Want an 88 TC for my 'Stang, found an 87. Any difference?

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  1. evintho

    evintho Member

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    I've been searching for an '88 TC, inorder to swap the drivetrain and anything else I can into my '89 LX convertible. I just located an '87 TC, 5-speed, complete and in running condition for $500. My question, is there any difference between an '87 & '88? Are they both LA3's? Are the computers programmed exactly the same? Same factory HP rating? Same turbos? Same VAM's? :shrug: In other words, are the drivetrains EXACTLY the same, and should I settle for the '87?
    Thanks Stanger's
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    Nope.... 87 and 88 were the EXACT same thing.... I'm using the 87 for my 96 ranger swap
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    Actually the only major difference between the 87s and 88s, engine-wise, is the alternators. The 87s had external fans while the 88s had internal...

    Anthony
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    Just the computers but nothing worth fussing over.
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    Crovax,
    Do you know what the difference is with the computers? I just want the best fuel curve, timing, etc.
    Thanks
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    it depends on what computer is in the car, it goes like this for 5speeds...
    87 TC 5sp --- LA and LA2
    88 TC 5sp --- LA3

    I was told the differnce between the La2 and the la3 is the la3 is tuneable with an aftermarket Tweecer/EEC tuner. So it doesnt really matter unless u are looking to do some major tweaking.
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    CruzNlife1 Founding Member

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    I was told the LA3 had a faster processor, not noticeable, but just the thought of knowing it's there... I'm running an LA3 and big vam with K&N and flowed browntops, Intercooled T3, through gutted intakes, ported head, roller cam, and out through a bob log turbo header, down 3" downpipe, to straight pipe, dual outs in the back.... Should make some nice power
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    nice, thats gonna be pretty much my setup minus the logheader...ill be running a ported e6 until i come up with either the $$$ for a header or an brilliant idea on how to make my own ;O) oh yeah ill be running oversized valves aswell....what kind of intercooler do u have setup?
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    Thanks for the info, everyone! I bought the '87 TC. Can't wait to start the swap!
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