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Another 1.6L 1985 GT Turbo Motor...Where to rebuild?

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  1. SpeedMafia

    SpeedMafia FEOA Member

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    So for my 1985 Ford Escort GT Turbo i wanted to rebuild the stock one with all forged...BUT i found this beauty to build while i keep the one that i have in till its ready to swop out. Anyone know a place in the USA that can build it like it was from the factory but with the latest and greatest parts? See image of the Turbo Motor... looks it was from an exp! woot!

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    Here is a little better pic! Also bump up that turbo size if i am going all fordged!

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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    I can't help on a place for the rebuild, but that is one rare motor.
    Not much if anything aftermarket is made for it here in the US and I'm not sure how much from the UK escorts will work with it. But if you ever want to sell anything from it let me know. I would not mind buying the manifolds.
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    When i get the old motor out i plan i selling it... so i will let you know... nothing wrong with the one in the car now... just want the new replacement to be forged with a bigger turbo.
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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    cool thanks. I'll take any escort trubo parts your getting rid of. PM when your ready to sell them!

    I'd love to take the whole motor but Colorado is a bit of a drive. So I'll likely just be willing to buy the manifolds and trubo and so on.
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    Actually, there's tons of 1.6 support in the UK and it's mostly turbo stuff. The only forged pistons I can find for the 1.6 over there is really low compression (7.5-8.0:1) for turbo models - which obviously works in your favor. Buy the rods here in the states to save a lot of money, some digging will find those pretty quick. But no one in North America seems to have any 1.6 pistons, however you can some times find NOS pistons on eBay - any EXP/Escort turbo pistons are forged at 8:1 compression and you can shave them even further if you'd like but not too much.....
    I'll be selling my factory 1.6 turbo exhaust manifold and pistons (if they're still good) this summer/fall. I scored a 1.9 last fall rebuilt entirely with NOS turbo parts, even with NOS turbocharger so that's getting some upgrades then I'll sell the remainder of my factory Turbo parts.

    If you can score an European Escort RS Turbo manifold you'll have a lot more turbo options and much better flow.

    You can also order any cam you desire, the 1.9s have so few options but there's dozens yet for the 1.6, some specifically aimed at turbo performance.

    Get yourself a better cam, intercooler, and oil cooler then say hello to 140+hp!

    I recommend eventually switching to a 1.9 bottom end to permanently avoid timing belt issues and a 20hp gain right there. Just remember to keep the 1.6 head for better cam options :)
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    Thank you yeah I think I'm having timing issues. Is it sputters under boost...I pulled timing got worse added timing it knocks? FUEL,AIR,SPARK TIMING...I got fuel, got air and spark but timing I'm fighting I believe. Smh
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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    Have you checked the icu? They are known to go bad and wack up timming.
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    no I totally didnt even to think about that? Should I rup all that shit off and go standalone?
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    Sure could, much better performance that way!

    But most stand-alones are around the $1,000-$2,000 area, not sure what your budget is but that's a lot of money. Good news is that definitely gets you over the 200hp mark!
    *with intercooler and better turbocharger*

    But you can buy the factory Turbo ECU off eBay still (but they aren't very reliable), if you want something better select years of the SVO, XR4TI, & Turbobird ECU swap right in for some better boost levels and generally better performance.

    EFI and Turbos aren't my strong suit so maybe someone could provide more details here
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    Ok you guys called it, so I was looking at stand alone and remembering the days or tuning and realized I had this trouble in a twin turbo on a corvette... so I thought??? Why is it knocking on boost at a certain rpm? Well as I expected...I added a turbosmart boost controller and the email was not programmed for the boost coming on so aggressive at a low rpm...fml. so I turned the boost controller all the way down and boom in shes running like it was 1985 right off the showroom floor. VE tables saw the tune correctly based on the 3bar map and boost to rpm...so now its time to hit up craigmoates and see if I can get tuning equipment from him for this little issue and program those tables at a lower rpm and get it to 12psi
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