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Old 11-09-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
Switching to Carb - Dodge Spirt 88 turbo  
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Getting rid of the turbo and switching to Carb for a project. I was just wondering what would be need or advice on doing this. or pointing me to the right location. It's a Dodge spirit 1988 Turbo 2.5 engine. Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:51 PM   #2
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Why would you ever go to carb when you have a turbo
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:53 PM   #3
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Its for a sand rail project. No turbo needed. Plus no head ache with the wiring...
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Its for a sand rail project. No turbo needed. Plus no head ache with the wiring...


Um.....in the 1988/89 production years, Chrysler went with F.I. across the board and cut warranty claims by 70%. My '86 Omni was bought by my brother-in-law new and we never did get that thing to run right. It would run okay for a while then the carb would give trouble. I went to the point of putting a race carb on it and it still gave trouble.

Are you making the car into a sand rail or using the drivetrain for one? I can see using the drive train, I helped but a Eldorado FWD drive into a VW squareback wagon. We had to move the sides of the car out 2 inches per side but once it was done, you couldn't tell it. At least, not until he hit the loud pedal. Depending on traction, he would either light the tires up or pick the front end up.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:23 PM   #5
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Off the top of my head, you would need to find an early carb equiped car and get the intake and exhaust manifolds, the distributor, and maybe the carb. Most carb guys go for an aftermarket Weber carb.

I'm not sure if you could make that distributor run off and old Chrysler electronic ignition box or not. Also, that turbo motor is gonna be a low compression one, because it's expecting boost. So don't expect alot of power out of it! You'd be better off using a complete factory carb or TBI motor.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:53 PM   #6
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as said before you need the entire setup, motor, wiring, ESA Computer and you will need a fuel sender without the pump

best ignition you could get yourself setup with is with the vintage ChryCo spark box with a unilite distributer
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:35 PM   #7
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That's what i figure. I think i am just gonna buy a whole new setup. Found out the engine had a crack in the block. But thanks for the help guys.
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