1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe

1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe

There are 65 comments on the CanadianDriver story from Jun 29, 2007, titled 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. In it, CanadianDriver reports that:

From the time it arrived on the scene as a 1955 model, the Ford Thunderbird was strongly associated with V8 engines. via CanadianDriver

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paul

Windsor, CA

#22 Apr 13, 2009
Tom Wolfe wrote:
The best mods for a Thunderbird Turbo Coupe is NONE. Keep it original! These are rare, and not many are left. Want to buy a Thunderbird to 'mod' get a NON TURBO COUPE/SUPER COUPE. It would be a shame to destroy a TC/SC!
won this t/c in '88 from Kragen Auto.Made newspaper on having birds 33 years apart.t/c was 24k on sticker but paid 9k because of options and sales and income taxes....want this rare Hummbird cheap?.. [email protected] Paul Calif
Don Agnew

White House, TN

#23 Jul 11, 2009
I need a Boost pressure switch and a boost control solenoid for the Turbo Coupe engine in my street rod.
[email protected]
Don Agnew

White House, TN

#24 Jul 11, 2009
I need a boost pressure switch and a boost control solenoid for the 2.3 Turbo engine in my street rod.
[email protected]
RCrock

Crestwood, KY

#26 Jul 31, 2009
Cannot get the primary cooling fan to cycle on and off on my 1988 T-bird Turbo Coupe. The fan operates when hot wired and I have replaced the relay. Still no luck. Thanks for any suggestions on what the problem may be.
Chad

Canada

#27 Sep 25, 2009
87 turbobird wrote:
just did head gasket on my 87 tbird and running good but the oil pressure guage isnt moving so how can i tell if its just the guage and not the pump??no noise from engine ,sounds good !!.??
Did you get the gauge to work?
Gary Howard

Lake Station, IN

#28 Sep 29, 2009
I have owned my 1988 turbo coupe for 14 yr,s the fuel, oil & temp gauges stoped working. fuses ok
Chad

Canada

#29 Oct 15, 2009
Gary Howard wrote:
I have owned my 1988 turbo coupe for 14 yr,s the fuel, oil & temp gauges stoped working. fuses ok
Did you do any engine work (head rebuilt etc..) Its sounds like a ground issue.
Steve-O

Clintonville, WI

#31 Mar 8, 2010
I just bought an '88 turbo coupe and it runs great! The only problem is when I put pedal down more than 1/2 way the boost gauge goes to 5 psi then car starts to "shutter". It runs extremely smooth at 5 lbs and under but anything over 5lbs not so good. What is the problem? The guy I bought it from said to do a tune-up but why would this effect the turbo? Any answers would greatly be appreciated. Thanks
JOE

Hesperia, CA

#32 May 22, 2010
well Steve-O. Do not use any othere spark plug and wires, only Motorcraft ones, for what ever reason the T-Birds turbos dont like nothing but motorcraft. Had same problem with mine. gap ur spark pulgs at 32 or 30. make shure there no vacum leaks in the hoses. allso that was one of my onthere problem. that stoped the shutter.
here u can find more info about the T-Bs

http://www.stinger-performance.com/faq.html

What should I gap the spark plugs to?
-.032"-(10-15psi).
-.030"-(16-20psi).
-.028"-(21-25psi).
Fred

Crosby, TX

#33 Jul 23, 2010
Tony Davidson wrote:
I have a 88 turbobird with 130,000 miles plus some, when I first start the car it takes forever to warm up, not warmed good, it runs like crap,is this normal.
Yes it is if you deo not have the proper thermostat. Turbo's run hotter than most vehicles and the process requires that the engine be at a higher temp. Try asking for a higher temp thermostat at your local auto parts dealer. Cheaper try at fixing your problem and wothwhile if it does fix it.
Fred

Crosby, TX

#34 Jul 23, 2010
bubba hagmeier wrote:
i got my 88 thunderbird turb coupe with the 2.3 auto overdrive from my grandpa awhile back and the tranys shot. no mater what gear its in it wont move and i called this place in carthage,ill and i dont think thay have a clue on what i have i xplaned it to the guy and he said its $550 plus my old trany so does anyone kno were i could get a good new trany?
First get the vehicle towed to a shop that KNOWS what they are doing. Second, If you expect to find a transmission for less than $500.00 rebuilt and installed, and you find one. Please post it here. I am sure that most all on this site would be interested in that result.
Fred

