Several years ago, a list member from Arizona, Karl Payne (SP), has a
Thunderbird engine with a Borg-Warner T5 trans installed in his roadster. He
used to have a project site up somewhere on the web.
San Mateo, CA
66 CSP311, SPL311
here is the info back from a 1997 post:
I happen to have a "Pinto" 2.3L in my '66 Roadster and it works pretty well.
Here's the story. This particular engine came out of a '86 Thunderbird
Turbo Coupe (190 hp) but I am not running the turbo. I rebuilt it with 10:1
compression, a single Weber and a Borg-Warner T5 trans. I LOVE the T5,
especially on the freeway. I estimate it makes around 120-130 hp. Zippy,
but not as fast as a 2.0L, and it is a bit front-heavy. When I upgrade to
the turbo, I will switch to an aluminum head which should help.
I drive the car daily and I tend to be pretty hard on my cars, so having
easy access to economical parts was a factor in my decision to swap engines.
(I'm on my third clutch so far)
I have the original engine and trans in the garage so I can go back to
the original setup someday.
'66 SPL-311 01434
>From: Ben Herman <email@example.com>
>Reply-To: Ben Herman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: ENGINE SWAPS> XR4Ti
>Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 07:44:32 -0800 (PST)
>I've seen a lot of discussion about various engine swaps since I joined
>list about a year ago, but I don't remember anything about using a
>turbocharged 2.3 liter 4 cylinder engine from the Merkur XR4Ti, Mercury
>Cougar XR7 and Ford Thunderbird. These little engines crank out quite a
>of torque and horsepower. Has anyone done this swap into a roadster?
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