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Old 09-01-2007, 03:26 AM   #1
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I found a couple! The one I'm bidding on is a $9 staring bid with free shipping. Here'* the link:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Ball-...QQcmdZViewItem

I'm posting this in hopes of you considering the "no idea is stupid" part of the description of this thread. I want to turbocharge something. I'm hoping I can go to a car auction and find something to turbocharge when I get this. Maybe my car will get a hold of it.

I really hope I win so that I can go around turbocharging cars. I've already found a couple of welders, and there are almost too many 3800 engines around. It should be fun playing with non-3800 turbos and 3800 engines. Any thoughts?
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I agree that I hope this doesn't turn into a flame about the idea. I do think that no idea is stupid.

However, be prepared to hear about all of the other stuff you WILL need to make it work correctly. Tuning, Fuel issues, Trans upgrades, other supporting mods.... the list probably goes on.

Yes, it CAN be done. I don't know anything about turbos though, so I have no idea if that one is even WORTH $10.00
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1. Never bid until the last 5 minutes. You're jacking your own final price up by bidding now.

2. That'* going to be about a $1000 install if you have very good connections. Twice that would be normal.

3. Custom PCM.

4. You'll be gutting your SC to make that work. If you want dual boost, start at 3k.

5. This doesn't include your trans upgrades.

6. Have you checked the specs on that to see if it'* properly sized for the application?
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2. That'* going to be about a $1000 install if you have very good connections. Twice that would be normal.
and $1000.00 is being very very generous.. I would bet you are looking at triple that (with connections) for an install you are going to spend IMo 8 to 10 hours just getting it plumbed. If you do it right and stick it down low left hand corner of the front end ( notice I dont have it located under the Hood) Turbos respond better when they are colder so placing it in the lower corner of the drivers side fender locates it further away from the intake.

you will need to remove the cover and likely the fender just to geter in there.

You have a super charged car right now ? Keep it like that lol way less headaches

Not saying ti can not be done but it will be alot of headaches to make it right.

Oh and a tune thats going to set you back a little

Trust me i know.....
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If you want a turbocharged vehicle to play with, stick with a car that was turboed from the factory. Dodge/Chrysler 2.2/2.5 turbos are in my opinion the easiest ones to start out with. Tons of them exist in scrap yards, and running examples can be had on the cheap.

H3LL, Gus Mahan built a 13-second minivan using nothing but junkyard and swapmeet pieces, and primarily used G-body (Daytona, Lazer) components.
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Wow, these are great suggestions. Thanks a lot for the quality comments. I might end up going to a junk yard to pick up just any light car and see what I can do with it. On Monday, I'm going to go to a few yards to look for Bonneville stuff, and hopefully I might see something else I like.
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If you do end up getting a turbo Dodge, let me know. I have a Mopar Performance 2.2/2.5 performance handbook that tells you step-by-step on whats, hows, and whys on everything. It'* a relic from my LeBaron GTC 2.5 turbo/5 speed build I done a few years back
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Don't waste your money on knock off turbos. They are always garbage and you will get what you paid for.
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I think pontiacjeff did pretty well with a $130 ebay turbo for a while. I just want to get a cheap turbo, do a half-baked exhaust manifold, and run a yard car for no good reason. I've been inspired because I want to see if I can build a high-HP dragster for little $. I already have a few plans, and this is just for fun. I'll let you know, and please you guys tell me if something of this nature crops up. Thanks.
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Old 09-03-2007, 02:08 AM   #10
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this is similiar to a project id like to do someday

but to somethign sleeper, somethign uncommon
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