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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-21-2005, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of buying a Turbo Coupe

I recently came across an 88 turbo coupe. It hasnt been ran for a year, I put a battery in it and it fired on the first turn of the engine. The owner bought it new, it now has 142,000miles. The turbo spools up good, engine runs good, body is perfect. It needs some exhaust parts after the cat but I am a mechanic with the convenience of a lift and knowing how to weld. Anything else I should look for on this car? I can get it for $650.
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Thats a good deal.Just search around on the sites I listed and you will be fine.They are electrial nightmares so be forewarned on that.

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at that price ya cant go wrong, but I would plan Ion doing basic mantiance on it about right off the bat.......fluids,tune up belts and hoses,brakes and whatnot..

get it and spend a couple hunderd on her and she oughta treat ya right

if its a auto get ready to do a 5speed swap, most A4LD tranny dont go much past 150k tho..
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-27-2005, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Picked her up Thanksgiving night. Threw the transporter tag on and drove home. The tires were slightly flat spotted from sitting for three years, I took care of the rear flat spots now I have to rotate them and do a few burnouts. The tires are brand new except for sitting so long. I took it to work on Saturday and Changed oil & filter, fuel filter, plugs, wires, cap, rotor, pcv valve, cleaned throttle body and went to Auto Zone to get a k&n filter #1009 and clamped it on the Vanmeter. I love the car already, I have a boost controller on the way. My plan is to restore it inside and out while saving money to build a new engine that puts out around 300 to 350 hp.
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From what I hear, it's really not too hard to get there with a TC. Congrats on the nice purchase. I hope it treats you well.

Having a lift and a welder available must be cool, huh?

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If you want a cheap upgrade from the stock cam you can throw one from the 2.3 ranger in there. It's a bit more aggressive, and helps that motor put out more power without having to do anyhting else to it.
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Thanks for the info.
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welcome to the Addiction that is know as TC.......

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What year ranger cam should I use? I have a lot of engine parts laying around for the 2.3 engine since I race a mustang mini stock.
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nevermind. I was following my nephew to where I work to put a wheel bearing in his car and something bad happened.... Before we got there I lost a cylinder. So I babied it to work and pulled the valve cover since I have had the problem before with the race car. When I took the valve cover off I found the number three intake follower laying on the head. The cam was original with 142,000 miles on it, I have never seen a cam worn that bad before. There were actually ridges on the lobes where the followers were riding. Anyway I had a head laying at the garage out of a ranger with a roller cam in it so I swapped the cam and followers. It made such a huge difference. It feels like I gained 50hp
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yep that'll work
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Well, that's convenient.

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all the 2.3 interchange fairly easy......thete are ony a handful "heads up" ya need to know...but with a touch of sense you'll catch them
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