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Old 03-11-2003, 03:27   #1 (permalink)
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Is it all falcons here? or are there some lasers around?

I just got an immaculate 88 laser from a friend for a bargain.. it's dead stock, but in pretty damn good condition considering.. paint and body are still awesome, interior is perfect (yes, absolutely IMMACULATE in every aspect), just a few small mechanical things like needs new CV joints and needs a decent full tune-up.

Now i'm curious about a few things.. being a person from a jap-car background.. and only owning one shitty old ford years ago..

basic bodykits for lasers? do they exist and where? No, not riceboy wild sh!te, just basic frontbars etc to make it look a little bit nicer and a little bit more modern.. the basic shape of the laser is nice for a hatch, that nose just needs some changing!

secondly, engines.. I don't know -anything- about laser engines.. is it worth working on this one or replacing it with something else?

thanks for any help guys.. sorry i dont have a falcon, kinda outta my budget at the moment :)
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Old 03-11-2003, 03:32   #2 (permalink)
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For starters the laser is a jap-car (mazda). Secondly - have a look at Canberra Car Styling or SSV for body kits etc.

Thirdly - whack a supercharged V8 in it and you'll have fun all day every day. Maybe not a good idea - it probably wouldn't fit. lol
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Old 03-11-2003, 03:38   #3 (permalink)
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Heh yeh kinda WISH i could fit a V8 in.. would definitely make it a much more fun car! Then again a FWD V8 is kinda a waste.. and RWD conversion would cost a LOT.

SR20DET? :)

i'm mostly just keen (and the reason i came here) to find find some people who have worked on lasers etc to see what they've done, what can be done, and to learn more etc.
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Old 03-11-2003, 15:32   #4 (permalink)
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I had an '83 Laser I drove to it's final death. Solid cars.

Do the '88 Lasers still have the carbs? If so, there is a twin-carb mod you can do that motor, which an old mate had done to a Meteor (which is interchagable with the Lasers.)
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Go the BP turbo engine from a TX3. With a bit of work I'm sure it would pull along quite nicely. Plus it would drop straight in! The SR20DET would have more potential, but would create more headaches for sure.

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Old 03-11-2003, 17:44   #6 (permalink)
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Hey Tranceformer please hang around and try and ignore comments like those from JCV8. We don't all share those views.

This is a FORD Forum so you should be welcome. Ford have a controlling interest in Mazda anyway for those that can't accept a Japanese built Ford.

This place could do with a few more local Ford models IMO. It's currently very Falcon centric.
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Old 03-11-2003, 19:11   #7 (permalink)
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Kenaz: excuse my newbieness but aren't all TX3s 4WD? so would putting a TX3 engine in mean converting to 4WD or could I do it while keeping it FWD? I do plan on working this car.. but I don't have a very fat wallet that's all.

Raptor: Thanks.. I do plan on staying around as much as I can.. at least to see what I can learn from you guys.. a few more laser members would be sweet then this forum could teach me a lot more. Mainly right now i'm just trying to learn as much as I possibly can.

Venom XR: Yes has the carb.. what sorta improvements can be expected from a twin-carbie setup? obviously more power for more fuel flow, but how much more power? Worth it you reckon?
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Old 03-11-2003, 20:39   #8 (permalink)
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I can't give you any figures Tranceformer, but my mate was pretty happy when he made that change on his Meteor.
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Old 03-11-2003, 21:05   #9 (permalink)
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Hrm ok.. would I just talk to a mechanic about a "twin carbie" conversion? or would it be easy for me to find the part your talking about from a wrecker or spare parts place and figure out the work myself? Sorry if these sound like simple questions.. still learning it all :)
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Old 03-11-2003, 22:47   #10 (permalink)
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Check out

http://cust.idl.com.au/lasers/index2.htm

and see what other Laser owners have done (some of it rice - WRX scoops and XR bonnets vents? hehe....)
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