Today I spotted an 88 turbo t-bird on Craigslist. 140k on the clock with some minor problems. For the most part, the car looks its age (from the pics) with the paint being dull and the interior being somewhat worn, but I am told the engine and transmission are good and the body straight. The seller wants $1000 OBO which is a bit high I think but I'm sure I can talk the guy down a couple hundred. I am gonna try to go by tomorrow and check it out to see what shape the car is in and put my scanner on it to see if there are any problems that may not be so apparent.
The transmission is automatic but I know a guy who has an older SVO with a 5-speed he might be willing to give up. If I am not mistaken, the early 80s turbo 2.3s have larger turbos that spool up a bit slower but put out much more boost.
I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed on this one as it seems like a fun toy. Any one know about these or have experience with this engine/trans? Any pointers and tips would be great.