is the oil feed line to the turbo is seeping a little bit at the fitting on the turbo, and I was wondering if I should purchase a NOS one from a family friend of mine or should I put one of the stinger performance steel braided feed and return lines on it? As for the turbo where would be a good place to get a newly rebuilt one if it were to go out? For now I would like to leave the stock T3 AiResearch. I actually have a 87-88 TC air scoop hood I planned on using on another project, but I was wondering if it would be worth tracking down the 87-88 intercooler and bracket and put the hood and everything on my 86? For my last question, I was just wondering if anyone would by chance have the rubber hose that connects from the turbo to the intake? Mine appears like it is about to crack open. I am really excited to have this car and learn more about it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Kuch Offline
Senior Member
#2
86, welcome to the forum, you are in the right place for our cars. when I saw 94 Lighting I got excited as I love those trucks, would love to find one myself. My father had a new 94 back then and it was a fun truck to drive. I would try to loosen and re tighten the oil feed line to see if it reseals, if not the one from Stinger is very nice, I have one on my 88. if you don't have issues with the drain line, leave it be, they are a pain to get off and putting a new one on will be a challenge with the turbo still attached. The 88 intercooler would for sure be a good cheap power and reliability increase for your car allowing more boost and less chance of detonation, I would find one and put it on if not going to a front mount. If you are looking for a new turbo, the link below has some real nice options for a T3 as well as other 2.3T specific parts as he is a Turbo Coupe guy. Let us know if you have any other issues.

https://bigrmotorsports.com/#home
1988 Turbo Coupe, Black/Black, 5 Speed, Moonroof,  T3/T4 50 trim, ported E6, 255LPH, Kirban, 3" DP dual 2.5" w Hooker Maxflows, MGW shifter, K&N, Gillis valve, RR cam, Koni's
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL, 390 6V, Big Solid cam, Headers,3.89's, 4 Speed, Vast and fast
1960 Ford Starliner, 292 Y Block, 312 4bbl intake, headers, 3 Speed, slow and low
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#3
Welcome to NATO!

The advise that Kuch gave is 100% right on.

Enjoy your "new to you" TC!
Jeff Korn

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Kuch Offline
Senior Member
#4
86,
I would also like to show you the link below, which is a great start for more power and more fun from your TC. First step, is to complete a good tune up on it: plugs (NGK or Motorcraft), wires (Motorcraft), cap and rotor ( I like the blue streak copper electrode versions, and fuel filter, and air filter. Change the oil, I suggest Quaker State 5w-30 full synthetic, and filter (I like Purolators or Motorcraft), you will have a great start for future mods.
https://turbotbird.com/thread-beginner-s-mods-for-hp
1988 Turbo Coupe, Black/Black, 5 Speed, Moonroof,  T3/T4 50 trim, ported E6, 255LPH, Kirban, 3" DP dual 2.5" w Hooker Maxflows, MGW shifter, K&N, Gillis valve, RR cam, Koni's
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL, 390 6V, Big Solid cam, Headers,3.89's, 4 Speed, Vast and fast
1960 Ford Starliner, 292 Y Block, 312 4bbl intake, headers, 3 Speed, slow and low
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'86TurboCoupe Offline
Junior Member
#5
Thank you guys! I will be giving her a good tune up here in the next week. Motorcraft parts of course!
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'86TurboCoupe Offline
Junior Member
#6
Hello, I did just think of another question. Does anyone know if there is a kit for the thunderbird to have the clutch cable with the adjustor on the firewall and adjustable clutch quadrant just like the v8 mustangs?
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Kuch Offline
Senior Member
#7
if your 86 is a stock 5 speed, it should already have the cable and quadrant set up. Only the 87-88 TC's used a hydraulic clutch. Pretty sure any of the Foxbody Mustang clutch quadrants kits will work on your 86.
1988 Turbo Coupe, Black/Black, 5 Speed, Moonroof,  T3/T4 50 trim, ported E6, 255LPH, Kirban, 3" DP dual 2.5" w Hooker Maxflows, MGW shifter, K&N, Gillis valve, RR cam, Koni's
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL, 390 6V, Big Solid cam, Headers,3.89's, 4 Speed, Vast and fast
1960 Ford Starliner, 292 Y Block, 312 4bbl intake, headers, 3 Speed, slow and low
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