Back when Ford introduced its all-new Mustang for 1979, a small deviation in engines was made, offering models powered by 4 cylinder engines, 6 cylinder, V8’s and for the first time, a turbocharged 4 cylinder motor was the new one. Yes, the old, OHV 5.0-liter V8 had a huge, passionate and continuing cult following. But in 1979 what everyone was interested in was the turbocharged four banger. The little engine produced more power than the big engine at half the weight.
We have Rebuilt 1979 Ford Mustang Turbos For Sale ready to ship at below cost. 1-866-244-4905. Using a base 2.3-liter OHC “Lima” engine from the Pinto, the Mustang’s turbo version had a turbocharger mounted on top, forcing oxygen through a two-barrel Holley carburetor to produce 140 hp. Since the available 5.0-liter V8 that year was also rated at 140 hp , the turbo Four seemed like a good alternative at a time when gas prices were on the rise.
Carburetors and turbos still didn’t function perfectly however, and Ford’s first turbo Four had an early turbo problem called turbo lag, and some structural reliability problems. So Ford took the turbo Four off the market after the 1981 model year and sent the engine back to the drawing board.
The turbocharged four returned for the 1983 model year, with turbo friendly electronic fuel injection, coverage spread beyond the Mustang to the 1983 Thunderbird coupe. Internal components were strengthened and Fuel Injection reduced turbo lag and offered better reliability. In fact, since its re-introduction, the turbo 2.3 has earned a reputation for being reliable and dependable.
With the turbo Four working well, Ford built a a special car for it in 1984, the Mustang SVO. Marketed as a solution to European sport coupes, the SVO’s turbo Four was fitted with an air-to-air inter-cooler that helped push output up to 175 hp and even better manners. That matched the rated output of the carbureted V8 offered in that year’s Mustang GT. During its last year of production, in 1986, the Mustang SVO’s turbo Four added dual exhaust and its horsepower reached at 200 hp.
The turbo Four would was used without an inter-cooler in the few German-made Merkur XR4Ti models sold here between 1985 and 1989. During 1987 and ’88 the Thunderbird Turbo Coupe featured an inter-cooled 190-hp version. But with gas cheap, Ford wasn’t finding a lot of performance buyers ready to spend the extra bucks for the turbocharged engine.
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