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Finally got my 4 popper running.

Something new for me.
I was a cheap fun build with about a week of troubleshooting electrical adventures.
I learned a ton chasing down a no spark condition

Car is running in stock turbocoupe trim with the TC ECM

The car is a year round DD and needs to be reliable.
I am keeping it at the stock turbocoupe level. It should still be 1000% more fun than the NA auto
It does have the Volvo 240 intercooler installed but we will plumb that later after we get it dialed in.

The $250 trans was supposedly rebuilt 12k miles ago but the oil was pretty fried looking. Came with the ugly shifter though.

I spotted a 2.3 NA car at the yard and stripped the rest of what I needed for $75.

The car was $350 from a coworker who thought it had a bad rod.
Turns out the timing belt was slapping the cover. It does have hail damage though Drove it 2 yrs before smoking the auto trans 3 weeks ago and deciding to do this.

Timing belt $40

Wheels $250

Tires were the most expensive investment so far at $399

I scored the rear tubular control arms for $50 plus a free swaybar.

Free front GT swaybar

All new struts, shocks and coils. It handles very well.
Here it is before I cut a coil in front





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Brian doing the rear main seal



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You can make pretty good power for little money off one of those things. Uncle Ben's rice can make just as much hp as the Japenese deals, but for less $$ if done right!
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In case you don't know the site

http://www.stinger-performance.com/

the 2nd time do it "more" right LOL! 700 hp!
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Phil, after you drive that for a few weeks, give us some feedback on how you like it, please. We have a couple of the 4 banger fox bodies, and they get good mileage, but are sloooooooooooow. In fact, I just landed a 5.0 body for free........

Oh crap, don't get me started.....


A.D.D. kicking in.....

Where's my beer and that half inch wrench?

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Well last night I put about 20 miles on it.
the five speed makes it a lot faster than the NA 2.3/Auto. But then so was jogging.
When boost rolls in its like a different angry car and that's only with 10 psi

Ill hook up the premium switch and see what the ECM gives me.

Today I have a new different new no-spark issue.

It smokes some so I did a compression check. After that it crapped out again.
Running out for a new TFI module now.

Gimme a carb and 1970 electrical any day
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Glad to hear you got it running

'he never hit the brakes and he was shifting gears'

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The vane air flow meter will work better if it is layed flat with the black top to the top.
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The vane air flow meter will work better if it is layed flat with the black top to the top.
Already switched flat!
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i built a 87 tbird turbo coupe a few years back and loved it. parted it out to go with a v8 and have missed it since! i picked me a 88 TC friday got to love them 4 bangers
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My SVO is just sitting out back. I do remember how much fun that car was-is. Someday.. Tres...

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