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Ok, turbo coupe 88 ——>84 ranger 2.0


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I was waiting to have “good photos” but I‘m getting impatient, and I could use some advice, and who cares!
So I’ve been refreshing and cleaning this 88 TC engine in a friends driveway–disassembled everything, cleaned the block and head, cleaned+rerung pistons, cleaned valves, ported to the best of my pretty limited ability, replaced a couple of sensors, de-rusted whatever had rust on it (a lot of stuff it turns out), cleaned and rebuilt the turbo, repainted a few things and now I’m in the process of finishing the head and preparing as much as I can before I put everything together and hoist in to my truck which I’m still driving all over the place and still has the 2.0 automatic trans in it. I also decided I was going to do a 3’’ body lift while I’m at it and convert to the T5 manual transmission that came with the engine.

Using a 8ua computer and a stock harness i found on eBay which I yet have to label, but I think it’s complete.


This is a month ago-ish
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And this is the slow and painful process of beginning to clean it


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Started to paint stuff eventually
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Couple new sensors, rebuilt the fuel injectors...
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The cleaned up head with the flipped header on a table Waiting for a bunch of stuff to go in..
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And that’s what I have for now, but as soon as this heat wave ends I’ll put the whole block together and start slapping things Together more seriously.

I decided to redo most of the coolant and oil lines (the ones that go to the turbo mainly) with AN fittings and got a 250lph (overkill for my build but uhm.. whatever) fuel pump+8an lines to redo the entire fuel system. It’s going to get interesting when I try to connect it to my tank..

I also got a Turbocoupe instrument cluster for 40 bucks.. stupid i know, but in my delusion I’m thinking maybe I can put together some sort of shellac’d wooden dash bezel for it and the radio and the heater controls (also planning on installing the ac compressor and everything) and that way I wouldn’t have to add aftermarket gauges for oil pressure and boost, but I Haven’t seen it done before..

one of the many questions that’s on my mind as I’m rebuilding the block and putting things together is whether or not the TC oil pan will clear the ranger..

I bought a new melling oil pump and maybe I could reuse the oil pickup tube and oil pan from the 2.0 that’s In there now?

also not sure what I’ll need to make the T5 transmission fit in, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

anyways.. will be posting more as it happens. Any advice welcome!
 


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You'll want to use the Ranger oil pan, as the one from the Thunderbird is likely a front sump and will not work with the Ranger crossmember.

The T5 will fit, but I believe the shifter a bit further back.

Are you using a hydraulic clutch? I have seen pics on here somewhere of a externally mounted slave that would probably work great for your swap.
 

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You'll want to use the Ranger oil pan, as the one from the Thunderbird is likely a front sump and will not work with the Ranger crossmember.

The T5 will fit, but I believe the shifter a bit further back.

Are you using a hydraulic clutch? I have seen pics on here somewhere of a externally mounted slave that would probably work great for your swap.
Ah cool ranger 2.3 pan I imagine—TBird pan is front sump yes

I haven’t looked into clutch yet (this is my first time working on one and I don’t really know the different ones or how the slave cylinder mechanism works, but that’s some reading for tonight!)

All I have is the clutch that cam with the tc which looks ok but that I might replace just to be sure and I bought a brake/clutch pedal assembly from a 85 ranger. Now I need to figure out how to make the two work together. I believe there’s wiring between the t5 and the computer too, not sure..
 

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taking forever to finish the head. I was stuck trying to piece together part of different harnesses and decided to go with a Ron Francis harness. Those things are a work of art, very cool.

decided that using flip flanges wasn’t for me since I’m using the stock intercooler and it shifts everything.. will have some to sell for much cheaper than I bought them for if anyone’s interested.

I also think I have all the little an adapters to plump the whole coolant/oil circuits. That’s gonna be crazy!

answering many of my own questions as the day putting this thing in the truck approaches but one that I can’t figure out it: where does the wiring harness from the (T5 manual) transmission plug into and what does it do exactly?

my harness has a VSS (vehicle speed sensor) terminal which seems to be for auto trans only. What’s the manual for, do I need to worry about it?

also this is potentially insane but I really like the thunderbird dash because it has all the gauges and sensors. they would all just hook straight to the harness without needing aftermarket gauges for boost, oil pressure, etc, and I’m wondering.. has anyone ever heard of a fella making, say, an entire custom dash bezel out of 1/2 ply to house a foreign instrument cluster in our trucks?

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Where did you get the header?
 

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Where did you get the header?
eBay I think! had to grind out the part that connects the pipes together at the head because when it was flipped it completely blocked the spark plugs. It’s a weird design also, comes with socket head bolts that throw the whole alignment of the holes to the head off— the bolt hit the pipes and I had to eat quite a bit of metal for stuff to align..
 

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Any boostheads able to weight in on this or suggest some reading material? Trying to figure out the Gillis valve connections and confused here (I don’t have good photos of how the vacuum setup was before I dismantled everything either). Turbo outlet is plugged, one of the air outlets on the turbo intake is capped off, boost valve out goes to wastegate, boost valve inlet will be connected to vacuum tree later. Now what happens with the vacuum fitting on the intercooler and the one on the air intake? Plug both?
 

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Alright fellas, I’m not very good at consistently posting about the “build”, but after working on the head for a while in my office and reading stuff+ordering parts, my friend and I decided to use the couple of days we have in another friends driveway to do the swap. It’s wild. I‘m sure I’ll have more meaningful questions but right now what I’m really wondering is: how do you remove the body panel that holds the headlights? I need that thing gone to hoist the new engine and trans in (want to do both at once) and it seems welded to the other panels or something!

Just a few details to be taken care of plumbing the coolant hoses on the turbo side on the tc engine, change the T5 transmission seals, put it all together, pressure wash and paint the engine bay with.. Eastwood Underwood black I guess, and it’s ready to go in and get hooked up to driveshaft and harness and the frame. We’re doing 14 hour days, it’s very insane and fun. Changed all the gaskets, bearings, belts, I think I did the timing right, put in a few fasteners, brackets and the ac compressor from a 93 mustang engine I had lying around, cut into a bracket to get the power master alternator to fit, came up with a hybrid pipe/hose system for the coolant which I’ll try to insulate where hoses are too close to hot parts of the engine...
Couldn’t find an AC airbox so I’m installing everything else (mustang 93 compressor clears the turbo fine) and I’ll figure out the air box when or just before it gets warm Again over here. Switching to manual is gonna be interesting, I have a new slave and master cylinder, pedals for the clutch and brake and a new clutch cable but I don’t understand how we’re gonna install that ye—-cross that bridge when we get there.

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That panel IS welded in. Only way it comes out is cutting the spot welds.
 


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