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Old 11-03-2008, 09:34 AM
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Adding turbo to NA '89 Club Wagon

Hello everyone,

I'm new to this forum and tried searching to see if anyone has done this but couldn't come up with anything, so here goes:

I'm thinking of purchasing an '89 Club Wagon van with the NA, pre-Powerstroke diesel. Basically, I want to be able to get the best fuel economy I can from it, and I was thinking that adding a turbo tuned for efficiency would help with that. My dad has a newer '95 (I think) Powerstroke E350 cargo van that is being parted out, and I was wondering if the turbo setup from that van would be able to be put into the older NA van?

I'm assuming that I would need to get the exhaust manifold, downpipe, and turbo from the 'stroker van and that it might need a new exhaust made up (would probably do that anyway for power/MPG) and that the intake routing would probably have to be made as well, but does anyone know what else to consider?

I am new to Ford diesels, but have experience with little VW diesels, so I know that the injection pump would need adjusting and that sort of thing, but is this a reasonable setup, or is there anything I'm overlooking, and does anyone know if there would be issues in fitting everything in that model of van? Thanks!

Josh
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Hello everyone,

I'm new to this forum and tried searching to see if anyone has done this but couldn't come up with anything, so here goes:

I'm thinking of purchasing an '89 Club Wagon van with the NA, pre-Powerstroke diesel. Basically, I want to be able to get the best fuel economy I can from it, and I was thinking that adding a turbo tuned for efficiency would help with that. My dad has a newer '95 (I think) Powerstroke E350 cargo van that is being parted out, and I was wondering if the turbo setup from that van would be able to be put into the older NA van?

I'm assuming that I would need to get the exhaust manifold, downpipe, and turbo from the 'stroker van and that it might need a new exhaust made up (would probably do that anyway for power/MPG) and that the intake routing would probably have to be made as well, but does anyone know what else to consider?

I am new to Ford diesels, but have experience with little VW diesels, so I know that the injection pump would need adjusting and that sort of thing, but is this a reasonable setup, or is there anything I'm overlooking, and does anyone know if there would be issues in fitting everything in that model of van? Thanks!

Josh
Josh, you can't use the late model parts, ANY of the parts, from a Power Stroke on that early, IDI Ford diesel, completely different motors. I have an '87 E-350 van with a Banks turbo setup. It's Ford Van specific, meaning that you have to find a van like ours or the turbo setup won't work, (won't physically fit). I believe that Banks still has a system available for your van, but I'm selling my perfectly good setup too. I also have the Gear Vendors Overdrive unit on my truck, (also for sale). I bought a '94 F-350 dually with a turbo'd 7.3 to replace the van, otherwise I'd NEVER sell my Ford diesel stuff.
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