2.3 Turbo Bird motor into 61

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2.3 Turbo Bird motor into 61

Post #1 by TKulak » Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:12 am

Hello all. I know this has been done before but I need help with wiring. If someone has some insight please contact me or post info. Thanks

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Post #2 by 80broncoman » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:05 am

So how much of the donor car do you have?
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Re: 2.3 Turbo Bird motor into 61

Post #3 by TKulak » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:19 am

All of it. It is a 5-speed car but I have to convert it to an auto. Doing this for a friend. He has no use of his right hand so the stick is out.

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Re: 2.3 Turbo Bird motor into 61

Post #4 by rocklord » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:28 am

What automatic are you using? C4? Early AOD?
Using an ECU from a 5-spd going to an automatic would be easier than the other way around,
as long as you don't use an automatic that needs computer control.

Purchase the repair manual for the vehicle you are pulling the engine from, that way you have the wiring diagram.
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Re: 2.3 Turbo Bird motor into 61

Post #5 by TKulak » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:45 am

I would prefer AOD but will probably go with whatever I find first. Just wondering how much of the stock tbird harness I will have to use or will I need a custom engine harness?

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Post #6 by bubba22349 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:10 pm

You should be able to use a stock harness, one good thing is that some of the Tbird Turbo Coupe's came with an auto trans if you can find one. :nod:
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Post #7 by TKulak » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:56 pm

I have done some 5.0 swaps but just got a custom harness, if I can use the tbird harness without too much clutter I will do that.

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Re: 2.3 Turbo Bird motor into 61

Post #8 by First Fox » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:00 pm

If you have all the original harness you can just swap the whole kit and caboodle over from the donor car. The ECM may not operate all the functions ie: the electronic boost control etc, due to the manual trans swap. If you do swap in the entire wiring harness you can do yourself a huge favour and order a PIMP ECM. It is a standalone plug and play control unit tht Stinger performance sells and although they are a bit pricey, about 600 bucks, it comes with tuning software that allows you to do all kinds of wonderful things as you swap parts and upgrade without needing a reprogram. The system also "self learns" and will tune itself within a few drives around town. It plugs directly into the factory ECM connection wih no splicig anywhere. You just plug it in and attach a vaccum/boost line and start the car. It also does away with the stock VAM which is a bulky airflow restriction anyway.

Waaaaaayyyyy simpler than megasquirt and more beginner friendly. You are welcome. :beer:
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Re: 2.3 Turbo Bird motor into 61

Post #9 by TKulak » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:14 pm

Firstfox thanks for the info! Really glad I joined this forum!

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