North American Turbocoupe Organization



My Track Toy Build
Jeffmerkur Offline
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#1
Hi Everyone,

I started this build in May on a car I picked up for $500. It was clean but didn't have an engine and started life has automatic. Before I got this car I had a Merkur XR4. It died from a large tree branch falling on it. So I had a lot of 2.3 stuff laying around. Some of this is old news to some and some of the pictures have been posted before but I decided to put everything in one place. The plan is to build a track car that can still be tagged and driven on the street some times. I had gotten a ton of work done on the car with the help of my friend Rob Booth who figured out how to get all the Maximum Motor sports stuff to fit. I then hurt my back in June and haven't touched the car until today. I finally got the car into the garage witch was a wreck. So my goal for the weekend was to get the garage clean and the car in it. The garage still needs a little work but the car is in it as of 11:00pm tonight. What a struggle!!!!! Now that the car is there I can finish stripping out the factory wiring harness and clean up the tar paper residue.

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Then I got the car stripped out and we started adding some parts.

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This is what it looked like when It left Rob's shop in June.
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And now tonight with it in its winter home.
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Here is a hint to one of the modifications I have planned.
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I know this car isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea and some of you are wishing I just did all of this to a Mustang. I don't like being like everyone else. There are tons of Mustangs at the track already. Turbo Coupes are much better looking cars than Mustangs with more of a aerodynamic shape. This car was a dead car that had been sitting for 10 years and now will have a new life. But its going to be a hard one.
Stay tuned!
Jeffmerkur
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turbot79 Offline
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#2
Looks like its going to be a track beast. Please keep progress pics coming.
Tim
88 tc, hbc, t3t4, 3"throttle body,3" stinger exhaust, msd, 18psi, Tial 50mm bov, Esslinger adjustable round tooth timing kit, rods header on the way and many more to come
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Not B Anymore Offline
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#3
Rock it, man! I love seeing a TC on the track. Now you need to do a write up on how to get the various MM components to work on our cars!
Brian Leavitt
'86 TC 5-Speed -- MS2x w/COP | 83 lb. injectors | T3/T4 50 Trim Stage 3 .63AR | Full 3" Exhaust - No Cat | Motorsport FMIC | Ranger Roller | Ported E6 | Walbro 255HP | Kirban | 20psi | 120-amp 3G | 8.8" 3.55 rear | '03 Cobra Wheels
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turbot79 Offline
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#4
Yes for sure
88 tc, hbc, t3t4, 3"throttle body,3" stinger exhaust, msd, 18psi, Tial 50mm bov, Esslinger adjustable round tooth timing kit, rods header on the way and many more to come
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86XR7auto Offline
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#5
Looks sweet....what engine and tranny are going in?

Travis
86XR7 in pieces...old time [email protected] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGsz7PdEqTI 88TC stock Red RHSC [email protected], 01 Z71=Nice winter ride, 01 CVLX w/HPP wifes ride!
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Jeffmerkur Offline
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#6
Its getting a 2.3 and a T-5. I also swapped in a 3.55 rear. No V8 here.
With the MM parts they had rear control arms, and camber plates for hour cars. The rest needed a tweak here and there. The K-member needed to be spaced down with an 1/8 inch plate between the K-member and the frame. There subframe connectors for Fox Mustang don't fit at all. We had to cut them in half and reweld them to work. If I had to do all over I think I would have gotten some of the stuff from Griggs. They have alot of stuff but I didn't know that at the time. The adjustable rear sway bar needs some more work because I only have half the adjustment available. I'll do more write ups has I dive back into it.
Jeffmerkur
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86thunderchicken Offline
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#7
Looks amazing Jeff! I like how you used all the MM stuff on it too!
1986 TC 240,000 miles. Walbro 255. Soon to be under the knife for an 87 5 speed swap

1992 Mustang LX 5.0, headers, H pipe, and soon to have subframe connectors to boot!
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boosted chicken Offline
Senior Member
#8
Umm...radiator in the trunk? I just had to ask, LOL!
88 TC#1 Boport stg 3 alum dport head, PT6466, Boport header, CP pistons, Crower rods, MS2xtra
88 TC#2 drag car project(someday)
88 TC#3 parts car (just needed the header panel...bought the whole car, lol)
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natmac3 Offline
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#9
You know that by starting a thread like this, you are now forever committed to working on the car, and more importantly, posting the progress... Wink

I love what you're working on over there!

More pictures ASAP!
-Nate
1987tc
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Jeffmerkur Offline
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#10
Yep, I'm surprised your the first to ask. I thought that would of been the first thing people asked about. It must not of a curd to sane people that you would even consider putting your radiator in the trunk. Its going to be interesting. I have seen it on some other race cars and on the new Lexus LFA. So I thought I would give it a try. I was already going to run a electric water pump so then it's a little plumbing and ducting some air and it should work fine. I'm trying to move all the weight I can off the front of the car. I want to mount a oil cooler and a air to water heat exchanger back there also. David Godfrey is making me a air to water IC. I have a front mount Stinger IC also. At first I will run both IC's then do some testing and if the air to water IC is efficient enough then I will just run that one which will let me lose even more weight off the front. I will gain some weight in extra plumbing and more fluids but hopefully will have a better balanced car. The only bad part is once I do this, there is no going back because of what you have to do to the car to get air where it needs to go.
Jeffmerkur
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