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Old 04-17-2005, 08:19 PM
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2.3-Putting the turbo onto a stock engine

Say this ebay auction. Would something like this, if installed, it would work right? Or would I need a different computer?

Have a sand blaster, so they will all be cleaned up nicely.

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Old 04-17-2005, 09:13 PM
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link no worky, whats th auction #?
I think your block has too be drilled and tapped for the turbo oil lines. I would also asume you will have too have a chip burned for this need.
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Old 06-27-2005, 11:45 AM
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As a owner of a 87 T-BIRD TURBO COUPE ( GOD I LOVED THAT CAR) and MANY V-8's FELT THE STING !!! The bottom end is differant in a standard 2.3L. L@@K around in the local junk yards !!! you'd be surprised as to what you might find !!! At mine i could get you a FACTORY TURBO CHARGED 2.3L for $150.00 !!!!! They come around OFFTEN !!!! For 1 buck and a half ??? how can you go wrong ???? WRENCH on ONE WHILE you DRIVE THE OTHER !!!! COOL CONCEPT !!!!
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Old 06-28-2005, 04:27 AM
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If you really want turbo, take 351cj's advice and get a 2.3t donor to swap instead of trying to turbo your n/a 2.3 ... the n/a 2.3 has a considerably weaker bottom end with cast pistons that can't handle very much boost where as a 2.3t has forged pistons and can handle the boost you want. overall, the swap would be much cheaper than trying to convert your n/a 2.3 block
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Old 07-05-2005, 01:51 PM
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The only difference in the bottom end between turbo and non-turbo motors are the pistons. There is a hole in the block for the oil return, but most n/a blocks made between 83-89 have the boss already there, you just have to drill and tap the hole for the fitting.
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Old 07-05-2005, 11:18 PM
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i would serioulsy advise against putting a turbo on a stock 2.3... stock turbo motors come with forged pistons for a reason. if you would be using the turbo as intended you could easily burn a hole through a piston
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Old 07-14-2005, 03:38 PM
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no boost for stock 2.3 that is a bad program the pistons are very weak and you would blow the head gasket in less than a month
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Turbo

A turbo on a stock non turbo 2.3?.....KABOOM!
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With the turbo engine, how hard is it to put into a newer (93 up) 4 cyl truck with auto?

Will it compete with the V6 in the towing category? I am selling the current truck and buying a newer one, was looking for a v6, but may go 2.3 turbo route?

Object to be towed is about 3-3500 lb, and has brakes.
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i think it would be fine for towing just use an intercooler and keep it out of fifth and don't hold boost for a long time when towing.
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I have heard that you can put a turbo on a stock 2.3 if you reset the wastgate to dump the excess boost at a lower pressure than normal, and then baby it. (Yeah right, then what's the point?)

I have two 2.3 turbos sitting on my shelf, thought I might build a turbo motor at some point. A buddy used to race the 2.3 and still has a lot of parts, forged pistons and such. Last time I checked he still had a couple of turbo blocks, but that's no big deal, easy enough to modify a stock block for turbo oil drainback. Someday maybe, when I have a few more projects behind me...
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Turbo blocks are cast stronger than non turbo blocks. I believe the turbo blocks are cast in Brazille.
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If you want to tow, cubic inches are the way to go. A turbo (originally) was designed to be used as an acceleration tool, and not for continuous use (like towing 3/5k). I'd think you'd want a 4.0 for the low end torque to get you going. Plus, the turbo came on stick trans, and you'd be replacing the trans every time you turned around if you stuck a turbo in front of an A4LD (or any other trans expecting 2.3/2.5 torque output). The blocks are all the same, the mains and rods vary over time, and the holes bored differ based on ignition system used.
To reiterate, don't turbo a base 2.3 unless you are going to use it very sparingly, and that is not the case for towing...
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The turbo blocks have higher nickel content. They are stronger.
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Can't argue with that. I know nothing about nickel content, but most late model 2.3 engines were not only cast in Brazil, but assembled there also.... and it was not Lima, Brazil.

I was unaware that there was a different casting number or part number for the turbo block. Do you have either one or both? Might be a nice thing to know if andwhen I go junk-yarding for a turbo. Don't want to get stiffed by someones 'home built' conversion, or incorrect block replacement.
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