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Welding on an SVO upper intake
#21

The difference between casting flash and sand casting surface finish and the "glued" seam and styrofoam surface finish of these other intakes is easy to spot. It's formed when they glue the two pieces of foam together to form the complete intake shape prior to casting.

The ported square style intakes can flow pretty well, within spitting distance of the single plug heads in professionally ported form (and above what someone can get out of the head porting it at home). There are certainly gains to be had with a properly designed custom intake on a professionally ported head but when the stock (ported) intakes have supported more power than 99% of 2.3 guys will ever make, it helps to highlight why people stick with what they have and the thing that doesn't require a bunch of other custom stuff (fuel rail, IC tubing, fuel lines, dipstick bracket, alternator relocation, etc.) to run it compared to a custom intake.

I don't have any of the styrofoam style here (we had 4 sets but we just used them all up on recent orders) but I've got two other people who have a bunch of intakes looking at theirs.
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#22

Ok...the welding issue is addressed, but another one arose...

I just found out that there are TWO types of Super Coupe TBs! The one I got at Picknpull is a HEATED TB!
The problem is the bolt pattern is way larger than the UN-heated model. Zero bolt holes line-up. In order to retain the butterfly alignment, 3 holes have to slot, and one moves about 1/4".
Has anyone used the heated model on a 2.3?

   

   
   
1986 SVO daily driver. PiMP v1.4.2/3" Stinger exhaust/FMIC/Schlodes Manifolds/Boport 1.5 and head/GM 3700 stall 200-4R auto trans
1963 2.3T Ranchero Project
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#23

Never mind....I figured it out
1986 SVO daily driver. PiMP v1.4.2/3" Stinger exhaust/FMIC/Schlodes Manifolds/Boport 1.5 and head/GM 3700 stall 200-4R auto trans
1963 2.3T Ranchero Project
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#24

(01-19-2021, 09:19 PM)TurboRay Wrote:  
(01-19-2021, 08:15 PM)Howard Wrote:  That looks like an "inline" intake, Ray, instead of an SVO...?
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That's because it IS .an inline SVO intake, Howard (the style that Marty Buth prefers, after experimenting with all  in his various 2.3T NHRA Stock-Class race cars)   Wink  After further research, however, I've found that Ford switched to the "4-square" manifold in 85.5, soooooo.........I ASSume that's what yours has?

FWIW, I have all 3 single-plug versions (inline, short/square, tall/square) and they all have the same sand-cast surface ~ so, DUNNO! Have you contacted Steve Schlodes yet?  <shrug>
The SVO didn't get the "square" intake until MY 1985.5 while all the other 2.3L turbo engines got it in MY 1985 (Cougar, T-Bird, Non-SVO Turbo Mustang, xr4ti, ...).
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#25

Back to the subject of welding I take any used cast aluminum and bake it before welding.  It needs at least a couple of hours at 350º to get most of the oils out.  Don't do it in the house when your wife is around.  It stinks REALLY bad.  I have heard of putting things on a gas grille to cook them.

steve
83 & 84 GT turbo, 84, 85.5 & 86 SVOs
87 & 88 TurboCoupe
93 5.0 notch, 95 GT coupe & vert, 96 GT vert  (Yes, I have a probem, garage's too small!)
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#26

Yeah, I got it welded up! Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences and advice!
1986 SVO daily driver. PiMP v1.4.2/3" Stinger exhaust/FMIC/Schlodes Manifolds/Boport 1.5 and head/GM 3700 stall 200-4R auto trans
1963 2.3T Ranchero Project
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