If you’re thinking of building a turbocharged engine, the information in this video will save you a lot of headache and sorrow. It will also save you some money.
I spent almost 2 years building my turbo Fairmont and I love the way it turned out. Sometimes though, I wish I had never gone for a turbo. Turbos are great, but they can be a real pain to set up properly. If you do decide that turbo is the way you want to go, I hope this video helps you on that journey.
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The Block: http://www.pbm-erson.com/Catalog/World%20Products/Blocks_WP/Small%20Block%20Ford/WPI087020
The Crank: http://www.pbm-erson.com/Catalog/PBM/Clearance/PBM85207
The Heads: https://performanceparts.ford.com/part/M-6049-X302
The Cam: Comp Cams custom grind: 222@.050″ 222@.050 .357″lobe lift .571″ valve lift (1.6 rocker) .351″ lobe lift .562″ valve lift (1.6 rocker) 114º separation 4ºadvance
Modified: Edelbrock Performer RPM intake
The Carburetor: https://www.holley.com/products/fuel_systems/carburetors/demon/mighty_demon/parts/5402020BT
The Distributor: https://www.msdperformance.com/products/distributors/ford/parts/8582
The Ignition: https://www.msdperformance.com/products/ignitions/street_and_strip/parts/6462
The turbo Kit: http://www.on3performance.com/shop/1987-93-mustang-gtcobra-5-0-foxbody-turbo-system/
Copper RTV: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LZ7WZAT/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The only gaskets I would consider: http://www.jegs.com/i/Mr-Gasket/720/7160/10002/-1
Stage 8 Locking Bolts: https://lmr.com/item/M9432A50/79-95-Mustang-50-302-58-351-Stage-8-Header-Bolt-Kit
Check out Kalvinator Engines: http://www.kalvinatorengines.com
Check out Velosity Labs: https://www.youtube.com/user/VelocityLabs
How To Clock a Turbo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLY3l9D_lro
How To Properly Gap Piston Rings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAguO3EPzcI
How To Assemble Pistons and Rings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW7Jo8f8jZk
Engine Assembly Crankshaft and Pistons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st0X4k3EH18&t=7s
How To Degree a Camshaft: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_9rUXYxAY0
How To Balance an Engines Rotating Assembly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjuGkXpha8Q&t=1052s
#DarkmatterPikachu Dyno Testing Day (Full Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Naj3LL-zIj0
How To Dress Up Your Engine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eKP2WkIoyc
ETCG and Cameraman Brian Talk Kalvinator Engines Shoot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsVIMCFyB3c
The #FairmontProject playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L22GsHQi7tU&list=PLSzhQ6St-ov2nxWVKCeU14Vt7JJ_QSZvs
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28 thoughts on “5 Things You Should Know When Building a Turbocharged Engine”
Im thinking about buying a rear mount ebay turbo charger in my standard 4.3l s10 with adding a cam, high flow oil pump, stock piston's, stock heads summit distributer and a marine intake i got a budget of around $3000.00 what do you think ?
when should i use rtv copper liquid gasket, vs rtv liquid black, red gasket?
It's high heat is from that small crap turbo lol. If you done a better turbo then on3 like a s475 would have been way better. A/r is the biggest factor on turbos and I can tell by the dyno you did at 2500rpm you are full spool so at 5k your choking the engine which causes heat. If you had it at say 3-3500rpm the a/r would be big enough to get flow.
Dude great explanation. However… Where is the boost controller? You discuss it a bit in relation to the signal from the cold side housing (boost) . Did you change the jets and channels in the carb? Was it leaning out at high revs ? Take it easy. 👊
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Seems like alot of extra work and expense when you can just throw a 100+ shot at it. Done properly. Buy a large bottle with your buddies and fill the smaller bottles off it.
Don't know how I missed this episode. Yes, we get "value from Eric the car guy". You are still one of the best car educators out here.
Too much work fuck that
if you can, use THE LEAST amount of coupler's as possible. its a pain chasing a boost leak with 13 coupler's, as well as when they get hot and expand, not good to tear one up and possibly suck one into your engine!
What up! Thanks !
The placement of the BOV before the intercooler rather than after makes sense for another reason: why cool air you aren't going to use?
I KNEW you'd end up moving the cold Intake Plumbing to the Driver's side!!!
It just wasn't working on the same side as the Turbo. 😊
Damn this is one of the best video s I seen very informative thanks awesome job
Hey Eric, I recommend you start building undertays, at least for the engine. It will keep the undercarriage clean and more importantly, improve aerodynamics. If you eventually make a full tube and cover the entire underbody of the car, you should see significant gains in high-speed stability. Would sure make for some entertaining videos!
The best gasket to use is remflex that gasket works the best besides RTV silicone
Great informative video
So, is what you are saying is…..get a pro charger?
I was gonna crack a joke about how that Fairmont would break down 5 miles down the road, but then you mentioned it's not a real Ford engine. Bravo.
looks like he finally went with EFI. I gotta look thru the build videos and find that, should be interesting.
Thats a lot of heat cover.
Does your BOV ever open when the throttle is closed? If its signal comes from above the throttle plate, all it will see when the throttle closes is a surge of positive pressure but never vacuum. If you have a pressure differential of more than a couple of psi across your intercooler, it probably opens under boost.
You forgot one of the most important tips. Let the car idle for a few minutes when the turbo is hot. If you don't then you'll "coke" the oil in the lines. This leads to insufficient oil flow to the turbo and then failure. If you can't be bothered to do it yourself, then get a turbo-timer.
That thing awd?
Eric…what about destination?
You are the man!!
What kind of oil do you run on that engine?
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