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Project Ford Turbo :) 84 SVO

Well as some of you know... I got this car in partial trade for my old 98 ranger that has seen better days. Its a 1984 Mustang SVO.. Standing for Special Vehicle Opertations. Its basically a foxbody Mustang with a Turbocoupe motor.. 2.3 liter ford 4banger with a Airresearch T3 Turbo pushing out 14pounds of boost though a top mount intercooler.4-wheel disc brakes, 5 lug wheels, Factory Koni Ajustable struts and tubular control arms .5inch wider than a stock 84 mustang. Hurst shifter, Recaro designed seats and the famous biwing. Making it a car made to challenge the German car market in handling and overall a well balanced car more than stop light drag racing the v8's of america. Its the only other car other than the corvette that came with factory 16 inch wheels in 84
The car was a little rough and turned out to be kinda a basket case.. Paints nice outside of the body theres no rust. Turns out it needs floors. Someone put a floor pan in it and just set it over the original rotten pan (very dumb) .Soo Im gonna take the one they put in out, and cut out the original rotted pan and either put the replacement back in correctly with welding or just get a new one.
These cars are famous for terrible wiring and mine looked terrible when I saw it but after tearing the ENgine harness out it turns out it needs like 3-4 pigtails sodered on so its ok.
Heres the car when I first got it home back in December
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In mid January I took my tax money and sent the spare motor I got with the car to my local machine shop and had the totally rebuild it. The motor was the original motor that belonged the car. The motor in the car was a 86 motor. Well they racked up a 785$ bill on totally rebuilding and assembling the head, machining the block, putting the rings and rods on the new pistons I got for it. And machining the crank
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Engine harness pulled almost out and battery, intercooler and basically everything thats in the way out of the way.. cleaning sanding the inner fender walls.. Wil finish once the motors out Pending WARM WEATHER
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Heres the pics of the motor on the stand.. I decided not to have the machine shop put together the lower end. One of my friends builds motors soo he offered to help and I really wanna be a big part of this car since it is a project car and its only money haha
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Well thats it for now.. Im working alot now to basically pay for this project and keep the Rangers running and wheelin good. Im really happy I have something like this. they are very rare and Im very lucky to have one in such good shape for the most part. post comments!
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great car man. very rare and you ARE very lucky to find a svo in that good of condition
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That is an awesome little car. I love those little turbo motors, there great, they have alot of potential. Should be a riot to drive once your all done. Good luck with it.
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They are awesome cars!
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Thanks guys.. I drove the car for 3 days on the old owners plates and its a hoooot lol... People in Camaros lookin at it going.. WTF is that? loll ... then go by them just soundin like a 4 banger.. waiting for them to give it some gas.. when they do... I would just make it build some boost.. there always have the WTF? is that a Talon? lol or a Mistubishi lol
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looks good,i just sold my 86 1d,ill get another one later on in life
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not too bad......i would have swapped in a V8....
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not too bad......i would have swapped in a V8....
if modded right that svo will eat up 5.0's all day plus with the rising cost of gas if you drive those normally youll get some good gas mileage. Plus the SVO is EXTREMELY rare putting in a v8 would be a slap in the face to the car.
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Plus the SVO is EXTREMELY rare putting in a v8 would be a slap in the face to the car.
if they are that rare, then replacing the original block with a different block will also decrease the value and originallity of the car........collectors check for these things as the VIN is stamped in the block....
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as long as he kept that original motor and keeps it with the car that would still pull atleast here in chicago about 7g's
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original engines don't mean squat if they are not in the car and running....
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to a mustang collector it would
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original engines don't mean squat if they are not in the car and running....
The motor I had rebuilt is the motor Dearborn put in that car.. someone threw a 86 motor in it.. I checked.. its a matching numbers motor.. head.. even turbo.. Having the orginal turbo rebuilt to stay with the car... And when u get a chance... look at this video.. Supercharged 4.6 swapped 89lx vs a 86 SVO 2.3 with 29 pounds of boost and STOCK LOWER END... Guess who wins :)

