Have my engine out of a 1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe I picked up for a measly 750 dollars. Already pulled the engine and sent the block to machine shop for cleaning and hopefully just honing. The plan for now is to pop the engine back into the T-Bird until I find that absolutely mint fox body convertible to make my own THUNDERSTANG! This is my first four banger and first turbo engine so I am trying to get it right.
I ordered most of the engine components from Summit Racing and found a IHI turbo rebuild kit on eBay for a fair price. Going to keep the stock Forged Pistons and I am replacing the cam with a roller out of a 92 ranger (already have it) I haven't looked at it yet but I believe I have the stock desirable LA3 ECU already in the car. The T-5 in it now is in overall good shape besides a leaking rear seal, and I will most likely keep it stock. Also trying to work out the details on installing a bypass valve to help with the spool time between shifts. I am shooting for a goal of around 300 RWHP and we will see where the torque ends up if i meet that number. Does 300 sound reasonable with my parts?
I found when pulling the engine apart, I have four green top injectors. not lime green like the Ford Racing 42lb injectors, but a more olive drab green which I believe to be 30lb injectors. Any idea why my engine would have those rather than the brown top 35's that should have come stock? I am trying to decide whether to buy 42lb or 35lb injectors to replace them.
I am also going to replace my stock fuel pump with a Walboro 255 pump when the time comes but for now i have not been able to locate the stock one. Anyone know where the pump is on a 1987 turbo? Is it in the tank? Google is no help.
As it sits, the tbird has a 3inch pipe coming from the turbo into a Y pipe with two 2.5 inch dynomax mufflers. I plan to tear that out and replace it with a straight 3inch pipe and a straight through muffler unless someone tells me i should keep the duels.
Last question i have for now. The stock intercooler on my bird is a top mount which is cooled through two hood scoops. I plan to install a FMIC in the fox body, but it will be installed first in the bird. The front bumper cover is one solid piece of plastic with no grille or similar so will that destroy the purpose of a FMIC or am I missing something?
Empty Thunderbird engine bay
The lighting isnt so great, this is a wonderful Ford Corporate Blue
Lotsa parts to go through and clean up