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Old 09-10-2004, 05:44 AM   #1
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Tweaking a Turbo Coupe

Alright I have a pretty basic 1987 T-Bird Turbo Coupe. 4-Cylinder, 2.3L, 5-speed, turbo puts out about 15lbs of boost, it's got the ride control and the rest of the goodies like climate control etc. This will be a fun nice looking driver, not a show car.

Currently it's going through some basic repairs, needed new coil springs, brakes, radiator, blah blah. Only modification I have really found has been a straight pipe with no muffler, the catalytic converter is still there. Most of the gaskets in the engine are going to be replaced shortly. Will probably pull the whole engine to do this.

Now for the question;
What can/should I do to give it a little better performance? From most of the posts I have read doesn't appear to be much I can do. Is this true? I do not want to switch to a nonturbo engine, nor would I really even consider it. Money isn't a terribly huge problem, but I don't want to spend a ton considering it still need body work. The more I spend now, the longer it has to wait for a decent paint job and the rust removed.

Looking for any/all suggestions, let me know what other info y'all need.

Confused owner of an '87 Turbo Coupe.

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Old 09-10-2004, 03:05 PM   #2
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I am sure there is a ton of infomation on the web for the 2.3 turbo motor. I have one that is going into a Bradley GTII one of these days.

Here is one site I found:2.3 webring

Just google on ford 2.3 turbo performance.

Good luck.
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Old 10-03-2004, 04:16 PM   #3
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Also you should check out , go into their forums, the have tons of stuff for 2.3s 3.8s and 5.0s. Good luck
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Old 11-05-2004, 01:54 AM   #4
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Another great site is the NATO - North American Turbocoupe Organization - I have an 88 Turbo coupe and have picked up a LOT of great info there - plus theyr'e all a bunch of nice people.......these cars have a lot of performance potential and can make up to 300 hp without a lot of expensive mods (relatively speaking)....
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