Forced Induction 91 Escort GT Turbo Build

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    DKHayes117 FEOA Member

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    Hi all, I bought a 91 escort gt a few months ago, and I've since decided to put a turbo on it. This thread will be dedicated to documenting the process. Thoughts, comments, suggestions are welcome. I started off with a mainly stock engine. The car came with a body kit, k sport coilovers, 17 inch wheels, 2.5 inch exhaust with a header, and a fried computer. The heater core gave out and shorted the computer out. I replaced the computer and drove it a few weeks, which lead me to want to go stand alone. I installed a megasquirt stand alone and deleted the VAF using the built in map sensor on the MS. Even with this and a cold air intake, I wasn't happy with the performance. Turbo here i come!!! Luckily, my dad owns a junk yard and has 4 or 5 gt's. I pulled another 91 gt engine to build while i drive my car until I'm ready to swap. Here are a few photos of my car before upgrades and the engine I'm getting ready to build. Stay tuned for more pics!!

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    I got the motor completely broke down. I took the block, crank and pistons as a unit, along with the valve cover, head, and oil pan to a local guy to be cleaned. He is going to work the head, and go through the block assembly. While I'm waiting on it to get done, I ordered a new Mullen oil pump (USA made), and an Aisin water pump. I also ordered 515cc fuel injectors and a Kemso high flow fuel pump. I can't wait to get the block back so I can start assembly!
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    Fuel Pump Upgrade

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    I'd like some opinions on the turbo i should use. I have located a new vj20 manifold as well as a new vj33 turbo. I dont know if itll direct bolt up to the vj20 manifold. I figured it should. Vj20 turbos are pretty much impossible to find from what ive found. I found vj11 but its very pricey. I could build a custom adaptor and use a t25 or t3 turbo. Im looking to manage the 210hp mark at the crank. Any comments suggestions or ideas?
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    make your life simple and just do a small t3 to begin with. skip the VJ series. if you have access to a second motor just get a turbo header built. if you're looking at only wanting 210hp. you're going to be very surprised. the gtx will do 210 to the wheels with the proper tune and bolt-ons.
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    you've convinced me to not go with the VJ turbo, after many considerations that is. I think I am going to go with a t3 Turbonetics turbo with .48 trim. This t3 turbo is rated for 150-325hp. Should be perfect for my +200hp project. Also I'm going to use the vj20 header, it'll be the easier to modify the mounting plate on the header than make an entire custom header. Note that I will modify the header myself, I have all the metal working equipment and skills to do so. While I'm working on my engine, I'm also customizing the interior and exterior of the car. I'll upload some photos this week when I can.

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