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Possible Spark Blowout?
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(11-07-2023, 08:10 PM)AloofMaalouf Wrote: Welp, months later and a nice fresh Oxford White paint job completed, I finally got the fix, credit to Mikey97D  , you were totally right, it was a goddamned boost leak, several actually Big Grin I’m embarrassed but it is my first boosted car and it’s been a lot of dealing with boosted problems. The car’s way too crazy now, leans out a bit top end, think I could fix it by richening the FPR a bit more but I’m in deep enough with this ECU, I’m going PIMP and big injectors before the end of the year, I’m so excited! Thanks again everyone!
I’m just amazed you are running this in a Pinto. That was the original Turbo Coupe engine, the Lima (OH) 4 cylinder 2.3 liter. I thought those cars always got a bad rap, because they were not expensively put together and most people did not take proper care of them, so they (surprise!) broke down. But, the self immolation (car caught fire) if you were rear ended didn’t help either.

I had a friend back then who owned a Chevy Vega. Another friend’s Pinto could run it into the ground. THAT was a poorly made car.

Major kudos to you for your efforts with not just getting it to run, but to run well.
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1987 Turbo Coupe w/T5OD, 8.8 axle, grey smoke; most options. Got it in 1991 with 41K miles: 3 turbos, 2 heater cores, 3 T5OD full rebuilds, 6 clutches, 1 head gasket, 2 Teves II ABS units, etc. later....
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(11-07-2023, 08:10 PM)AloofMaalouf Wrote: Welp, months later and a nice fresh Oxford White paint job completed, I finally got the fix, credit to Mikey97D  , you were totally right, it was a goddamned boost leak, several actually Big Grin I’m embarrassed but it is my first boosted car and it’s been a lot of dealing with boosted problems. The car’s way too crazy now, leans out a bit top end, think I could fix it by richening the FPR a bit more but I’m in deep enough with this ECU, I’m going PIMP and big injectors before the end of the year, I’m so excited! Thanks again everyone!

Awesome!  I am glad you found the problem.  ANy chance you can post a picture of the car?

If you want to enjoy the car until you get the PIMP, you can decrease the timing to 10° and reduce the boost to a happy air fuel mixture.
1988 TC, 5 spd, Stinger 3" Exhaust, Schneider Roller Cam, -4° Cam Pulley, Cone Filter, Gilles Boost Control Valve set at 17 psi, Walbro 255 lph, CHE Rear Lower and Upper Control Arms, Braided Brake Lines, Hawk HPS 5.0 Front and HPS (F) Rear, CRES Inserts in front calipers, and '93 Cobra Wheels with General 235/50R17 Tires.   
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anasazi4st 
Thanks so much for the kind words! I’ve heard so much about how these cars sucked when they came out but I am surprised by all the love I get while driving it! She won’t be blowing up any time soon, knock on wood Big Grin she had the recall done LOL. 

Mikey97D 
This timing is hilarious, my PIMPxS actually just came in yesterday and I’m gonna be setting it up today, going full sequential so should be a fair bit of work, wish me luck! Smile 

Pics of the car! "https://imgur.com/a/glhcI9m"


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1987 Ford Mustang LX 5.0
1974 Ford Pinto Wagon 2.3 Turbo
1973 Ford Maverick 4 Door 302
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anasazi4st Offline
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(01-27-2024, 05:58 PM)AloofMaalouf Wrote: anasazi4st 
Thanks so much for the kind words! I’ve heard so much about how these cars sucked when they came out but I am surprised by all the love I get while driving it! She won’t be blowing up any time soon, knock on wood Big Grin she had the recall done LOL. 

Mikey97D 
This timing is hilarious, my PIMPxS actually just came in yesterday and I’m gonna be setting it up today, going full sequential so should be a fair bit of work, wish me luck! Smile 

Pics of the car! "https://imgur.com/a/glhcI9m"

Great job! That is just a thing of beauty for a car that frankly was never supposed to be very attractive in the first place--if you'll excuse me saying so.
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, 3 T5OD full rebuilds, 6 clutches, 1 head gasket, 2 Teves II ABS units, etc. later....
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(01-29-2024, 12:20 AM)anasazi4st Wrote:
(01-27-2024, 05:58 PM)AloofMaalouf Wrote: anasazi4st 
Thanks so much for the kind words! I’ve heard so much about how these cars sucked when they came out but I am surprised by all the love I get while driving it! She won’t be blowing up any time soon, knock on wood Big Grin she had the recall done LOL. 

Mikey97D 
This timing is hilarious, my PIMPxS actually just came in yesterday and I’m gonna be setting it up today, going full sequential so should be a fair bit of work, wish me luck! Smile 

Pics of the car! "https://imgur.com/a/glhcI9m"

Great job! That is just a thing of beauty for a car that frankly was never supposed to be very attractive in the first place--if you'll excuse me saying so.

I whole heartedly agree!!! Big Grin
1987 Ford Mustang LX 5.0
1974 Ford Pinto Wagon 2.3 Turbo
1973 Ford Maverick 4 Door 302
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I love wagons!!! That looks sweet!
1988 TC, 5 spd, Stinger 3" Exhaust, Schneider Roller Cam, -4° Cam Pulley, Cone Filter, Gilles Boost Control Valve set at 17 psi, Walbro 255 lph, CHE Rear Lower and Upper Control Arms, Braided Brake Lines, Hawk HPS 5.0 Front and HPS (F) Rear, CRES Inserts in front calipers, and '93 Cobra Wheels with General 235/50R17 Tires.   
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