heres a couple videos.. all cars are basically mustang stock with exhuast and boost up a biut... but stock turbo cars
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this one the SVO has a dodge Holeset cummins turbo on it
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Screw 5.0's... not at 3.50 a gallon.. my baby will be well fast than most 5.0's in my town and just mopin around ill get 28mpg.. LOL
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ive never heard of those mustangs before, and at first i was like, a 4 cyl turbo??? but after watching those vids, im a believer, good luck with the build up, and never let that car go
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SVO's Kick A** haha next to a Taurus SHO
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SVO's Kick A** haha next to a Taurus SHO
Ive owned 2 of those.. one a white auto with black leather.. and another I just got rid of.. a 92 Silver... No cats---- thing would eat 5.0's all day.... lol
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You have a turbo four cylinder, 87 octane is a thing of the past...
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that is a nice *** svo. good look with it in the future. dont mention sho's. i miss my old one :(
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You have a turbo four cylinder, 87 octane is a thing of the past...
True... 89 octane on 10pounds is fine..15 pounds on 93 is what ill need to run
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that is a nice *** svo. good look with it in the future. dont mention sho's. i miss my old one :(
yeah your tellin me i bought a 99 Duratec and i worked on it and i gave it the SHo Body with the SHO Duals. Then i bought a 95 SHO worked on it didn't get got alot of stuff together, and sold it. I wouldn't mind buying another there good old cars. Parts are start to be hard to find though.
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i had my boost cranked up to 17 pounds,fuel bumped up and timing and that little F ****R would hang with some cars big time,all free mods might i add,great car all around except for the damn eternal turbo ford oil leaks here and there...goodluck with her,are you on svoca.com or turboford.org???
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i had my boost cranked up to 17 pounds,fuel bumped up and timing and that little F ****R would hang with some cars big time,all free mods might i add,great car all around except for the damn eternal turbo ford oil leaks here and there...goodluck with her,are you on svoca.com or turboford.org???


thanks man.. Im on SVOCA.. but I tryed turbo ford but there not accepting new members... now I gotta wait a month to do the motor.. cuz I ordered the wrong pistons.. everyone swears just to get the forged pistons..I got hyper's thinkin I will be ok... Im just gonna do the forged and make it stronger
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SVO's Kick A** haha next to a Taurus SHO
Couldn't have said it better

I'd rather an SHO over an SVO, simply because I've got such a big infatuation with the SHO's. Infact, I'd love to own one that isn't beat to hell. Those are hard to find. Take a 5 series all day at the track, and I've seen it done.
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Beautiful car man!! Very clean.....even tho I wanna slap you for not using fender covers!

A word of advice...I have been into the 2.3t stuff a while and you must use forged pistons and I would not reuse the stock rods on a new piston either. Heating the small end to press the pins takes its toll on the stock rods. If you are going to go with good forged pistons spend another 250-300 on some good aftermarket rods too.

I used to have one of the rarest of the rare SVO's but had to sell it due to a divorce....bigest mistake of my life. I found a local guy parting out a 84 SVO and went to check it out and turned out it was so nice I bought the whole car. I later found out the car was a special order from a dealer in Dearborn ordered in blue.They never officaily made a blue SVO til 86 and only a hand full. Mine was prolly one of the two rarest SVO's ever made.The other was a white 84 which my friend owns. Check on SVOCA about it,its a cool story.My old car is part of Kendal Cokers SVO collection in AL now.One of at least 40 SVO's he owns.

And for what its worth.....a 2.3t motor from another 2.3t car is not going to hurt the value of these cars at all!!! We are talking about foxbody mustangs here not Hemi Cudas or 427 Cobras! The turbos,heads and many other parts are not vin stamped and as long as the car retains the factory equipment for its year it will be just as collectable as any other.
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