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Merkur XR4Ti Reliability Problem Solved: Turbo Ford 351W V8!

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The Türbö Schnitzel XR4Ti has competed in several LeMons events here in South Carolina, with predictable results each time: KABOOM! Obviously, an XR4Ti must have a turbocharged Ford engine, but there's no law that says it can't be a V8!

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Even though most of the Schnitzels' mechanical woes have been transmission- and/or clutch-related, they've still had to replace enough head gaskets in the blown Pinto four that an engine swap seemed like a good idea.

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So, they went to the junkyard and got themselves a 351 Windsor out of an Econoline 250, then did some eBay shopping for a turbocharger meant for a 7.3 liter Navistar Powerstroke diesel.

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Now, just about everybody some folks might say that a blow-through Holley might be less than ideal for fuel delivery in such a setup, especially when the entire carb isn't fully enclosed within a pressurized box, but the Schnitzels have made "some mods" to their carb and everything will never in hell should work just fine on the track.

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Wisely, they opted to skip the Friday practice session here at Carolina Motorsports Park, figuring their car probably has 7 a limited number of laps in it before something important breaks.

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Will it be the differential? The junkyard T5 transmission? The brakes? Or will the 90-degree heat and high-mile engine conspire to blow both head gaskets during the first several minutes? Who can say? Check in later to find out!

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connolly-ry
Death By Cornbread

This just makes me want to get a team of my own together even more.

I tried to organize one for the New England LeMons in CT, the deadline was May 15th but if any of you Jalops want to attempt a last minute run at a team let me know.

Everyone I had showed a bunch of initial interest and then dragged their feet and interest dried up.

I have a $200 1990 Chevy Cavalier lined up if we can pull something together.

Let us hoon.