Backyard Mechanic wrote:
> "David N Emmet" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in
>>I was just visiting with a friend who is restoring an 88 turbo coupe
>>that he has owned since new. Nice job on the body, now he wants to
>>make it breathe a bit better.
>>Can someone please offer some suggestions for performance upgrades in
>>this motor? 120k on it, Mobil 1 since new.
>>Everything from mild to wild will be considered. Specifically, any
>>computer related enhancements, boost raising ability and overall hp
>>gaining mods. Also, suggestions for speed shops or wrenches in the
>>Boston area, or web sites that cater to these engines
> Note, though that the TC is never gonna beat a mildly modified 5.0 Tbird
A Turbo Coupe will easily smoke a 5.0 T-Bird, mildly modified or not.
They have the 150-hp version of the 302, which is an absolute dog. I've
owned a TC and driven both, there's no comparison.
As for cheap/easy upgrades, a K&N cone filter in place of the lousy
stock airbox helps slightly. Also, get a boost controller--a stock turbo
on an '88 will run up to about 17-18 psi, and this makes a significant
difference. I got a kit for about $50 from www.boostvalve.com
Also check out www.turboford.org
, they are both
great sites with a lot of helpful people.
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