I've seen other people do it too. The engine is too tall for the bay, so you have to drop the crossmember to get the engine mount to sit correctly... kindof a pain in the butt. Tons of other things to do too. Either way... it's all worth it for the exceptional handling in the end.
1500 pound car + 1499 pounds over the front wheels + tiny little brakes = AWESOME HANDLING
He have a dyno sheet, a little bit old, with the ugly manifold, running at 8lbs of boost: 210hp 200lbs of torque (near those number)
Now, he run at 16-18psi with his new ceramic coated manifold and all is tuned up. For what reason he cannot pusch his car to the max is that the tranny is from the aspire itself, not from a escort GT. And it's automatic.
does anyone know where i can get some technical info on how to do the swap? i am planning on doing the festiva/aspire swap or just out it into another escort. i am just sick of how bad the body on mine is
if you do this swap i have heard that you cna not use the BP tranny. do to the width of everything when assembled. you will have to use the 1.6L tranny. the bellhousings bolt up the same but you will have to remember to use the 1.6L flywheel and clutch.