Maybe I was a little overzealous. I was trying to motivate the newb! Yes, I'm aware reaching 300 hp at the wheels would be expensive. I never specified wheel hp. That's probably around 375 flywheel hp.
The reasoning for my post:
mr306 is probably of the younger generation and is looking for 'fast and cheap'. His ride will most likely be street driven with emphasis on impressing friends and ladies.
mr306, please don't take any offense by me talking about you like you're not here! We're just a couple of old farts respectfully disagreeing with each other!
Tom, yes the '83 was 145 fresh off the showroom floor and I'm sure it's lost a good 20% hp since then but it's still quite a bit more than his N/A 2.3. I'm sure some good headwork would be needed, log or header, fuel system upgrades, yada, yada, yada. My point to mr306 was to 'go turbo' and there's no easier way than to swap from a donor car. 135K is fairly low mileage for an almost 30 year old car and it's in his backyard for a very reasonable price. I'm aware of your credentials and I'm sure you're aware of mine, also. Just trying to clarify my post. God Bless.
'89 LX ragtop with turbo'd TC motor - Thunderstang!
'86 Turbo Coupe (daily driver)
'88 Turbo Coupe (parts car)