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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-07-2010, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Just wondering who else here has a TC? And what kind of mods you got?
Mine is a 88 model with all of the options except the moon roof and equalizer. My current mods are: fenderwell CAI, 3" down pipe, boost controller, complete motor and turbo rebuild about 60K miles ago, bored .30 over, cut Eibach springs, flowmaster muffler,and prolly something else that i am missing. I have the boost turned up to around 15 psi and its a beast for a 4 banger. I just wish all those v8 people would realize it lol. I would really hate to embarrass any of them lol.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-10-2010, 05:55 PM
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I have a 85 TC 218k miles on it factory headgasket, boosting 22psi TurboXS 2 stage boost controller, custom 2.5 exhaust with Aero chamber muffler, 88 snowflake rims, MSD coil, HD rear springs,Vortech SC Blue box with boost ref for time retard, custom Headliner, new winshield. Custom made motor mounts, trans mount and x-member mounts, B&M ripper shifter

waiting to be bolted in the car...
New engine on the stand, T3/T4 hybrid turbo, PnP intakes, 60mm Tb, rebuilt 7.5 rear w/ FMS limited slip and 3.73 gears , poly bushings for ront n rear, FMS coil springs, Nitto 255/55/16 for the rear and more
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-15-2010, 11:34 PM
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I have a 1987 TC, I just got it running the other day...

Now I am going to take the drivetrain out of it and put it into a 1967 Mustang.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-17-2010, 07:34 PM
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87 got some goodies. Ported Head, Ported intake, A237, Custom Intake, Ported exhaust manifold, 3" exhaust, and boost controller.

All of these and an ihi. have a garret gt38 and a t3 that need a rebuild. the gt38 is way to big and the t3 is just right so maybe ill just have to combine them and do some sort of twin setup.


1987 thunderbird TC
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 02:02 PM
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88 5-speed, here. Did the headgasket about 8k miles ago, rebuilt the T5 about 12k ago. Almost all stock.. cone filter, intercooler fan, 18psi, 2.5" dual from the y-pipe, all new bushings, new paint two years ago. Everything else is stock and well optioned, minus leather seats and moonroof. 218k miles, stock shortblock :D

a black car.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-03-2010, 05:11 PM
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1988 Turbo Coupe

Engine: Stock w/3" stainless mandrel bent exhaust, Gilles valve, adjustable fuel pressure regulator.

Enkei mesh 2 piece rims.

Upgraded headlights on relays, Kenwood double DIN w/Navigation

Future plans:

Cobra IRS

Refinish the interior in leather

Upgrade compressor housing & wheel

Wilson Racing MSII w/knock, LS2 coils, & boost control

Repaint in dark metallic titanium

Duratec 2.3 swap

Shiny Side Up!
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2010, 08:39 AM
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I just bought two 88 Tbirds, one for rebuild, one for parts. Right now they are stock, and as you all know about impossible to get body kits for...

1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
5 speed
Electric everything
16 inch snowflake aluminum rims
black exterior/ black cloth interior
am/fm cassette with eq

1988 Tbird Turbo Coupe, like a fine wine a work in progress...

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 03:17 PM
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87 and 88 TC's here. All stock though.

Selling the '87 so I can acquire a Capri.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-16-2010, 05:32 PM
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88 5-speed not done all that much to it but it will not say that way.


Rebuilt engine
Speed pro forged pistons
Lunati Turbo Cam
Big Valves
Boost controller (which doesn't do anything, I keep the waste gate closed always so I can get 19psi out of the little IHI)
Adjustable fuel regulator
255 LPH fuel pump
MM caster/camber plates
Gauges (fuel pressure, O2, Boost, oil pressure, water temp, and volts)
Got some 65lb injectors and a blow off valve just waiting
And of course all the radio components have been replaced with aftermarket
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