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Old 12-30-2010, 17:58   #1 (permalink)
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Hi folks! If anyone here knows any tips or has any suggestions at all, please let me know. My project is converting a 1988 TC (was an automatic car) to a 351W roller & stroker (393) engine (probably carb'd but have yet to decide). As far as the basics, I've built a few Ford engines in my day so mechanically, I'm fairly knowledgeable. It's the wiring that scares the crap out of me! I'm probably going to keep this an auto (built C4 or C6) and leave the gears as they are (373s). I'll be tying the frame, upgrading the suspension, brakes, drive shaft, mounts and other stuff. I'd say that the wiring may dictate what I want to do. In other words, it may influence whether or not I can make this beast a fuel injected / turbo'd machine, or bring the compression ratio up to about 10:1 and make it carb'd with juice! Or, maybe a combination. Bottom line is, I'd like to keep most of the wiring intact and use it where I can. If I run a turbo, I'd even like the little green turbo light to come on.
It's going to be a relatively slow project due to limited funds but I have most of the basic hardware I'll probably need including the car. Any of you project brainiacs, please feel free to offer advice.
Thanks guys. BTW, I from near Chambersburg, PA (Carlisle country!)
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:20   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 88 TC with 351 swap project

The little green light is not a turbo light it is a firm ride light. The light comes on when you floor the gas with the Ride set on auto no when the turbo is building boost there is a boost gauge below that light that tells you when you are building boost. I have the same car you have mine is loaded with options it has everything you can get in it ext. the moon roof The stereo sounds better than my brothers 3000watts. I stole it for $600. Now this is the good news for you I can tell you everything you need to know I will even come wire it all up for you IF I can talk you out of the stock 2.3 engine. And just for some fun after all the work is done we can line my 2.3 soon to be 5 speed up to your 5.8 auto I might show you size doesn't matter. I will have stock block and head with aftermarket turbo and front mount intercooler. I know I can pull my full built 2.3 out of my XR4Ti and put in my 94 F150 4x4 5speed Shortbed and outrun most things even the gas station I love the 2.3 turbos great on gas make great hp can you believe the 2.3 will make 1000 crank hp thats like having a little lawn mower making 250hp that would be a ride I have a 115hp lawn mower Did you know that at 70mph a lawn mower is hard to keep on all 4 wheels
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