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Re: 1980 ESS Turbo Restomod
« Reply #60 on: August 28, 2012, 11:39:46 AM »
That's looking really nice! What size are those wheels? They look sharp on there. Then again they are similar to the design of the alloys  ;D

Thanks, Matt! They are 15" rims...rear discs are 11" or 11.25" (same as front) and they BARELY clear the small GM caliper...
 
And the fact that they look like the optional 13" alloys from Ford was the major reason I bought them. They will look even better when I can have some small screw holes drilled in them so I can install my Granada 5-lug center caps and get rid of the cheap, plastic ones that came with it!
 

 
 
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Re: 1980 ESS Turbo Restomod
« Reply #61 on: August 28, 2012, 11:51:14 AM »
Good deal! I got a LOT of work to do to my alloys to make them look good but it will be worth it in the end.  Just sticking with the 13s on the car.
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Re: 1980 ESS Turbo Restomod
« Reply #62 on: November 28, 2012, 10:46:35 AM »
Wow! I can't believe I've been away from this thread since AUGUST! Time flies, but I don't know if the past 3 months have been all that fun..
 
Anyway, a quick update on my project. The car's been sitting in my friend's garage for the past 3 months, stayed safe during Superstorm Sandy, and is patiently waiting to be worked on. I recently ordered a set of "flip flanges" from a guy on the Turbo Ranger Forums (AJ Fritz) that will allow me to rotate the exhaust manifold 180*. (Hat tip to Pinturbo for posting this info on another thread!) I had done some rough fitment measurements, and I think this will work. My reasoning for going this route was I was hoping to avoid cutting the inner passenger fender where the battery normally rests to make room for a turbo in the "stock" location. Also, I should be able to keep my heater.
 
I also picked up a used T3 that began its life on a 1982 Datsun 280ZX, and will be looking to rebuild it over the holidays. I plan on measuring the space for a FMIC, and fabricate mounting brackets as well. I've read that a 25" x 12" x 3" would fit nicely. (eBay link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/160654709024?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649) Once that's installed, and the manifold and turbo are mounted, I can start to figure out how I want to route the piping. I still need to figure out the upper intake (from the '88 TC) and how much to rotate it for the FMIC. There's another eBay auction I have saved for this work, since I can't do it myself. (http://www.ebay.com/itm/150745265601?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649)
 
I should be able to add pictures in the coming weeks.
 
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Re: 1980 ESS Turbo Restomod
« Reply #63 on: March 07, 2013, 08:44:24 AM »

I should be able to add pictures in the coming weeks.

I am such a friggin' liar! Haha
 
Well, while I've been absolutely negligent in updating this thread (and adding pictures), I have been carving out some time to do small things here and there for the project, and mostly parts-gathering. Here's a summary for the last couple of months:
 
- Test fit the manifold and flanges, as well as the Datsun T3. I clocked the CHRA to point down and towards the inner passenger fender. Definitely enough room there to turn 90* to face the intercooler.
- Attempted to measure how much would need to be cut out of the upper intake to clear the stock hood. Ended up talking to Steve (Pinturbo) and BoPort about it. Just gonna have Bo do the gutting/rotating, I think.
 
Funny story: when I took off the lower intake manifold to prep to send to Bo, I discovered the a rodent's nest! Gonna have to take the head off and break out the air compressor to clean everything out.......what a PITA!
 
- Lastly I've managed to get most of the parts required to do the EDIS conversion, although I still need a dual serpentine crank pulley to be able to run the Ranger passenger side alternator properly. Otherwise, it would be driver off the water pump pulley and I don't think that's desirable. Gonna try to hit the local pick-n-pull yard this weekend to rip one off a Fox body Mustang.
 
I find out sometime this month about a contract extension with my job, and I've been told it just needs to be processed through the system. When it goes through, I'll be picking up the "big ticket items" to keep the project moving. Once the weather warms up I expect there to be some serious progress. Whether I'll actually post pictures up, we'll see...  :D
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Re: 1980 ESS Turbo Restomod
« Reply #64 on: March 07, 2013, 08:30:39 PM »
youre gonna need the pullies and crank hub off a ranger or a stang with dis setup... the pullies off the distributor 2.3s sits in a different location...
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Re: 1980 ESS Turbo Restomod
« Reply #65 on: March 08, 2013, 01:02:38 PM »
Thanks for the heads-up, Steve! I'll report back once I get a chance to go to the yard...
 
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Re: 1980 ESS Turbo Restomod
« Reply #66 on: March 09, 2013, 09:57:22 PM »
Well I went to the junkyard today and turns out the last "mechanic" that touched this particular Mustang already unbolted the crank pulley for me! So now all I had to do was get the hub. Cordless impact wrench from Harbor Freight for the WIN! After switching between clockwise and counterclockwi se motion for a minute, the bolt began to back out.

However...I could not get that hub to come off. I tried gently prying with a flat screwdriver, I tried my slide hammer (and ended up slightly bending the thing)...so now I'm at a loss...

I read a post on AllFordMustang s that said to thread the crank bolt back in a little (without the washer) and use the jaws on the INSIDE, but I ran out of time today...hopefu lly it's all still there next time I can come back (probably sometime in April)...

Also, Photobucket is down at the moment...maybe I can add pics tomorrow or Monday.
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Re: 1980 ESS Turbo Restomod
« Reply #67 on: July 28, 2017, 09:07:46 AM »
Hey Alpine. Was searching through old posts and noticed it had been quite some time since anything was done. Were you able to get anything done to the car? Hopefully better luck than I had with my 1980 lol
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Re: 1980 ESS Turbo Restomod
« Reply #68 on: July 28, 2017, 10:42:05 AM »
AN ESS Pinto has to be as rare as a Group 2 Pinto I would think. I've only seen one ever. Hope it got finished and being driven.
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