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Question How to Get more power out of 2.3L

How can I get more power out of a 2.3? The first things that come to mind are turbocharging and getting a new cold air intake. But where can I find parts that will fit?
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How can I get more power out of a 2.3? The first things that come to mind are turbocharging and getting a new cold air intake. But where can I find parts that will fit?

i also thought of nitrous but i'm not sure that would be healthy for my engine
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Here's your answer right here..............
1983 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 5sp

135K......it's barely broken in! Offer him $1000, go up to $1200 if you have too. Swap the motor into your 'Stang and part out the rest of the TC. You'll make your money back in no time. (I just parted an '87 TC for $2800.......bought it for $300).
The factory TC motor has twice the horsepower of your N/A 2.3 right outta the box! The TC motor will have a 60/63 T3 turbo (which is good). Add a 3" exhaust, browntops, CAI and couple of other minor mods and you'll be pushing 300 hp without batting an eyelash!
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Here's your answer right here..............
1983 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 5sp

135K......it's barely broken in! Offer him $1000, go up to $1200 if you have too. Swap the motor into your 'Stang and part out the rest of the TC. You'll make your money back in no time. (I just parted an '87 TC for $2800.......bought it for $300).
The factory TC motor has twice the horsepower of your N/A 2.3 right outta the box! The TC motor will have a 60/63 T3 turbo (which is good). Add a 3" exhaust, browntops, CAI and couple of other minor mods and you'll be pushing 300 hp without batting an eyelash!

????????????? 300 HP do you know it is quite expensive to get that type of wheel ponies from a 2.3 and do you know the HP of a 1983 TC is like 145 TOPS!!! Tough call and expensive to accomplish. The 300 HP magic number from a 2.3 is not cheap. But it is definitely a start and with an 83 the entire engine other than the short block has to be DUN OVER. Peace Tom
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Tom,
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.
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John No issues i know you better. I was just posting some info on the cost of an older 2.3 that is lacking in many areas for HP gains. I truly understand where you were going. Those early TC were a little disappointing to say the least. Later models with IC better computers and intake and exhaust systems would be a plus. But dipping in to a turbo 2.3 either way is a good choice. Peace Tom.

Note 306 me and JOHN go way back and we respect each other HONEST. Just some feisty CHIT CHAT Thanks God Bless JOHN Peace Tom

Note JOHN is spot on about the GARRETT. Totally a plus over an IHI !!!!!!!
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Tom,
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.
hey that's fine. i dont care what people say. and your 100% right about everything. and are you sure about 300hp? even if that would work it sounds expensive.
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