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Thread: Chance to trade my 83 Heritage for a 69K mile 84 Turbo Coupe (Thoughts wanted)

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    Default Chance to trade my 83 Heritage for a 69K mile 84 Turbo Coupe (Thoughts wanted)

    Hey guys, i just got a interesting trade opportunity to trade my 1983 Thunderbird Heritage with 80K for a minty 1984 Turbo Coupe. Both are white cars, both in about the same excellent shape and we are both willing to straight out trade.
    The TC is White with the charcoal 2 tone lower treatment and a grey cloth interior in amazing shape. Its an Auto TC which for 84 has to be a very rare option, and is the perfect unicorn car that i am attracted to. This would be my first TC and first 2.3 Turbo. What should my concerns be for this engine and turbo and what other trouble spots do i need to look for?

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    Those Turbo Coupes did like to auto the automatic transmissions. I don't know about back in 84.


    Personally, unless it was an upgraded motor, it'd pass. It's easy to drop in a 5.0ho into a naturally born 5.0l car if you want more power. I don't think I would do the trade.

    On a side note, how do you like your 9-7X?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpc647 View Post
    Those Turbo Coupes did like to auto the automatic transmissions. I don't know about back in 84.


    Personally, unless it was an upgraded motor, it'd pass. It's easy to drop in a 5.0ho into a naturally born 5.0l car if you want more power. I don't think I would do the trade.

    On a side note, how do you like your 9-7X?
    Speed on these cars was never my overriding concern or criteria. I am into preserving our 4 eyed cars especially well preserved survivors as both of these cars are. So the power differential for a 5.0 stock motor from 83 vs a TC 2.3 is probably about the same in terms of performance with the 2.3 a little easier to squeeze some power out of i have been reading. I welcome more discussion about it.....


    As for the 97X aero, it is my favorite non-Ford car i have ever driven. Fast, fast and did i say fast? LOL Its a very spacious, well equipped and thoughtfully designed truck, the 4.2 is powered ok, the 5.3 is lively, and the 6.0 which i have is an amazing motor. Its the LS2 vette engine.








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    If the T/C is in sound shape body wise and the engine shows no obvious signs of issues (knocking, smoking etc.) I'd go for it. The early T/C's are getting rare and the 2.3 is a stout little motor, it can easily make more power with some simple modifications if you choose to go that route and there is a lot of on line support for them. The only drawback is the auto tranny, they are the weak link if making more power.
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    Personally I would keep the 5.0 car if you're not planning on modifying the car. It's going to be less maintenance intensive in the long run. Plus 2.3 turbo cars are not much fun with the auto trans. They have worse driveability with the auto trans than the 5.0 in your current car does. If it was a stick it would be a different story.
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    I dunno, assuming the '83 is EEC-III, think I'd dump it... It's either that or one day convert it to the EEC-IV electronics...


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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboCoupe50 View Post
    I dunno, assuming the '83 is EEC-III, think I'd dump it... It's either that or one day convert it to the EEC-IV electronics...
    Bingo..... that was my thinking as well. For me, fog lights, tach and floor shift = 200% perceived HP increase anyway.... lol








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    I've owned cougar-versions of both cars. It's about a tie to me. I like the XR-7/TC interior better. I Like the "lighter" feeling of the 2.3 when driving. But I like the instant torque of the 5.0. As far as reliability, they are also about the same.

    The 2.3t auto gets a bad rap, but my current 85 XR-7 is an auto (and I owned an 84 turbo auto) and they are plenty of fun. I think in a race, my stock 83 5.0 would have lost to my stock 85 auto/turbo. But my 83 was the king of pulling trailers, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoogarXR View Post
    I've owned cougar-versions of both cars. It's about a tie to me. I like the XR-7/TC interior better. I Like the "lighter" feeling of the 2.3 when driving. But I like the instant torque of the 5.0. As far as reliability, they are also about the same.

    The 2.3t auto gets a bad rap, but my current 85 XR-7 is an auto (and I owned an 84 turbo auto) and they are plenty of fun. I think in a race, my stock 83 5.0 would have lost to my stock 85 auto/turbo. But my 83 was the king of pulling trailers, lol.
    So basically its just a matter of preference at this point. I think im ready for something new and different in Thunderbird/Cougar land.








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    2011 FORD FLEX SEL Family Hauler

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    1983 Turbo Coupes have EEC-IV IIRC.

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