Crosby, TX

#35 Jul 23, 2010
Gary Howard wrote:
I have owned my 1988 turbo coupe for 14 yr,s the fuel, oil & temp gauges stoped working. fuses ok
They are probably worn out. Try going to the local ford webpage and search for replacments for your car.
mattybo 244

New Market, MD

#36 Aug 30, 2010
i have a 88 turbo coupe bought it for $400 i want to know how to make it faster i made a air intake with a 2" flue elbow from home depot an a cone filter from advanced auto . an relocated the filter into the fender an flowmaster exhaust with no cats what should i do next. runs great also removed a/c belt hell it did not work any way made some differance
wheeldoctor

Mosinee, WI

#37 Sep 24, 2010
My 88 Tbird turbo needs a front license plate mounting bracket and the plastic piece that surrounds it. I keep running into dead ends everywhere trying to find one. Is anybody parting out their car?...let's make a deal if you have this part to sell. Thanks!

Jerry
La Crosse, WI
Lance M

United States

#38 Oct 23, 2010
mattybo 244 wrote:
i have a 88 turbo coupe bought it for $400 i want to know how to make it faster i made a air intake with a 2" flue elbow from home depot an a cone filter from advanced auto . an relocated the filter into the fender an flowmaster exhaust with no cats what should i do next. runs great also removed a/c belt hell it did not work any way made some differance
first off, get rid of the flowmaster.. run a 3 inch down pipe and exhaust.. 2 inches for the intake is too small considering the vane air meter is 3 inches.. thats all i'm telling.. i advise that u read up on some information.. if u dont know much about turbo cars then u dont really need to mod it.. u will run into detonations issues and more than likely blow ur engine
chris

Summerville, SC

#39 Feb 19, 2011
I have a 92 mustang lx with the engine and wiring and computer from an 88 t-bird turbo coupe but cant seem to get it running right. it was running rich but now its lean when its boosting. I have stock injectors, 36lb, and a 255lph fuel pump with 38 psi of fuel pressure. Any ideas on the problem?
Mike

Hellertown, PA

#40 Apr 16, 2011
I restored my dash, put everything back together but the speedometer, tachometer, and boost gauge don't work! How can I fix this?
johnfromakron

United States

#41 Apr 17, 2011
My headlights switch seems to need changed close to every 2 years, is this common?
Skipper

United States

#42 Jul 2, 2011
RCrock wrote:
Cannot get the primary cooling fan to cycle on and off on my 1988 T-bird Turbo Coupe. The fan operates when hot wired and I have replaced the relay. Still no luck. Thanks for any suggestions on what the problem may be.
I am working on the same problem. Here are a few facts that may help. The small fan for the a/c pump is the primary fan that kicks in at 220 degrees and shuts down at 210 degrees. The large fan kicks on at 300 psi a/c pressure only after the small fan kicks on first. If your not reaching 220 degree water temp. neither fan will kick on. Now the a/c switch is no more then a pressure switch. It has a spring and screw between the electrical contacts. If you have replaced R-12 with R-134 maybe the pressure is not getting up to 300 psi. You might try reducing the pressure on the screw by backing it counterclock wise to kick on at a lower pressure if you live in a cooler climate. I think the system stinks, so most the car manufacturers are going that way. Just think if your a/c pump gets a leak on a long trip out in the desert, neither the secondary, high volume fan won't come on, thereby burning up the engine if you arn't always watching the temp gauge.

May the Lord Jesus Christ guide your soul!
fasttbird19psi

Winnipeg, Canada

#43 Aug 12, 2011
pull the vacum line from waste gate its right under turbo pulled mine and she flys i put a boost controller between the hose and get 17 psi
mattybo 244 wrote:
i have a 88 turbo coupe bought it for $400 i want to know how to make it faster i made a air intake with a 2" flue elbow from home depot an a cone filter from advanced auto . an relocated the filter into the fender an flowmaster exhaust with no cats what should i do next. runs great also removed a/c belt hell it did not work any way made some differance

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