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For those with stock T3 turbos and iron manifolds...
« on: July 11, 2014, 12:41:17 PM »
...how much space is there between the turbo hardware and the fender well where the battery used to be?

All the engine bay photos out there are from a standing point of view and it's hard to tell exactly. It looks like there could be room to fit a narrower group size or specialty battery in the stock box (with necessary heat shielding). I'm trying really hard to to find ways to avoid moving the battery, especially to the hatch area.
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Re: For those with stock T3 turbos and iron manifolds...
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2014, 03:27:06 PM »
even a stock t3 will hit the fenderwell with a stock e6... you might get away with it with a stinger style centermount turbo which raises the turbo up a good bit....I have a stinger style im going to sell btw
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Re: For those with stock T3 turbos and iron manifolds...
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2014, 12:30:24 PM »
I found it easy to put the battery in the front on the drivers side. Even after I widened the radiator cradle to use the 20" (over the 17") radiator it still fit. The stock windshield washer container was removed and the Turbo Coupe model installed in the wheel well.

 Here are a few pictures. The battery tray is from the '88 Turbo Coupe donor car. The engine-less picture shows the panel I made on the passenger side. It both replaced the rusted battery tray and created room for the turbo.  That said, the outer bolt on the exhaust and the boost actuator still have minimal clearance. This is with the stock '88 IHI turbo.



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Re: For those with stock T3 turbos and iron manifolds...
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2014, 05:57:01 PM »
Huh, that's a cool idea.  8)

I see you also have the stock '87-88 IHI turbo, which probably frees up a bit of space and it still looks close. The T3's compressor housing is enormous by comparison.

even a stock t3 will hit the fenderwell with a stock e6... you might get away with it with a stinger style centermount turbo which raises the turbo up a good bit....I have a stinger style im going to sell btw

Is it from Stinger or is it one of the other ones just like it?
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Re: For those with stock T3 turbos and iron manifolds...
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2014, 08:05:55 AM »
dont really know.... but... it you do a little research they are all the same, from the same manufacturer, and only difference in them is stinger gave a warranty on his..its documented on turboford and on his site....he got ripped off by the distributor...
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Re: For those with stock T3 turbos and iron manifolds...
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2014, 09:57:57 AM »
I remember when that happened. They even use the picture off of his site.
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Re: For those with stock T3 turbos and iron manifolds...
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2014, 02:04:01 PM »
How about space in front of the turbo where the HR-980 compressor usually is?

I'm looking at using an upper intake that faces forward and it's a pain to find the early 2.3 alternator brackets. Keeping it on the passenger side solves that problem and means no wiring change.
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