Get the car going first, then worry about performance. There is a Fuel Cut off switch, its located in the trunk behind the driver side tail light, just pull the trunk carpeting back to find it. Another known problem is the auxilery shaft and distributor gear. The dizzy is run off of the auxilery shaft, which is run off the timing belt. When you take the cap off, make sure the dist spins when the car is cranked. If it doesnt, then one or both of those gears might be stripped. Not a bad fix at all. Good idea on checking the timing belt, its VERY possible and bery easy to fix. Reliability wise, these cars are Ok. I drive over 100 miles to race it and trust it. Some engines are running over 200K on the bottom ends and are running under 14's in the quarter.
Is the car auto or standard? The auto transmissions are A4ld and are known to crap out which is why the auto cars are limited to 10#s of boost. Most change out to the t-5 or swap in a c-4 using an adapter plate from Canfield Industries. If I remember right, auto cars had single exhaust while the standard had dual exhaust.
Now, for go fast goodies. Look the intercooler over and see if it looks ok. If its an 87-88 intercooler then $50 is too much (besides its aluminum, its shouldnt rust). If he has the FMS intercooler, then picking it up for $50 is a good thing. Do a motorcraft Tune-up, these cars only like motorcraft. The 86's had the T-3 turbos by Garrett. You need to take the snout off the compressor and see if there is any in and out play, side to side play, and if it spins freely. Slight play is OK.
A hybrid turbo is overkill for only 300hp. The T-3 is more than enough to get you there. At 300hp the stock fuel system cant keep up. Youll need a fuel pump to just run any power over stock safely, and an adj. fuel pressure regulator to bump the pressure up slightly (2-3psi) to cheat the injectors a little. Anything more will require aftermarket tuners (EEC Tuner, Tweecer, SDS, Megasquirt) to control the larger injectors. Put on a 3inch exhaust, cone filter, and a boostvalve.com valve to really wake the car up.
You can look in my signature for what im running. The ranger cam is really a decent camshaft for not alot of money, but its holding me back now and im looking to swap it out for the a237 and shoot for 13's. I believe that im starting to push the limits of the stock fuel system as well.
If you really want to know alot about these cars try NATO (www.turbotbird.com
). Theres a bunch of great people there that will be more then happy to help you out.
'95 T-Bird - Light green, 98 Crown Vic Police Interceptor Engine, 96 Grand Marquis Tranny, 3.27 Trac-loc, Ford MotorSports Trans cooler, Sport Springs, Blaupunkt Richmond, Memphis Car Audio 5x7's, Cerwin-Vega 150.2 powering mids/highs, Volgenhag 4-channel 1200w amp (junk), 2 Memphis Car Audio 12's
'88 T-bird turbo - Silver, 5spd, Rebuilt Engine, t-3 .63, Custom FMIC, Bobs Big Log, Bob's 3" Elbow, Walbro 255lph, Maximum Motorsports Coil-over Kit, Bilstein HD struts, Hypercoil 200# 14" Springs, Caster/Camber Plates, Ranger Roller, Gillis Valve at 20#, 3in. Side-Dump Exhaust, NGK Iridium XI Plugs, Jacobs C-4 Coil, High Volume Oil Pump, MAX PSI Oil Lines, Poly Bushings, 245/50/R16 Nitto 450's, Autocross car
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