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    It started when one of my pals gave me a couple of 2.3 turbo engines (both from Merkur XR4TI's, I think) and a 9" for helping him with some work.

    The stuff came with a car project in which the previous owner had ambitions of placing one of the engines in a small foreign car. My pal (read: his wife) pretty much just wanted it all out of their carport.

    One is partial, has been out in the weather and could be rebuilt, while the other is nearly complete and has everything including the transmission.

    I didn't have a good place to put all this stuff so I sold the rear end and took everything else to another friends house (that's right, I have two! ).

    We took a cursory look at the valve train and whatnot in the better unit to see what was up. We fiddled with it for awhile (running the oil pump, rotating the crank, etc.) and by cruising the web for info on wiring and so forth, he--being much more cerebral than I--was able to get the thing wired up enough to try to start it.

    Sitting on jack stands and tied down, it actually ran!

    So it went into a beat-up '83 Mustang GT that had donated an engine and trans for another project. Pretty much fell right in with little trouble, just required a radiator, hoses, a sensor or two, and other minor stuff. We're all set to see if we can get it to run sweetly enough to either run in the Mustang (which needs gobs of work) or put it into something else.

    Another project potentially on its way!


    Paul N.

    '84 EXP: 5.0, T-5, 4.30 9", Fat Tires
    Backyard Experiment

    sumptus censum ne superet
    (let not your spending exceed your income)

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    Those are sweet little engines. A friend of mine was working on putting one in a Maverick for a run around work car. He never did finish it, had a problem finding a oil pan that didn't hit the steering linkage.

    I always thought it'd be cool to put one in a short bed Ranger. It's probably bolt in with factory parts and make a heck of a sleeper. Turn the boost up a bit and have a ball!
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    -----1947 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe 5.0-----
    -----2005 Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4----
    " Sometimes you fix the car, sometimes the car fixes you" Steve L.

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