North American Turbocoupe Organization



Putting the T-Bird back in the Line-Up
Thor Power Offline
Senior Member
#1
Well....here's my soon-to-be-tested theory. Here's the plan. I have accepted a full time position in the Air Force Reserve, M-F. This is in San Antonio, TX. I live in Pflugerville, TX (outskirts of Austin, TX). To and from work, door to door is 117 miles, one way. Round trip = 234mi. This is the crazy math part.... 5 day's a week x 4 weeks. I will be driving est. 1170mi a week, 4680mi a month... with Grand Total of 56,160mi a year!

I am currently rebuilding my engine. The mileage is hwy miles, so in theory, if I drive modestly, my T-Bird will become a gladiator and last!!! What do you think?
88 Sports "Thor" disassembled
88 Grey 5spd Turbocoupe "Hooptie" ('09 Calendar) Parted out & crushed.(Tbird Heaven)
88 Black 5spd Turbocoupe Parted out & crushed. (Tbird Heaven)
88 Red 5spd Turbocoupe (newest member)
02 Lincoln Continental (road warrior)
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FastN'Fried Offline
Senior Member
#2
I have always thought the tbird was a great highway car. I rebuilt mine and it is currently my daily driver. I'm only putting about 65 miles on it a day though haha. Engines are meant to spin, so spin 'em! :beer:
1988 Canyon Red Turbo Coupe
Carrillo pistons +.030, ARP hardware, 3in exhaust, and a magnaflow
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Thor Power Offline
Senior Member
#3
My thoughts exactly! I can't wait to get the engine back and turbo upgraded. We have a toll road in Texas that connects Pflugerville to San Antonio. Speed limit is 80-85 mph.
88 Sports "Thor" disassembled
88 Grey 5spd Turbocoupe "Hooptie" ('09 Calendar) Parted out & crushed.(Tbird Heaven)
88 Black 5spd Turbocoupe Parted out & crushed. (Tbird Heaven)
88 Red 5spd Turbocoupe (newest member)
02 Lincoln Continental (road warrior)
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#4
The TC is one of the best highway cars ever built, IMO. Extremely comfortable seats, nice ride, good power and good fuel economy all in one package.
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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ridgeback Offline
Member
#5
Just get yourself a nice cell phone mount and more importantly a "CUP HOLDER"! Oh maybe a new XM stereo too... my future upgrade.

"The TC is one of the best highway cars ever built" totally agree!
Unfortunately the highway is where my Bird has got me into many confrontations with the law so I had to put her on time out for about 3 years in my garage.

"Pflugerville to San Antonio. Speed limit is 80-85 mph" I may just move down there for that one reason!
Ron

Black 87 TC, 2nd owner since [email protected], [email protected]
Current Mods: Gillis valve @18psi. K&N Cone. Removed AC components, New: Esslinger Aux. Shaft, Seals, Melling Oil Pump, Heater core. Ranger cam & rollers, new tower bearings, Walbro 255 fuel pump
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Puchrider Offline
Member
#6
I can attest to the fuel economy. Drove to Foxtober Fest (going from South Atlanta to Kannapolis, NC) and averaged over 30mpg. Been daily-ing mine lately to school before it gets too cold. Great cars!
~Puchrider~

1985 BMW 325e
1986 Turbo-Coupe- 3rd Owner
1995 BMW 325is- Daily
1998 "Banana-Yellow" Mark VIII LSC-CE- TR3650 Swap Pending..
2007 "Banana-Yellow" Peterbilt 386- Converting into an RV



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Thor Power Offline
Senior Member
#7
My first T-Bird 1988 (THOR-original owner) I have 367,000. I put him aside awaiting for engine mod......Ford Racing 392 Stroker crate motor...

I agree! Music, cruise control, cup holder (lol),......ah.. I'm visualizing it now......
88 Sports "Thor" disassembled
88 Grey 5spd Turbocoupe "Hooptie" ('09 Calendar) Parted out & crushed.(Tbird Heaven)
88 Black 5spd Turbocoupe Parted out & crushed. (Tbird Heaven)
88 Red 5spd Turbocoupe (newest member)
02 Lincoln Continental (road warrior)
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ridgeback Offline
Member
#8
I find myself having a hard time using Cruise control on my Bird especially when pushing more HP than stock.... runs soooo smooth at 80mph
Ron

Black 87 TC, 2nd owner since [email protected], [email protected]
Current Mods: Gillis valve @18psi. K&N Cone. Removed AC components, New: Esslinger Aux. Shaft, Seals, Melling Oil Pump, Heater core. Ranger cam & rollers, new tower bearings, Walbro 255 fuel pump
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Thor Power Offline
Senior Member
#9
Ron being in CT, I guess you don't need any AC components?
88 Sports "Thor" disassembled
88 Grey 5spd Turbocoupe "Hooptie" ('09 Calendar) Parted out & crushed.(Tbird Heaven)
88 Black 5spd Turbocoupe Parted out & crushed. (Tbird Heaven)
88 Red 5spd Turbocoupe (newest member)
02 Lincoln Continental (road warrior)
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FastN'Fried Offline
Senior Member
#10
I'm still not confident enough to take mine on a road trip yet. The engine is less than a year old and runs like a top. The only thing really holding me back is my tune. Its good but not great and far from perfect lol.

I second the cup holder!! Don't trust cruise control. Too easy to spin out with the old system like our birds have, or so they say.
1988 Canyon Red Turbo Coupe
Carrillo pistons +.030, ARP hardware, 3in exhaust, and a magnaflow
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