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    Default 1986 Turbo Coupe Mods?

    Hey, I've got a stock 1986 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe and I'm looking for some mods to do to it. It can be anything, suspension, engine, really anything. I don't know too much about it, as I'm learning. Anything would be helpful, thanks!

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    Check out coolcats.net , just to do some reading and get the basics figured out. Come back with questions.

    Congrats and welcome.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity
    I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
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    1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
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    What are easier things I can do to get more power out of it? I've got a 2.5in exhaust with no cat and high flow muffler already.

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    Boost controller, intercooler, big vam swap.

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    What is and where do I get a bigger vam?

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    Vam is the vane air meter, like a mass airflow sensor. The big vam came on 87-88 Turbo Coupes. You would need the matching computer and you should already have the brown top injectors if your car is an 86. The 87-88 manual cars are rated at 190 horsepower, so adding the vam, computer, and intercooler are worth quite a bit of power for the earlier cars. E6 exhaust manifold helps too if your car doesn't have one already.
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    Is your car a slush-o-matic or do you row your own gears?


    86' T/C 2.3L
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