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put a 2.3L turbo in a 92 tbird?

How much of a hassle would it be to put a 2.3L turbo out of a 87 thunderbird into a 92 tbird that had a 3.8L V6?

3.8 is blown and 2.3L came out of a wrecked turbo coupe which only had 18,000 miles.
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The MN12 chassis weighs about 700lbs more and with the 3.27 gears you most likely have in the rear it will be a slug.

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Ah I didn't know there was that much difference in weight! Dang!
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The car would be a total dog, and the wiring would likely be a total nightmare.

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I say drop that bi*** in there, put some rediculously low gears in it, get a boost controller and have fun That's what i'd do anyway. Youd also need somethin else to drive, cuz it'd prolly take a while

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It would be an extensive project, but I think it could make for a really fun car. With a lot less weight up front, and some suspension work, the car would corner like its on rails, and since turbo'd 4-cyls. like to rev to the sky, some 4.56s in the rear would make up for the lack of torque. I say if you have the time and money to do it right, then go for it and see how it turns out.

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It would be an extensive project, but I think it could make for a really fun car. With a lot less weight up front, and some suspension work, the car would corner like its on rails, and since turbo'd 4-cyls. like to rev to the sky, some 4.56s in the rear would make up for the lack of torque. I say if you have the time and money to do it right, then go for it and see how it turns out.
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I wouldn't be doin all the work myself got a guy I know that could help.

My 92 still runs, kinda as it sputters alot here lately. I can get the other 92 for $100.

What would really be fun is if I had another 5.4L like in my truck to put in that bird but I can't keep my foot out of it.

What might even be more fun yet would be to take a turbo 2.3 and put in a little ranger! lol. Now i'm dreaming again.
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Hey, I like that last idea AND I have a Ranger...box that puppy up and send it on down...

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I wouldn't be doin all the work myself got a guy I know that could help.

My 92 still runs, kinda as it sputters alot here lately. I can get the other 92 for $100.

What would really be fun is if I had another 5.4L like in my truck to put in that bird but I can't keep my foot out of it.

What might even be more fun yet would be to take a turbo 2.3 and put in a little ranger! lol. Now i'm dreaming again.
Been done 100 times. The 2.3L turbo ranger, I mean.

Google it.

But anyways, could the little 2.3L even manage hauling our heavy ass MN12 butts around???

To hell with it, put some 4.11s in there and that should be streetable, but mod out the 2.3L and keep it mated to the T-5. Or a 4R70W...

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Been done 100 times. The 2.3L turbo ranger, I mean.

Google it.

But anyways, could the little 2.3L even manage hauling our heavy ass MN12 butts around???

To hell with it, put some 4.11s in there and that should be streetable, but mod out the 2.3L and keep it mated to the T-5. Or a 4R70W...
I dont believe there is any 4R70W has the proper bellhousing bolt pattern to mate up to the 2.3L, you would need a A4LD if you want an auto trans

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The 2.3L still has a 5 speed bolted to it. Too bad the rear end was already sold for parts.

I can also get a complete 85 Mustang SVO with 5 speed complete but not running currently for $1500.
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Why not buy the tbird and the SVO and use parts from the bird to fix the SVO? That would be a lot easier than swapping the 2.3 into the 92 bird, and I think you would be happier with the results too.

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Why not buy the tbird and the SVO and use parts from the bird to fix the SVO? That would be a lot easier than swapping the 2.3 into the 92 bird, and I think you would be happier with the results too.
i second this post. and with the turbo4 the power to weight would be a nice combo

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The wrecked turbo coupe is gone only thing left is engine and tranny. Besides being totaled it caught fire so everything behind the engine was toast. Anything salvageable was sold with exception of engine and trans. I just figured it may be fun to put a 2.3 turbo in a unsuspected vehicle.

SVO needs a lot of TLC. Though it has only around 20,000 miles it has sit for 15+ years outside.

Tires rotted and flat, breaks and rotors calipers rusted stuck, Fuel pump leaks, Car does start but won't stay running and shakes and sputters badly in dire need of complete tune up. Starting to RUST from ground up, flaking paint, head liner rotted and fell off, Ball joints and tie rod boots dried up,... list goes on.... Sad life for such a car. Plus the asking price is $1500.
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Well considering the SVO is worth at least $10K in decent shape, it still might not be a bad idea to buy it and fix it.

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Well considering the SVO is worth at least $10K in decent shape, it still might not be a bad idea to buy it and fix it.
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Who in the world would park an SVO after 20k miles and let it sit outside?


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Get an old Datsun Z car and toss the 2.3t in there... those cars weigh almost nothing!!!! You can say i'm a lil biast though...

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Go for it in the Tbird As you can always tell someone that you dropped a 2.3 turbo in a later Bird. Now how many people can say that?!?!

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OMG get the SVO and put it under tarp or something those things are very rare, worth a big pile of cash even in terrible shape. Forget the bird when you have one of those. They are like a turbo coupe only with an awesome suspension and lighter. Someone will do a nut and bolt resto on it for sure if you sold it. Those things arent parted out, they are restored.

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