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Re: How to Turbo a 2.3
« Reply #30 on: September 07, 2011, 01:42:19 AM »
Just out of curiosity, I noticed in the pictures of your car that the rear of the hood was lifted.  How have other guys done this swap without raising the hood.  I would like to keep mine real stock looking.  Thanks!

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Re: How to Turbo a 2.3
« Reply #31 on: September 09, 2011, 10:35:35 PM »
Well from what I understand you can slot the mounts that go to the block or have the intake or plenum milled ive heard alot of them will clear with no mods...But not mine...... when i was installing it i knew it would be close.I was going for the sleeper look at first also but I was burning up the 13 in and 14 in tires ( no traction at all )I got these rims and tires for a smokin deal 295/50/15 rears / 215/60/15 front on centerline convo pro rims its hooks up great now.it isnt a sleeper anymore...the tires from the rear also look pretty awesome so i figured what the hey lets let them know what there dealing with.Ive since lowered the hood backdown and installed a 2001 Mustang GT hood scoop i cut a hole in the hood and made the scoop functional ive also noticed my water temp went down about 15 degree's,Turbos create alot of heat and theres really no where for it to go in the tight engine bay.Hope this helps,,,,are you going to Turbo your wagon ?.Its a pain in the butt but well worth it your C/W looks awesome i cant believe youve had it for all these years.......Ly n

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Re: How to Turbo a 2.3
« Reply #32 on: September 09, 2011, 11:15:09 PM »
Thanks for the info Fomocolover.  I am planning on figuring out a way to go straight under the hood.  May have to rotate the intake forward, was planning on putting an intercooler in there anyways.  How does your car do with the wide tires and being lowered now?  Do you have any pictures of it? 

My goal is to go sleeper.  Did you bump up the brakes and lug setup on your wagon?
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Re: How to Turbo a 2.3
« Reply #33 on: September 10, 2011, 09:13:45 PM »
Fomocolover, are you using the engine fan or an electrical fan to cool things down....I getting the rest of the parts from a 1985 Merkur Xr4ti engine and trans etc ....Also I thing the OEM A/C blower motor is shorter and does not require removal...I will need some info as how to wire things up....

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Re: How to Turbo a 2.3
« Reply #34 on: September 12, 2011, 10:56:53 PM »
I went with an electric fan ( 2-speed ) out of a 1999 ford taurus had a regular 4 blade but that didnt cut it.,The taurus fan keeps it at about 195 degrees in the middle of the summer,Yeah you should be fine if your car has factory A/C no need to remove the heater box like i had to.The wiring is a whole nother issue but theres tons of guys that will be here to help if it wasnt for this sight and the great people i dont think i would have ever figured it out,at least your using a merkur harness and computer i hear there alot less complicated than mine was.mine came out of a 1988 Thundird T/C and it took me about a week to figure it out.Anyway need ANY INFO please dont hesitate to ask.....fomoco lover
Fomocolover, are you using the engine fan or an electrical fan to cool things down....I getting the rest of the parts from a 1985 Merkur Xr4ti engine and trans etc ....Also I thing the OEM A/C blower motor is shorter and does not require removal...I will need some info as how to wire things up....

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Re: How to Turbo a 2.3
« Reply #35 on: September 14, 2011, 09:28:57 PM »
Yeah I picked up on of those fans my self. I going to the wrecking yard to pick up a few more odds and ends and then it's time to rework the 8 inch rear end and rebuild the wiring harness . On big question is using the XR4ti harness and the stock A/C system will I have to rewire the A/C or leave it as a stand alone.....The reason is the EEC controlled the A/C on the Merkur and I hope I do not have to try to wire it in.....Or I might have to upgrade to the Merkur set up of which could be pricey....