ok, where to start...
1. the SSautochrome manifolds have been known to be of poor qulaity and the welds to crack.
2. you would need to keep the boost down to about 5 psi MAX or you will melt the cast pistons, to make real power you want forged pistons on a forced induction application.
3. you will have to pull the oil pan off to drill and add a fitting for the turbo oil return line, which means you have to pull the engine up to get the pan off.
4. you will need everything a turbo motor needs, being a bypass valve and all the vacuum lines setup right. oil lines too and from the turbo and most likely coolant lines to and from the turbo also.
5. you will need to do somethign to increase the fueling which can be quite difficult without going to a stand alone fuel system or really really understanding the EEC-V ford engine management.
6. the coil packs will most likely need to be relocated, and the heater box may need to be modified and the a/c system either changed around or removed.
you would be much better off doing a lot of studying up on turbo setups and the ford 2.3 lima engines, and getting the parts you would need from the junkyard from the 80s turbo coupes and svos and merkur xr4tis will save a lot of money and get good ford parts. the exhaust manifolds from any of the lima 2.3s will bolt up to his 98 2.3. there is a LOT of stuff that has to be taken into account in order to not melt down the pistons or destroy another part of the motor. it is also very difficult to keep a turbo down at 5psi of boost as the wastegates on most turbos run at a minimum of 8ish psi with no boost input to it, and with boost input it only goes up from there.
edit: also expected power output for a forced induction engine is 100% output over stock power for every bar of positive pressure (every 12psi), so if you have a 100HP engine, you give it 1 bar of boost its theoretical output is 200hp, 2 bar of boost over and its 300HP and so on. but if you give even one bar of boost onto those cast pistons they will melt down in the first pass down the road even if you managed to give it enough fuel to work correctly.
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Last edited by TireIron; 05-14-2006 at 07:28 PM.