Ford Performance email mag: "RYAN LABOMBARD’S ECO-BOOSTED ’87 MERKUR RESTOMOD’S THE BOMB"

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Ford Performance email mag: "RYAN LABOMBARD’S ECO-BOOSTED ’87 MERKUR RESTOMOD’S THE BOMB"

Post by John Brennan » Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:32 am

Miracles do happen. I have never seen a Merkur in this email mag sent to my email inbox once or twice a week, but here it is. I guess since it features an Ecoboost engine, and more specifically, the parts from Ford to make it work, they let one get by:

https://performance.ford.com/enthusiast ... P_FASTNEWS
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Re: Ford Performance email mag: "RYAN LABOMBARD’S ECO-BOOSTED ’87 MERKUR RESTOMOD’S THE BOMB"

Post by R Code » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:22 pm

Neat to see a beloved Merkur, and I can respect the amount of work & $ it took to do that conversion.

I have to question why though. Seems like a lot of hassle and expense for somewhat meager HP & torque gains.
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Post by my8950 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:16 pm

Something I had wanted to do for a long time...I think it's more than enough engine to make the car fun to drive.
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Post by john keefe » Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:31 pm

Really surprised to see it too. Nicely done. Now, if we could just get a Cossie look-a-like on those pages, we might have even more interest. A few years ago, someone in a Mustang asked me at a stoplight if it was a "new" Ford they were coming out with... and he was serious. Guess it was the Ford badges in place of the Merkurs. Still, says something about good visual design elements.

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Post by thesameguy » Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:18 pm

Maybe a small hp gain, but loads of easy tunability, probably a net weight loss, and probably a massive powerband gain.

Switching back and forth between my ancient 2.3l Saab Viggen (225hp, 258lb ft) and my ancient-er 2.3l XR4Ti (at least those numbers!) the difference is always astounding. The Viggen is in Full Go Mode by 2000rpm, whereas I'm still 1000rpm away from real power in the XR4Ti, despite a big exhaust and ball bearing turbo. Add in a direct injection and big static compression? What's not to love?

I like the XR for the sheer '80s-ness of it, but I definitely understand why someone would move to a modern engine, even if the numbers aren't bigger.

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Re: Ford Performance email mag: "RYAN LABOMBARD’S ECO-BOOSTED ’87 MERKUR RESTOMOD’S THE BOMB"

Post by andyofcolumbusmerkur » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:26 pm

Control pack is no longer available. At least not though Ford like the crate engine itself. I like the idea of a lighter engine verses a heavier one.
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