'88 TC swap into '83 5.0

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  1. dallenx

    dallenx New Member

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    Before anyone asks why, it's because the '83 GLX started as a parts car.
    After driving my '89 LX 2.3 and reading about the MPG on the 2.3t, I now want to put a turbo into the '83.

    I found an '88 TurboCoupe yesterday, complete car, heard it crank but it wouldn't start.

    So here's the questions:
    Anyone have the wiring diagram for the '83 GLX?
    Same for the '88 TC?
    I believe I'll need to swap the engine, tranny, rear axle, EEC-IV, intercooler, vam-map-maf-etc, gas tank (will it fit?) and then shorten the drive line (is this true?).
    Any other advise? ANYTHING, really, don't assume I know a damn thing, I won't take it personally.

    Are there more sites then these?
    http://www.msvorinich.itgo.com/
    http://projecthp.ford23.com/
    http://www.flemworld.com/
    http://stinger-performance.com/TechMain.html
    http://www.foureyedpride.com/

    Are there more threads then these? Have any of these cars been completed?
    http://forums.stangnet.com/showthread.php?t=600139&highlight=swap
    http://forums.stangnet.com/showthread.php?t=572422&highlight=swap
    http://forums.stangnet.com/showthread.php?t=485046&highlight=swap
    http://forums.stangnet.com/showthread.php?t=435837&highlight=swap
    http://forums.stangnet.com/showthread.php?t=399734&highlight=swap
    http://forums.stangnet.com/showthread.php?t=399529&highlight=swap

    Does anyone need any parts of an '88 TC?
     
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  2. Red_LX

    Red_LX I’m not much help unless you’re looking for porn! Mod Dude Founding Member

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    I'm not sure about all the other stuff, but I do know that a Thunderbird gas tank won't fit in a Fox mustang (too big), and if the '83 was a four speed car then you will have to get a different driveshaft. One from a later model 5 speed mustang would work though.

    Oh, and this is a minor thing, but just remember that the Thunderbird is set up with a hydraulic clutch, so you will have to swap bellhousings if you want to use a cable-operated clutch, and Thunderbirds have an electronic speedo drive as opposed to the cable drive on Mustangs. Also, the transmissions behind Turbo engines have a 7 tooth speedo drive, vs 6 tooth for naturally aspirated cars, so you gotta make sure you get a turbo-specific cable speedo drive.

    Remember that you can swap all the Thunderbird's brakes over to the Mustang, but you'll want a bigger master cylinder (which will be easy since your car already has a 2-port master...a good one to pick up is one for an '85 Lincoln Town car, 1" bore, you can get it for about $20). The four wheel disc would be nice though :)
     
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