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OCT 10, 2019 | FROM FORD STAFF REPORTS

RYAN LaBOMBARD’S ECO-BOOSTED ’87 MERKUR RESTOMOD’S THE BOMB

1987 EcoBoost Merkur Restomod08

The best thing about reading our Ford Fan Spotlight every week is finding out about all the great Blue Oval rides that come out of the garages of Ford enthusiasts who know how to turn a wrench. So when Ryan LaBombard of Killingworth, Connecticut, wrote us to talk about his resto-modded 1987 Merkur XR4Ti powered by a 2.0L EcoBoost crate engine, we couldn’t wait to hear more about it. We know you can’t either, so check out his email to us below:

“Hello Ford Performance. My name is Ryan LaBombard, and I live in Killingworth, Connecticut. I just wanted to share the story behind my 1987 Merkur XR4Ti restomod. I bought the car six years ago. It was completely stock. I was frankly disappointed by the factory 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and the T-9 transmission, so I didn't really drive the car very much.

“Four years ago, I bought a 2.0L EcoBoost crate engine (M-6007-20T) and the Controls Pack (M-6017-20T) from what was then Ford Racing and got to work on installing it in my Merkur. Luckily, the new EcoBoost Mustang was just being released at the time and things like the intake manifold, engine brackets and cooling system parts to turn the engine from front- to rear-wheel-drive became available from my local Ford dealer.

“I did have to borrow some parts from other Fords. I used the oil pan from a second-generation Ranger pickup. I used a T-5 manual transmission, so I was also able to use parts from the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth such as the crossmember. I also used the front-mounted intercooler from the Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4, which bolts into the factory holes on the Merkur.

“I just wanted to thank you guys at Ford Performance for making the install so easy with the Controls Pack. It was literally plug-and-play, and it has never not started and has run perfectly for me in over 1,000 miles of break-in driving. With the EcoBoost, I have driven this car more in the past three months than I ever did in the first six years of ownership. I even just drove it 160 miles round-trip in 95-degree heat to the IMSA Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock, where I saw the Ford GTs come in 1st and 3rd!

“Thanks to you guys I can daily drive a car that is reliable, clean (the downpipe has a cat), and performs amazingly well. This car only weighs about 2,800 pounds so the performance is brisk to say the least. And, since the Merkur had A/C and the Controls Pack is wired for it, I can add it without too much trouble. I really love this car now and actually think about driving it when I'm not – and that never happened before! Check out my photos. I also made some videos and posted them on YouTube if you’d like to watch them. (My channel is "ecoboostmerkur2.0". Thanks again for all you guys do!”



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