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1.6 '83 Escort, what's possible?

Discussion in 'Engine Swaps' started by AnalogLife, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. AnalogLife

    AnalogLife New Member

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    Hey all,

    I've been driving an '83 1.6L for a bit, didn't take much to get the original engine back in shape. Turns out I've got a cracked cylinder head now, and I'm looking at my options to give it some new life without putting another 80's 1.6 in it. It's a first half '83, 4-speed FWD. I see a lot of talk of zetec working natively on the GT trans, just wondering if it's worth finding and cannibalizing a GT to put some more power in it.
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    a 1.9 HO head should fit on a 1.6l. But I would keep it a 1.6l and import a cam from the UK and UK 1.3l pistons if you want power. The 1.3l pistons will have more compression, you can put a webber carb on it to if its a carbbed car. like the 38 outlaw or 32/36 but its not a drop in carb, you will need to drill out the bolts holes in the carb for it to line up with the manifold.
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    Did the 1st gens come with MK motors because if they did you will have a host of go fast parts to bolt onto that engine although I'm not sure what it would cost to get them over here.

    John
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    the US 1.6l is very similar to the UK 1.6l, some parts can be used wile others can't be used.
    Cams are know to work from what I seen and I believe pistons too. Not sure about intake parts like dual webber manifolds.
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    Too bad. The 1.6's with velocity stacks look sweet!

    John
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    So I recently found a clean '97 escort with the 2.0L, 5 speed for super cheap, as it was totaled in the rear. Engine's got low miles, any ideas on how difficult that might be to convert?
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    Convert to what? Most people(me included) swap in Zetec engines from ZX2's for 3rd gens('98 - '03). From what I just found out your '97 has the old style fuel return system whereas the 3rd gens have returnless but you can swap out the fuel rail and make it work.

    John
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    My bad for not clarifying, I'm wondering how hard it would be to completely redo the 1st gen with the 97 engine and trans. My exhaust and fuel tank on the 83 are near the end of their lives as it is, so I'm not opposed to doing those all new too.

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