Burt, you've brought new light to the subject. This is a good thing, because as JR has said, it's been discussed over and over, but nobody has done anything about it. Why? Because most of the people that discussed it (and don't take this offensively people!) are younger guys that don't have the time, resources, knowledge of the subject, or fabrication skills. Many have not understood that just because you can have a custom y-pipe made with a turbo mount, and slap something together, that it may not work all that well.
Now, here's what I propose, based on your ideas Burt:
-We put together a team of people who are knowledgable areas we need them to be in. Off the top of my head:
-Fabricator (I volunteer)
-Turbo knowledgable person (or someone willing to do the research)
-Donor car (I don't have a Duratec)
-Tuner (Doug Lewis, at Ford Performance Specialists in GA, comes to mind)
-A group of people willing to invest the cash required on the donor car
With this team, I think that we can accomplish great things. I know the knowledge base exists on this site, we just need to corral all the people together. I also know of a wrecked Duratec that may make a good donor car for this project. It's totalled, and a front end hit, but it will work for purposes of fabricating parts up.
Here's a list of things that come to mind that we'd need to do:
-Relocate the battery to the trunk to gain the space needed for the turbo/piping
-Figure out what type/size of turbo we'd need (anyone have any ideas?). IMO, max boost with a stock Duratec should be limited to around 6 PSI
. Perhaps we could eventually go a little higher, using water induction to cool the intake charge and keep combustion chamber temperatures sane.
-Fabricate a new y-pipe, or modify the existing one, to accept a turbo mounting plate. I can handle this, as long as we have a donor car that can sit at my place for the time it takes to get this done. I would plan on at least 6 months, since my time is so limited at the garage.
-Figure out what size injectors we'd need to run
-Figure out if the stock fuel pump is going to need to be upgraded
-Find someone that's willing to do the tuning on whatever car this ends up on. As I said, the donor car I have in mind is totalled, so we could make the system on that car, then bolt it onto a good car. Hopefully we don't blow stuff up.
When it comes down to it, if we're armed with the information we need, it's a relatively easy thing to do. I make stuff fit onto stuff that it was never intended to at work all the time, this is no different.
So, I'm throwing down the challenge. I'm sick of hearing about how nobody ever tries this. It's because whomever wants to try it is not getting the support they need. Let's give it to them!