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Good day to all. New to turbo mechanics. I understand the theory, but have zero experience with maintenance/tuning. I have owned my little Pinto since 1981. It quit running in 1996, so I  pushed it into the garage where it sat until last summer when I pulled it out to clean the garage. I have recently picked up a 2.3L turbo reportedly from an 87-88 T-bird. I need to cut my intro short, time to get started at my job, I drive 18 wheeler dump truck. I will check back and post a few pics soon. I think it was 65shelbyclone that turned me on to this site, thank you.
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#2

Welcome! Even a stock 2.3 turbo will make a pinto scoot.
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88 TC: 2.9L tall deck, SVO head, boport header, sheet metal intake, BWS300SXE turbo, AWIC. C4 trans. E85
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WELCOME, Roy(?)!!  👍
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Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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(04-09-2021, 10:26 PM)TurboRay Wrote:  WELCOME, Roy(?)!!  👍

Yes, given name is Roy.
Was going to load a couple of pics of my Pinto sitting in the driveway, but a page popped up telling me that the file is too large. I am going to have to edit them to reduce file size. I'll get on that sometime tomorrow when I can get downstairs to the basement computer.
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(04-09-2021, 10:26 PM)TurboRay Wrote:  WELCOME, Roy(?)!!  👍

Yes, given name is Roy.
Was going to load a couple of pics of my Pinto sitting in the driveway, but a page popped up telling me that the file is too large. I am going to have to edit them to reduce file size. I'll get on that sometime tomorrow when I can get downstairs to the basement computer.

Sorry that I didn't get the pics posted yesterday, was busy running around. So, here is what I am starting with, a 1974 Pinto Runabout.
   
     

I purchased this car from a towing yard that my brother was working at on Nov 1, 1981. It was an avocado green interior/exterior with 2.3L/auto trans. I didn't like the car at first, but I needed something to get me around. Eventually, I swapped in a 4spd stick shift trans, and later had the exterior painted white. In the summer of 1988, I drove from the LA area to the area around Seattle, Wa., 1200something miles one-way. This car continued as my daily transportation until a piston burned in June/July 1996. It was pushed into the garage and had not emerged back out until last 4th of July weekend to begin a cleanout of the garage. It has been sitting on the driveway since, getting the tires aired up about every 2-3 months.
I'm not sure how much time I will spend working on this car over this summer, my main project is my daily driven 1978 GMC Caballero (twin cousin to the Chevy El Camino), but I hope to do something with it. The Caballero is not finished, but it's a dependable daily which suits me fine. My brother located a 2.3L turbo engine/auto trans combination back in January this year.
My main deal is that I have ZERO turbo experience as far as diagnostic/maintenance/ownership is concerned. I have knowledge of basic theory only, outside of seeing/hearing the turbo on the semi-trucks that I drive. As I begin work on this project, I will undoubtedly have many questions, the answers to which I would be extremely grateful for. Thank You all for welcoming me aboard. As I post here, I will also update on the Ford Pinto Car Club of America forum under the same user name PintoRoyL
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Time to update this thread.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, I put my wrenches where my mouth is (so to speak), and pulled the old 2.3 engine out of the car.
After browsing the RockAuto list of parts available for part numbers/variations between 1974-1988 parts, I began ordering parts.
Currently, my Intention is to assemble this turbo block engine as naturally aspirated, to determine if it runs, while also studying up on EFI/turbo mechanics.
Since swapping the intake/exhaust systems, I have also completely gone through the brake system replacing the Master Cylinder, front calipers (rotors good), pads, front flex hoses, rear wheel cylinders (shoes and hardware still in almost new condition, and drums good). I still have the rear flex hose to change out, then I will bleed the system. I have a brand new clutch/pressure plate on the way. I sprayed PB Blaster on the fuel tank straps to be ready to pull/clean the tank out after 25yrs sitting.
Will need to access the electrical system to check for rodent damage after sitting 25yrs, then when I have learned how to adjust, and maintain an EFI/turbo engine, I will reinstall the EFI/turbo manifolds.
As I post this, the engine is ready to set back into the car (soon as the new clutch arrives). I am looking for a transmission jack, because I do not want to bench press the trans into place and have it hanging by the input shaft before I am able to get the trans bolts inserted/tightened. Harbor Freight has been sold out of the trans jack that I want for over a month, so not sure when engine/trans will get installed.
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(08-06-2021, 09:47 PM)PintoRoyL Wrote:  I am looking for a transmission jack, because I do not want to bench press the trans into place...... 

Harbor Freight has been sold out.......for over a month......

Got a floor jack and a wife or friend that can pump the handle?  If so.....make sure the clutch disc is centered (use an alignment tool), place the trans in 4th or 5th, AND use long-ish guide studs in the two upper trans-bolt holes to help guide the trans. You may have to slightly rock the output shaft CW/CCW with pliers or a dr/shaft yoke to align the input shaft with the clutch splines. <shrug>
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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#8

Back in the day every time I had a Pinto a 302 would find its way in LOL

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87 TC 5 speed at 205,000 miles, BoPort Stage 3 Head, 2.1 cam, 50 trim Turbo, Stinger Pimp, 3" exhaust, upper and lower ported manifolds, FMIC, 80lb injectors, 255 pump, 20 psi at 4K, 25 psi at 4.5k. Temp is 93c and IAT is 50c in West Texas Summer. Great freeway flyer on pump 93 gas.
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#9

Following.
Going to be fun building at the same time with about the same every things.
Sounds like you have a great start and are ahead of me already.
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