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2.0 turbo
« on: October 27, 2014, 07:43:30 AM »
I have a 73 runabout got .30 over pistons for my 2.0  and thinking about running a turbo from a turbo coupe.good idea or bad idea?

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Re: 2.0 turbo
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2014, 05:10:08 PM »
Depends on how well you know what you're doing.
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Re: 2.0 turbo
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2014, 06:05:00 PM »
That's the problem I have no idea what I'm doing.ive never had a turbo motor

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Re: 2.0 turbo
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2014, 08:49:16 PM »
Your honesty probably saved you a bunch of grief.  The most advisable method to running a turbo motor is to transplant from one of the 2.3 turbo cars (using a whole donor car).  65Shelby Clone is in the process on doing one now and you can follow his work (on page 4 now). http://www.fordpinto.com/index.php?topic=24739.0  A search will show other as well.

 I did the 2.3 turbo swap in my 2.0 '73 wagon.  Here is my two part write up.

http://www.fordpinto.com/general-pinto-talk/so-you-want-to-build-a-turbo-pinto-part-1/msg76893/#msg76893

http://www.fordpinto.com/general-pinto-talk/so-you-want-to-build-a-turbo-pinto-part-2/msg76894/?topicseen#msg76894

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Re: 2.0 turbo
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2014, 08:59:09 PM »
How much fun is it driving with the 2.3 turbo?

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Re: 2.0 turbo
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2014, 09:05:34 PM »
How much fun is it driving with the 2.3 turbo?


Better than sex......
the only substitute for cubic inches is BOOST!!!

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Re: 2.0 turbo
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2014, 06:07:51 AM »
I NEED A 2.3 TURBO THEN

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Re: 2.0 turbo
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2014, 10:52:16 AM »
The pistons need to be forged........ ...........

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Re: 2.0 turbo
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2014, 12:57:31 PM »
FOR WHICH MOTOR?

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Re: 2.0 turbo
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2014, 01:32:52 PM »
"I NEED A 2.3 TURBO THEN"

No..., you need a donor car, an engine hoist, the capabilities to weld and fabricate sheet metal for installing the motor mounts and engine compartment alteration. You will need a transmission capable of handling the power output. You will need (at least should) have an 8" rearend. You will need (at least should have) a larger radiator. You will need an external high pressure fuel pump.

Lastly you will need 200 to 400 hours to do this right. Yes, there are people who say the did it in a weekend but they probably had a '74 and up car, knowledgeable friends helping and all the parts ready to go. The car was probably "functional" but likely far from proper.

Don't assume you can just drop a turbo on an engine or simple slide a turbo engine into a Pinto (especially and early one).

To answer your question: just about any turbo motor should have forged pistons. The 2.3 Turbo motors came with forged pistons and a compression ratio conducive to the turbo boost.

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Re: 2.0 turbo
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2014, 02:20:15 PM »
WELL I WAS TRYING TO KEEP IT  A FACTORY 2.O BESIDES BEING BORED .30 OVER AN TURBO.ANYBODY KNOW IF ITS A BAD IDEA TO BORE IT AN RUN A TURBO?IVE NEVER BUILT A MOTOR FOR PERFORMANCE SO I HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE

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Re: 2.0 turbo
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2014, 03:52:28 PM »
Well a 2.0 never came with a turbo (not counting the AK Miller) so you will have to fabricate everything. Everything.  A carb'ed turbo is a nightmare so ideally you need a fuel injection system to make it reliable and drivable. Can it be done? Sure it can. But it's not as simple as bolting a turbo on the engine. Even a 2.3 swap with a doner car is a good deal of work.
If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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Re: 2.0 turbo
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2014, 08:12:57 PM »
That's the problem I have no idea what I'm doing.ive never had a turbo motor

Then......bad idea.

How much fun is it driving with the 2.3 turbo?

It's hard to describe. Mine black tracks going into 3rd gear with no clutch antics and it has the lowest-rated non-intercooled 2.3T with the largest, slowest-spooling turbo they came with. It's not what I'm accustomed to nor what I expected...it's more.

"I NEED A 2.3 TURBO THEN"

No..., you need a donor car, an engine hoist, the capabilities to weld and fabricate sheet metal for installing the motor mounts and engine compartment alteration. You will need a transmission capable of handling the power output. You will need (at least should) have an 8" rearend. You will need (at least should have) a larger radiator. You will need an external high pressure fuel pump.

Lastly you will need 200 to 400 hours to do this right. Yes, there are people who say the did it in a weekend but they probably had a '74 and up car, knowledgeable friends helping and all the parts ready to go. The car was probably "functional" but likely far from proper.

Don't assume you can just drop a turbo on an engine or simple slide a turbo engine into a Pinto (especially and early one).

To answer your question: just about any turbo motor should have forged pistons. The 2.3 Turbo motors came with forged pistons and a compression ratio conducive to the turbo boost.

THIS ^

I knew six months ago what I know now, I would have started with a factory 2.3 Pinto.
'72 Runabout - 2.3T, T5, MegaSquirt-II, 8", 5-lugs, big brakes.
'68 Mustang - Built roller 302, Toploader, 9", etc.