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    Hey all. I have an 84 tbird and am considered swapping out the 3.8. Does the 2.3l bolt up to the tranny behind my 3.8 (c5? 3 speed auto)? I may pick up a non running 86 turbocoupe as a donor and want to do project in stages, but want to do motor first.

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    Russ

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    302 fits, parts are cheaper and more common.

    If ya wanted to do an efi swap and make a cruiser, you can get really good mileage as well. I get about 28mpg cruising highway.
    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.
    Hooligans!
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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.
    1986 cougar.
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    If the 86TC is an auto, just use that.

    The 3.8 and 2.3 do not share bellhousing patterns.

    Swapping an 86 TC to manual, from auto is pretty easy, if the TC is a manual.
    Long live the 4-eyes! - '83 Tbird Turbo

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    One of the guys on here has a couple of 2.3 T-5's for sale...

    http://www.foxtbirdcougarforums.com/...the-difference

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    That I do! If you are interested, PM me.

    Michigan and Iowa aren't horribly far apart.

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