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User Rides / Re: Work In Progress. '88 TC
Last post by Mikey97D -
Thanks Chuck!  I was thinking the same of just bleeding some off from time to time until it shows clean.  The PS fluid looked like new engine oil instead of clear or red if someone put atf in there.  With the smell of a burnt up automatic transmission fluid.  Yuck.
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User Rides / Re: Work In Progress. '88 TC
Last post by Chuck W -
You could do a quick drain/fill on the PS stuff. It wouldn't hurt. Remove what you can from the reservoir by sucking it out or draining it out the bottom (return fitting) and refill with fresh. A couple times of that and running it a bit can clean it up.

If you wanted to refresh it all., it's not too terrible to do, especially if you already have the return hose off.

Remove the drain hose from the reservoir and put it into a catch container (cap the nipple on the reservoir when you remove the hose). Disconnect the coil wire and cycle the engine with the starter a couple of times. Top off the fluid. Repeat until you see clean fluid going into your catch container.
The fluid pumps out pretty quickly, so no need to crank it too much. You don't want to run the pump dry and draw in air.

Just an idea.
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User Rides / Re: Work In Progress. '88 TC
Last post by Mikey97D -
Turbo and exhaust manifold, and exhaust is on the car.  Need to finish plumbing the intercooler.

There's no power steering cooler just a metal line in front of the condenser so project creep of adding a cooler.  PS Fluid smelt horrible almost burnt smell like an automatic transmission.  Guessing that may be biting me next.
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User Rides / Re: Work In Progress. '88 TC
Last post by Mikey97D -
Oops


Earlier this Summer I have been chasing a misfire only at RPM's under 2k.  You can find the story here:  Misfire 88 TC

While I was diagnosing the the misfire I put the adjustable FPR that I had rebuilt back on the car.  I will adjust the FPR again once the car is running with the wideband for reference.

A good friend of mine recently bought a new garage condo for his business.  Front and loft areas are for his business and garage is for his toys.  He had the floor epoxied and an used lift that he installed.  I have been painting sections of the lift as time allows and now the clear coat on the floor is lifting so the business that epoxied it is coming back.

In the mean time he invited me over with my car to replace the head gasket and we are installing the new turbo and fmic kit off my shelf from the past couple years waiting.  A lift, lights, and air conditioning.......I think I have died and gone to heaven.

I used an engine lift to remove and place the head on the car.  It worked awesome and my back isn't angry trying to place that 80 lbs of iron.


Gnari FMIC is going in with a bit of grinding here and there is needed for the brackets (extra weld on radiator support).  Happy with the kit so far.  Thursday some extra intercooler tubes should be here for some rerouting that I would prefer.  I will take some pictures when done hopefully this weekend.
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Other Vehicles / Re: '16 F150
Last post by Mikey97D -
Old and New


With my E Rated wheels on it


Stuck in the mud!


Very happy with this truck so far.  It has way too many gadgets but I have been averaging 22 mpg mixed driving (60 highway / 40 backroads) consistently.  Miss the sound of the coyote motor but this thing is very quick for a pickup truck.
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Engine Tech / Re: Misfire - '88 TC
Last post by Mikey97D -
That sucks, especially since your spark plugs dont indicate a blown headgasket couldve been the issue.

It's actually pretty common. These things will blow the gasket between cylinders rather than between the cylinder and cooling jacket. The plus might just show rich, which will make you think it's an ignition problem.

Luckily, the 2.3L is pretty easy to yank the head off of. It's just heavy.
It actually showed lean!  I guess the wide band O2 sensor doesn't read raw fuel as rich.  It surprised me on the readings.

I used an engine hoist to lift and put the head back on!!!!  LOL
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User Rides / Re: Back in a fox. 1988 Turbo Coupe. The life journal.
Last post by Tbird232ci -
A pictureless update!

The main thing I've been doing is gathering parts. It's been nothing too exciting. Cobra rotors, Cobra master cylinder, and a bunch of misc. stuff. I tried to order the speedometer drive gear and VSS gear kit, but they seem to be backordered everywhere.

I did go out and try to tidy the garage. I'm going to need to tear into the T5, so I wanted to clear off my tool box to use it as a bench. I came to the conclusion that I really don't have enough tool box. I had been wanting the US General 72" but they have gotten a little expensive compared to the rest of their line At work, I have a Husky box, and it's good enough. Husky currently has an 84" box that's cheaper, but I'm not sure if I like the drawer layout. The shame is that none of the local stores have the particular boxes I'm looking at, so I can't put my hands on them until they're delivered. Hopefully that will happen in the next few weeks.

I am quite good at finding excuses for not making progress.
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Engine Tech / Re: Misfire - '88 TC
Last post by Tbird232ci -
That sucks, especially since your spark plugs dont indicate a blown headgasket couldve been the issue.

It's actually pretty common. These things will blow the gasket between cylinders rather than between the cylinder and cooling jacket. The plus might just show rich, which will make you think it's an ignition problem.

Luckily, the 2.3L is pretty easy to yank the head off of. It's just heavy.