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Old 03-06-2013, 01:53 PM   #1
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1987 D21 short box with Ford 2.3 Turbo
I saw this rig in the 'for sale' section of this forum. Four Eyed Turd had posted it for sale last year. He got a few bites on it, but no one hooked.
I finally decided to go for it, so I drove from Baton Rouge to Waco last weekend to pick it up... Ugh, over 1,000 miles, $400 in gas and all in less than 24 hours driving.
I had a chance to look it over on Tuesday, and take it out for a test ride. The bed had all of the PO's Nissan parts packed in it, 2 rear ends, tires/wheels, interior parts and miscelaneous stuff. Alot of weight, needless to say.
I warmed it up and drove around the block. It sputtered and skipped, but it felt like it had some bag to it.
I bought a new set of plugs, a dizzy cap and the truck ran great after installing the parts.

Here's the run down:
The engine is out of an '84 Cougar. (Same as a Mustang - Fox body)
2.3 Turbo 4 banger
T5 Borg Warner tranny
Stock Nissan rear end

The install looks pretty much like a factory issue. The fabricated motor mounts look very good and the engine sits correctly, the tranny sits properly on the cross member, the drive shaft was cut to accomodate the T5 yolk. The stock radiator is cooled by an efan and the exhaust is a 3 incher running to a HUGE muff. Very quiet.

Alll of the wiring functions, although it needs a clean up to make it look good. The gauges work, and the shifter sits back about 8 inches in the tunnel. The interior has been updated to the round dash, but needs completing and detail.

The body is almost perfect, although the R fender has a few dents in it and the paint is faded. It has a 2" body lift and 16" wheels/tires that are very tall. It looks like a 4x4.

The future:
Body -
Paint - stock white (Very low profile)
Low profile tires
Lower body back to stock height
Lower suspension 2/3
Lots of finish/detail work
Isuzu Dana 44 posi disc brake rear
Engine
Clean up wiring
Header
Larger turbo
Moates quarter horse for ECU and tune (he's here in Baton Rouge)
Re plumb 3 " exhaust
Intercooler - if possible (limited space)
Re plumb intake components
Bigger throttle body
SVO intake manifold or ported stock unit
Performance cam
Major engine compartment detailing

My objective - a totally stock looking sleeper. I have seen these engines run 10 second 1320s in Mustangs.
Realistically, I'd like to have a mid 12 second sleeper. Maybe I can do this with the right combination of parts
(oh... and lots of $$)

I'll post pics of this gem tomorrow.

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Old 03-06-2013, 02:58 PM   #2
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Sounds like a great sleeper indeed. 12 second 1/4's would be awesome in that truck.
I wanted to pull the trigger and buy it but didn't have the disposable cash to do so.
Let alone the 6 hour Round trip drive.
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:30 PM   #3
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I've always thought that truck was interesting, but needed a lot of detail work and cleanup. Sounds like you have the right ideas and I'm interested to see where you go with it.
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Thanks for the look guys. I have so many other projects, I will get to this soon I hope.
I am just cleaning it up and evaluating it at the moment. I haven't put it up on the lift yet, but will soon. I'll take some detailed pics and post.

The Import Face Off is this weekend in Louisiana, we have a car that is going. I've been jamming on it getting it ready.
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I would love to run 12's in the 1/4 mile but if I see 13's I should probably be happy. I might eventually have the power to run 12's but doubt my tires could hold it before they broke free (low profile tires aren't the best for the strip).

Either way I figure I might suprise a few people on the road. Looks like your setup will do the same.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:59 PM   #6
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Sweet! I never turned the boost up past 7psi because it was a daily but the low compression motors do fine at 20ish. Check out http://www.bo-port.com for motor stuff. Heres a mustang getting it done


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Oh...more pics too please
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Now that's shittin' and gittin'.
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I've been looking online at the 2.3 performance sites, I guess mid 12s isn't so hard to acheive. Turd dood- thanks for the tags.
I figure I'll have to spend about 4 to 5K to get into the 12s.

I went to take pics yesterday, my camera battery was dead. Typical.

You can see some pics here:
http://www.infamousnissan.com/forum/...ad.php?t=22905

I'll post more as I go.
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"whistle while u work" (turbo) Had to throw that in there
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