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RE: Doing a 88 TC 2.3t swap to a fox body getting info/parts list now to get a head start - ianb - 01-22-2020

(01-22-2020, 01:09 AM)supercab78 Wrote:  The only thing that makes TC rear ends wider is the axles. You can use axles and backing plates, drums and shoes from a 8.8 or a 7.5. On mine I installed 4 lug 7.5 axles and brake parts on my 8.8 TC differential.

When you did you TC drivetrain swap what happened with the speedometer? Considering TCs have electronic and im sure your 84 had cable. 


RE: Doing a 88 TC 2.3t swap to a fox body getting info/parts list now to get a head start - Chuck W - 01-22-2020

supercab78 is correct on the housing width being the same between the Fox Mustangs and the 87-88TC 8.8 rear ends. The axles on the TCs are 3/4" longer.

On the speedo, the trans is the same. The speedo driven gear has an electrical connector on it, instead of the cable attachment.


RE: Doing a 88 TC 2.3t swap to a fox body getting info/parts list now to get a head start - ianb - 01-23-2020

(01-22-2020, 10:12 PM)Chuck W Wrote:  supercab78  is correct on the housing width being the same between the Fox Mustangs and the 87-88TC 8.8 rear ends. The axles on the TCs are 3/4" longer.

On the speedo, the trans is the same. The speedo driven gear has an electrical connector on it, instead of the cable attachment.


Thanks everyone I had no idea it was as simple as changing out the sensor. I talked to somebody who ran a 92 mustang sensor which had a spot for cable as well as electrical connector (which he used on his pimp)

https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=40867&cc=1134054&jsn=606&jsn=606


RE: Doing a 88 TC 2.3t swap to a fox body getting info/parts list now to get a head start - ianb - 02-04-2020

So update on parts collecting and progress....



Goal is to put in the TC motor/trans either this weekend or next weekend. Goal is to get the motor in the shop running and bring it home to tinker with after work.


RE: Doing a 88 TC 2.3t swap to a fox body getting info/parts list now to get a head start - Chuck W - 02-04-2020

Post up a pic of the mounts you have (If you haven't yet).


RE: Doing a 88 TC 2.3t swap to a fox body getting info/parts list now to get a head start - ianb - 02-04-2020

(02-04-2020, 05:16 PM)Chuck W Wrote:  Post up a pic of the mounts you have (If you haven't yet).

Ill grab em tonight and take a photo. I may have gotten the sides and brackets mixed anyways.


RE: Doing a 88 TC 2.3t swap to a fox body getting info/parts list now to get a head start - ianb - 02-05-2020

(02-04-2020, 05:16 PM)Chuck W Wrote:  Post up a pic of the mounts you have (If you haven't yet).

Here we go....let me know if I got em backwards lol

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Side question: Is there a difference between a TC hydraulic clutch/pressure plate combo vs a cable bell-housing setup like what im doing in this fox body?? Im just moving a cable bell to the 88 TC T-5


RE: Doing a 88 TC 2.3t swap to a fox body getting info/parts list now to get a head start - supercab78 - 02-05-2020

Ian I believe I ran the 93 fox alt ( already had it } and used a bracket from a 2.3 Ford ranger on my Model A, No PS or AC. It kept it on the drivers side and I used the serpentine belt still. I know this Alt. is known to melt wire on the back but with no accessories the constraint amp usage is low.


RE: Doing a 88 TC 2.3t swap to a fox body getting info/parts list now to get a head start - ianb - 02-06-2020

(02-05-2020, 10:07 PM)supercab78 Wrote:  Ian I believe I ran the 93 fox alt ( already had it } and used a bracket from a 2.3 Ford ranger on my Model A,  No PS or AC. It kept it on the drivers side and I used the serpentine belt still.  I know this Alt. is known to melt wire on the back  but with no accessories the constraint amp usage is low.
Interesting about the melting wire never heard about that. I might have to experiment with different brackets. I will have to run a front mount intercooler and if thats the case, id like to run a rotated intake which means moving stuff around anyways. Do you happen to have any photos or running videos (hopefully) of the engine bay with that ranger bracket?


RE: Doing a 88 TC 2.3t swap to a fox body getting info/parts list now to get a head start - TurboRay - 02-06-2020

(02-05-2020, 09:00 PM)ianb Wrote:  Is there a difference between a TC hydraulic clutch/pressure plate combo vs a cable bell-housing setup like what I'm doing in this fox body?? I'm just moving a cable bell to the 88 TC T-5

AFAIK, the type of clutch linkage &/or bellhousing (direct-pull [preferred], bellcrank-pull [w/dog-bone cable] or hydraulic) doesn't impact/affect clutch selection, Ian. The position of the T.O. brg winds up in the same location. [Image: confused0024.gif]