The Info Pages
So you think you know everything about these turbo cars? You think you've heard of every strange one-off car ever made? Well how about the 4WD Daytona? Yep, you heard me, a four-wheel-drive Daytona. And if that wasn't strange enough as it is, it also was equipped with a prototype twin cam 2.2L engine. Keep in mind this was in 1985, a good 6 years before the T3 engine made its way onto the streets. Who made this wild creation? Who else, but Carrol Shelby. Check it out...
Now I know most of us have heard of Turbo Mini's, and we know that they make great street racers, but here's an interesting article on a 5-speed Turbo Mini.
So you're having a hard time deciding whether to buy another FWD Turbo Mopar, or to buy a classic Mopar such as a Cuda. Well, it may have been no decision at all. What am I talking about? Here's another Mopar that never made it into production.. the 85 2.2L Turbo Cuda.
Here's just a cool nostalgia ad. It's a Spearco ad for their intercooler systems for our cars. This ad was from when our cars were NEW and people actually made stuff for them! Imagine that!
Stick this in your GLH! I found this at a recent swap meet, and had to get it. The price was right! It's an intercooler from a 1999-2000 Ford Super Duty truck. This beast has a core that measures 31" x 15" x 2", with 3.25" OD pipes. The tubes are 3/8" tall and there's 23 of them. The end tanks on it are cast aluminum. Now all I need is a car to put it on. Hmm.. I wonder how my mom would like driving a 13sec intercooled Mini?!?
Here's a pretty lucky find. This is a fuel pressure regualtor off of a Volvo. I got the intake and fuel rail out of a mechanic's scrap pile because I needed an intake core to return to the junkyard. When I got it home, I noticed that the regulator looked pretty close to my 2-pc intake regulator. A side to side comparison found them to be identical physically. I made a pressure checker to find out what psi the regulator was set to open up at, and found it to be about 35psi. For those of you who dont know, our turbo regulators are at 55psi, and in order to use oversize injectors, and not flood at idle, the fuel pressure would have to be lowered. This would mean spending $50 to have it converted to an adjustable one. But with this regulator already set lower, we can just stick it on go from there with no conversion! If you were wondering, it came off of a 1987 Volvo 740 DL Wagon with a 4-cyl FI 2.3L. Keep your eyes peeled for on in the yards!
One day I was at the junkyard returning some cores, and I took a quick walk into the yard just to check on one thing. A few days earlier there was a Shadow ES with one 15" Pumper wheel, and I wanted to see if it was still there, nothing else. I got to the car and it was gone. =( So as I was leaving, I went down the next row of cars, because I saw that it was a new row (they had just put the cars down) I noticed the nose of a Shelby Z. I ran to the car only to find a completely untouched T2 motor under the hood! IC and everything! Needless to say, I spend the next morning pulling the drivetrain and scored it for under $200. It was an 88, so no two-piece intake, but still...
Here is an interesting article with some pictures about the prototype 2.2L DOHC Twin turbo (that's right, I said TWIN turbo) engine that was being developed to pace the Indy Car World Series. Keep in mind, this is 1984 technology!!
This small article is from an October 1988 issue of Car And Driver. It's from the section about future cars and it talks about the "Shelby Spirit" which will be for sale in 1990. Hmmm.. just like the 1990 Shelby CSX, another one that didn't quite make it. It did spawn the Spirit R/T though. Note: although it's hard to see in the scan, this car does sport the "Shelby 16V" valve covers.