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Turbo Upgrade
Phillieb Offline
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#1
Hi Guys, I want to start upgrading my turbo coupe's turbo system to get a little more horse power . Where is the first place I should start? I see pics of turbo coupes where it looks like they don't use the factory intercooler and seem to reroute it towards the radiator area . So where should I start? Thanks Phillieb
Philip Boccabella Burgundy car 5 speed 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2.3 liter. Water/meth system. Recently eliminated the cat converter and added flow master mufflers and 3"pipes.55,000mi./1988 T/C-Black T3 garret new paint in 2018
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TurboBoost88 Offline
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#2
3" down pipe and front mount intercooler is a good place to start.
88 TurboCoupe,Midnight Metallic Blue on Blue cloth, 140 m.p.h. speedo, 96,000 miles, 5spd. Gills valve, many new parts waiting to be installed..88 TC, Silver, 5spd, My first car, wish I still had that one! Built for customers: 67 Ford Fairlane,69 Mach I,70 Mach I Clone,95 Ranger 2.3/5.0 EFI Conversion,99 Cobra Procharger SC-1 Install/Tune,Factory Five Racing Mark III Cobra #4114,1955 Black on Black Thunderbird for local Ford Dealer owner's wife.
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Pete D Offline
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#3
Consider doing anything in this article that you haven't already done, first.
http://turbotbird.com/techinfo/Mods/Mods01.htm
Pete Dunham


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Phillieb Offline
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#4
Guys, which type of intercooler would you suggest.I looked at the summit website and it says there are 34 varieties to choose from for these cars.Can you guys suggest one?Thanks for the other info Pete. phillieb
Philip Boccabella Burgundy car 5 speed 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2.3 liter. Water/meth system. Recently eliminated the cat converter and added flow master mufflers and 3"pipes.55,000mi./1988 T/C-Black T3 garret new paint in 2018
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ianbfromct Offline
Senior Member
#5
You have a few options..

http://www.stinger-performance.com/stockparts.html

http://www.gnariperformance.com/product/...cooler-kit

Big NPR Isuzu factory FMIC (if you can find one)

Volvo FMIC (which Idk bout running, I had gotten one from a swap meet and never put it on because alot of people say its not worth the trouble of installing, because they have plastic end caps and cant hold up more than 16-20 ish psi...)

There really isnt a bolt in kit asides from the 2 links I posted. You kinda have to measure/experiment. But you should do full 3" exhaust,bigger fuel pump, gillis valve (manual boost controller)Then worry about a FMIC
88 5 speed TC
-3" DP,lowered, 255 Walbro, Gillis valve, Cobra R's, bondo/rust, Stinger's PIMP Ecu
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ianbfromct Offline
Senior Member
#6
But before you do any of the fun stuff..make sure your tune up/timing belt/water pump is healthy and in check.
88 5 speed TC
-3" DP,lowered, 255 Walbro, Gillis valve, Cobra R's, bondo/rust, Stinger's PIMP Ecu
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86 XR7 5spd Offline
Senior Member
#7
ianbfromct Wrote:But before you do any of the fun stuff..make sure your tune up/timing belt/water pump is healthy and in check.


+1
thorough tune up & inspection including fuel filter

Also, before you start writing checks:
I suggest clarifying the goals you have for the car,
how you plan to use it,
and this will help guide yor modification plan.

for example, if you wished to maintain 'stock appearance' -
there are numerous mods which are completely undetectable.

and other mods which are subtle,
like swapping yur '87-8 IHI turbo for a '83-6 Garrett.

personally I like 'looking original' and modding factory parts,
or using other year factory parts which are upgrades to mine..

whichever way you choose,
almost every recipe will start with getting your exhaust manifold ported.
and ceramic coated..

then you'll prolly want to source a Garrett,
port match the turbine housing to the exh. mani,
and get the turb. housing coated too Wink
David T
T5 / ported E3 / .63 / 35# / K&N
2.5" exhaust w/ cherry bomb
30+ mpg! 8.2 0-60, [email protected] 1/4 (gTech)
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