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Turbo Project Parts

Updated 10/9/09

Progress Pictures:

If you want to see lots of pictures, click here for a pile of categorized thumbnails of my project that you can click on for full-sized images.

My Turbo Conversion Major Parts List

Part Needed

 

Expected
Cost

 

Source

 

Obtained?

 

Paid

 
Turbo - Garret T03, .60 comp A/R, .63 turbine A/R  

$175  

Used - Private Party  

Yes

 

$165

 
Turbo - Garret T03, .60 comp A/R, .63 turbine A/R  

$175  

Used - Private Party  

Yes

 

$175

 
K&N Air Filter #RE-0910  

$40 each  

Jeg's  

Yes

 

$80

 
Header Material  

$60  

Home Depot/McMaster  

Yes

 

$200

 
Intercooler  

$100-$300  

Ford Dealer  

Yes

 

$230

 
Intake and Exhaust Piping  

$50  

Used/New - Private Party/JCWhitney/local supplier  

Yes

 

$150

 
Holley 650 Double-Pumper Carb  

$350  

New - Jeg's  

Yes

 

$350

 
Bonnet  

$50  

Fabricated  

Yes

 

$10

 
Oil Lines (to turbos)  

$80  

Auto Parts Store  

Yes

 

$15

 
Fuel Lines  

$50  

NAPA  

Yes

 

$15

 
Exhaust Temp Monitor  

$120  

Jeg's  

Yes

 

$115

 
Boost Retard Device - MSD 6BTM  

$330  

Jeg's  

Yes

 

$330

 
Blowoff Valve  

$45  

Private Party  

Yes

 

$0

 
Connecting Hoses  

$30  

NAPA  

Yes

 

$100

 
Miscellaneous (hardware, fittings, etc.)  

$50  

Various  

Yes

 

$150

 

Turbos:

After doing lots of reading and talking to people and seeing examples (back in 2002), I realized that considering my budget, I'd be best off with a pair of Garret T3 turbos with a .63 turbine A/R and .60 compressor A/R because they should spool up quickly and start making boost by 2200 rpm, be at full boost by 3000 rpm, and they should be able to take me to around 5500-5800 rpm before they become a flow limitation.

What's the source for the turbos? They can be purchased new of course, but I'm too cheap and broke for that. These turbos came on manual-transmission T-Bird Turbos in the mid-'80s so there are lots of them around. The automatic T-Bird Turbos had the same turbo but usually came with a .48 turbine A/R. That basically means it'll spool up faster than the .63, but it'll run out of breath (and become an exhaust restriction) sooner.

Where to get one? eBay comes to mind of course, but I was nervous about buying an expensive and complex part from some totally unknown party. Junkyards are great, but there aren't too many around my home town anymore. Besides, I didn't really know what I was looking for in a good turbo. Then I found the jyturbo e-mail list from Yahoo! Groups. I joined up in early December, 2001 and learned a ton of stuff and "met" quite few people as well. I became friends with one guy in particular and he happened to have a nice T3 on hand. Sold! $185 later it was on my kitchen table (wife rolls eyes). A few weeks later I found another one from a different person on that e-mail list for $125. Not as nice, but should work for a couple years without a rebuild.

Turbo Project Parts and Materials

Turbo Project Parts and Materials

Turbo Project Parts and Materials

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