5k: ThunderPinto: 1979 Ford Pinto 2.3 Turbo

The Ford Pinto was the one of the original recipients of Ford’s infamous OHC inline-4 cylinder “EAO” engine, but it was a carburetor fed and grossly underrated engine.  Later variants added more displacement, turbocharger, fuel injection and upped the fun factor considerably, so it only makes sense that someone would put a later and higher powered 2.3 into a Pinto.  Find this 1979 Ford Pinto 2.3 Turbo currently bidding for $3,000 on ebay in Joplin, MO with 4 days to go.  Tip from Andy L.

Tipper Andy confides in us:

Here is a little project car that I have long imagined, but had never
seen come to fruition until now. Half of my weak, reptilian brain says I
should bid on this thing…

The 2.3 turbo power is very logical conclusion for the Pinto, but it isn’t often seen in the wild, and many Pinto hot rods use simple carburetor fed V8 power.  Sure, a basic carb’d 302 V8 will make twice the power of the turbo 2.3, but what is the fun in that?

The engine you are looking at is a 2.3 liter turbo from a 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe.  In  non-intercooled (and lets face it, that intake air pipe with a few fins on it is hardly a proper intercooler) the 2.3 OHC I-4 makes 150 horsepower and 200 ft-lbs of torque.

Taking a peak on the inside we see a curved Hurst shifter attached to the T5 manual transmission from the Thunderbird Turbo coupe. 

See a better way to drive a turbocharged Pinto?  tips@dailyturismo.com