North American Turbocoupe Organization



My TC story
BigJake Offline
Junior Member
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I was at our local dragstrip back in May and my bike was parked right next to Boosted Chicken. I was amazed at his car so I started looking for one and found one at Edwards AFB. After a weekend trip it was back in Abilene by Sunday night. Got it tagged and tinted, then in August at a stop light I was hit in the rear by a truck and the car was total. Told them I was going to keep the car cause I could always put the motor in my Falcon. So I got a check and broke even on the car and dropped if off at a local body shop and told them I was only going to spend a thousand cause the day before the hit I just order a bunch of parts from Stinger. Got the car back within a month and looking really good, I'd say it back to 90% and I can live with that.

Got a Pimp, FMIC, bigger turbo, ported upper and lower intake, and Bo is working on a stage 3 head for me.

Jake



1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 5 speed
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Pete D Offline
Administrator
#2
Welcome o the board.
Pete Dunham


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anasazi4st Offline
Senior Member
#3
The insurance company considered that totaled, with just that left rear damage? I guess I am not surprised. While in college my 1970 Olds Toronado was also hit at a stop light, a lot more damage but it was also totaled. MAN I loved that car! I also kept mine, learned the frame was pushed forward about 4” on the left side, so I put its engine into another Toro I found that had a cracked block.

I’m glad you decided to keep it. Far too few of these great cars on the road any more.

Another proud dues-paying member.

1987 Turbo Coupe w/T5OD, 8.8 axle, grey smoke; most options. Got it in 1991 with 41K miles: 3 turbos, 2 heater cores, 1 T5OD full rebuild, 5 clutches, 1 head gasket, 2 Teves II ABS units, etc. later....
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BigJake Offline
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#4
Thanks guys

The hardest part was finding a complete tail light, I looked for weeks for a complete assembly but most where just the lens for sale. No TC around our junkyard either, talk about a rare bird. I haven't seen a 87-88 in Abilene yet.
1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 5 speed
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firebirdparts Offline
Member
#5
Are the taillights different from a regular t-bird? Pardon my ignorance...
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BigJake Offline
Junior Member
#6
The 87-88 TC's have different tail lights and are hard to come by. I saw a pair go for 700 bucks ?
1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 5 speed
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50RACER Offline
Senior Member
#7
All of the 87-88 Tbirds have the same tail lights. No difference on the TC's.
87 TC Medium Canyon Red
88 TC Black Beauty
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gtbird Offline
Member
#8
Lights inboard of headlights are different between T/C's and nonT/C's, headlights and outboard lights are the same and as 50Racer said, the taillights are the same.
1988 T/C Silver with red interior, fully loaded except for leather. 5 lug conversion with 97 Cobra wheels, Cobra 13" brakes up front, Mustang brakes out back, Koni adjustable shocks and struts, NOS Koni lowering springs . Maximum Motorsports control arms and caster/camber plates, subframe connectors.
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#9
I am 99.9999% certain that TC headlights, inner and outer front marker ./ turn signal lights are unique to the TC.
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.
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04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
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95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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gtbird Offline
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#10
Jeff: I stand corrected, I thought only the inners were different. You know much more about these cars than I. I replaced all the front lights on my 88 several years ago and I thought only the inners were different.
1988 T/C Silver with red interior, fully loaded except for leather. 5 lug conversion with 97 Cobra wheels, Cobra 13" brakes up front, Mustang brakes out back, Koni adjustable shocks and struts, NOS Koni lowering springs . Maximum Motorsports control arms and caster/camber plates, subframe connectors.
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