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tall intake on an 87...question
V6TBird87 Offline
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#1
i was looking at my car today, and i have a tall valve cover, and tall intakes, and im not sure if i have the 85-86 throttle body, or the 87-88, not sure if theres a difference

but as i was looking, i realized, there isnt any clearance between the valve cover and throttle body as it is, the rubber coupling for the throttle body to IC is nearly touching the IC

something not right here? i was thinking about throwing an SC throttle body on, since i can get one cheap/free

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1987 Thunderbird 3.8
1987 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed

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2018 Mustang GT
1988 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed

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Keith Nubel Offline
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#2
The valve cover for the 87-88 has an indent to allow clearance for the shorter upper intake. The upper on the 87-88 is shorter then the 83-86 because of the intercooler. The throttle bodies are all the same and completely interchangable. Other then that I don't know what clearance problems you have unless the intercooler isn't mounted correctly.

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V6TBird87 Offline
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#3
its mounted correctly, everything is proper, maybe soon ill go out and snap a pic of everything

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1987 Thunderbird 3.8
1987 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed

www.foxthunderbirds.fast-go.com

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2018 Mustang GT
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V6TBird87 Offline
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#4
this shows a bit of the littler clearance i have between the valve cover and the throttle body/intake to IC coupler

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1987 Thunderbird 3.8
1987 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed

www.foxthunderbirds.fast-go.com

aka Tbird232ci
2018 Mustang GT
1988 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed

aka Tbird232ci
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Chuck W Offline
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#5
That is the "old" v/c. Are you sure you don't have the short intake on there?

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TurboCoupe50 Offline
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#6
I'm with Chuck... Looks like the short intake and tall valve cover.

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Lx-tasy Offline
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#7
I agree with Chuck.It looks like you have the short intake on the tall valve cover.The tall intake will be smooth and not say anything on it, the short intake will say "ford 2.3" or something like that.
Chris
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V6TBird87 Offline
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#8
yeah, its the short intake

i was under the impression that the short intake wouldnt fit the tall valve cover at all

at least i know my problem

NEW QUESTION!

is there a phenolic spacer for between the upper and lower, that would raise the short intake up? i like the look of the Ford EFI and all that on the short, and i wouldnt need to track down another intake

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1987 Thunderbird 3.8
1987 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed

www.foxthunderbirds.fast-go.com

aka Tbird232ci
2018 Mustang GT
1988 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed

aka Tbird232ci
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Pete D Offline
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#9
Somebody over at TF has made a spacer. I can't believe i could be that hard to do.
Pete Dunham


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V6TBird87 Offline
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#10
or expensive for that matter, would probably be great to do when having the intakes guted/ported, and putting the throttle body on

Pete...do you sleep?

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1987 Thunderbird 3.8
1987 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed

www.foxthunderbirds.fast-go.com

aka Tbird232ci
2018 Mustang GT
1988 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed

aka Tbird232ci
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