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obsolete turbo coolant hose?
Kev Offline
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#1
Hey guys, last night I was driving the tbird and got about 2 blocks from my house when I saw steam coming from the hood scoops. I popped the hood, but it was too dark to see anything so I checked it out this morning. I found that the little hose that connects the water line from the turbo to the water line that runs alongside the valve cover has a tiny slit in it. It's the approximately 3 inch orange rubbery looking hose that appears to be covered with some kind of mesh wrapping. I went to 4 parts stores, two deisel truck supply stores, and then the Ford dealership to no avail trying to find this simple little piece of hose. I assume that it's high heat since it's so close to the turbo and exhaust manifold, and apparently it's high pressure since mine has burst out the side. Since I can't get this little hose anywhere, I was wondering what you guys would substitute for it. I'm not going to substitute it, I called my brother who has 2 parts cars and got the hose from him. I didn't do this in the first place because it's a 2 hour drive to his house to pick it up, but I just ran out of options. So, what would you guys suggest if anyone else, or myself, ever runs into this problem again? Thanks for the thoughts.

Kev
Kev
1988 TC 5spd
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ERIC J snowbird Offline
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#2
Mike at aerobird motorsports has them.
http://natomessageboard.com/Forum3/HTML/001783.html

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Eric J
Proud NATO member
88 TC 5spd (someday I may even be able to drive it)
01 F250 SD powerstroke(turbo deezill)
05 Buick Terazza(wife's)
'Keep yer touque on,Eh!'
- ERIC J
87 Black 5speed, 88 Black 5speed.
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#3
For now, just use a piece of fuel line, but dont use that as a permanant replacement.

Either get one from Mike as Eric suggests, or buy a foot or 2 of Silicone hose from a place like hosetechniques.com (I think that is the correct URL), and then you will have enough hose to replace them every year for the next 10 years! This is what I did.

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Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 23 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car) // 91 Topaz (daughters first car)
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.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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charles88tc Offline
Senior Member
#4
Id go with Jeff's idea, I have done this, and even used the fuel hose for an oil feed line to my turbo, when I was in a pinch. But its no permanent solution.
88 tc 5sp, Gillis, K&N on vam, Redneck cat back exaust (nothing from the cat back) 220,000 mile short block. Rebuilt 86 head and cam.
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Ryan H Offline
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#5
I just bought some of this [Image: smile.gif]
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1-4-1-Ply...enameZWD1V

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Ryan Harris

88 TC, 5 speed, B&M Ripper Shifter, Walbro 190 LPH, K&N, 3.73's, 88K miles

Awaiting install: Volvo FMIC, Walbro 255 HP, Aeromotive Adj. FPR, NEW stock IHI, SPEC Stage III, CAI
'88 TC Smile Walbro 255HP, Stinger FMIC, PIT BOV, Pro 5.0, Kirban, RR cam, FRPP strut tower brace, T3
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Kev Offline
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#6
Thanks for the links to sites, guys. But I was really looking for something that I could just get over the counter from a parts store that could be used for the turbo coolant hose. *Read: I need it today.* I'll use the parts car piece and be on my way! Thanks again.

Kev
Kev
1988 TC 5spd
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Matt S Offline
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#7
FWIW Transmission oil cooler hose has been on both of my turbo water lines for 3 years with NO signs of deteriorating.
Sold it Sad*
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Joe F Offline
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#8
I've successfully used stainless steel braided line for both water feed and return. Added bonus - it looks nice, too.

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Joe F.
JR's Aerie - Our 3 TC's
JR's Place - My '87 Turbocoupe
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karnage Offline
Member
#9
I used 8AN hose and fittings for mine.I welded a fitting onto the metal line to adapt the AN fitting to.
84 TC with 88 hood LA-3 full 3" exhaust Rods header ported/polished big valve head schneider roller cam RW adj cam gear Kirban gillis at 20 # boost MSD ignition 255 lph Walbro full gauges
17 inch centerlines 944 front mount IC 80mm MAF
65mm tb-rotated intake on the way to 400HP
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Ryan H Offline
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#10
Kev,

My 1' hose section got here today. I have plenty left, gimme your address and I will send you enough to make two hoses [Image: smile.gif]

-Ryan

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Ryan Harris

88 TC, 5 speed, B&M Ripper Shifter, Walbro 190 LPH, K&N, 3.73's, 88K miles

Awaiting install: Volvo FMIC, Walbro 255 HP, Aeromotive Adj. FPR, NEW stock IHI, SPEC Stage III, CAI
'88 TC Smile Walbro 255HP, Stinger FMIC, PIT BOV, Pro 5.0, Kirban, RR cam, FRPP strut tower brace, T3
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