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I have a 95 Escort Wagon in great condition with very low miles. The car is now in England.
In order to register it in England, they need the ENGINE NUMBER.... It has nothing to do with the VIN as others have suggested! It is a long number etched or forged into the engine in some strange place; it identifies my specific engine.
My mechanic is not too interesed in searching for it, and I can´t find it, but it is like finding a needle in the proverbial haystack.
Can anyone tell me how to find this number so that I can register the car in England?
Thanks in advance,
Gary
 

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The only number I know of on the engine is the cast number which would be the same for most the engines in the 2nd gen Escorts of a certain year, which is I believe on the side of the block where the PCV tube comes out of the block (the side facing the front of the car when in vehicle), but thats for the American Escorts with the 1.9L, not sure for the European Escorts which is 1.6L I think?
but should give you an idea what to look for
 

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The only number I know of on the engine is the cast number which would be the same for majority of the engines in the 2nd gen Escorts, which is I believe on the side of the block where the PCV tube comes out of the block (the side facing the front of the car when in vehicle), but thats for the American Escorts with the 1.9L, not sure for the European Escorts which is 1.6L I think?
but should give you an idea what to look for
Thanks for your reply but this cannot be the Engine # since you say it doesn´t identify a UNIQUE engine. All cars have an engine #. This is an American car that is now in England, but I can´t register it here without this engine #.
 

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the cast number is the only number I can find on the engine, its specific to a few cars actually not whole generations (I forgot Ford's weird casting number system) only a handful of cars will have the exact number
the first 4 digits/ letters indicate Decade, year in decade, car line, engineer group. the next 4 is part number, the last letters are revisions.
Example mine is F6AE-6025-AB - F = 1990s, 6 = 1996, A = Ford, E = Engine Group, 6025 = Engine block part Number, AB = Revised 28 times (It took them more then 27 times to fix issues :banghead:)

but im not familiar with what your country would consider an Engine Number, but its the only number I can find on my engine block (currently rebuilding one)
 

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The place where I found a number, was on the end of the engine block that faces the transmission. It may be very hard to spot because the thermostat housing and the rubber coolant hoses are in the way. Even with the engine out of the car and on my workbench, I had to scrub the area with a mild abrasive (chrome polish) to be able to see the numbers under there. The numbers are in the form of an array of tiny dots, not something made with a stamping die. And I dont have any idea if it was a unique number or not. There are numbers on the timing belt cover, on white labels.

I had to provide a "VIN" to get a title for a 1929 Sterling chain driven truck I had. The frame on the side of the engine facing the curb was where lots of numbers had been stamped. I got to pick one of them - which may not have meant anything, but they accepted it. They also insisted on knowing the mileage on the truck. But in 1929 trucks in America didnt come with speedometers. After talking with 2 levels of supervisors at the DMV, they finally to put down "unknown" for the mileage.
 

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The place where I found a number, was on the end of the engine block that faces the transmission. It may be very hard to spot because the thermostat housing and the rubber coolant hoses are in the way. Even with the engine out of the car and on my workbench, I had to scrub the area with a mild abrasive (chrome polish) to be able to see the numbers under there. The numbers are in the form of an array of tiny dots, not something made with a stamping die. And I dont have any idea if it was a unique number or not. There are numbers on the timing belt cover, on white labels.

I had to provide a "VIN" to get a title for a 1929 Sterling chain driven truck I had. The frame on the side of the engine facing the curb was where lots of numbers had been stamped. I got to pick one of them - which may not have meant anything, but they accepted it. They also insisted on knowing the mileage on the truck. But in 1929 trucks in America didnt come with speedometers. After talking with 2 levels of supervisors at the DMV, they finally to put down "unknown" for the mileage.
huh look at that, found what your talking about extremely hard to see if you have any rust or if you dont have it painted, mine is slightly hiding behind the flex plate so it might be hard to see with the trans in the car depending on where they decided to stamp it
 

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Hey, I don't know if you've find the number already but I've been in the same situation. Happens that the number is very close to the transmission and has to be checked being under the car looking up to the engine.

I don't have a picture of it but it matches the chassi number found on the under the windshield in that small plate.

Hope this helps
 

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Hey, I don't know if you've find the number already but I've been in the same situation. Happens that the number is very close to the transmission and has to be checked being under the car looking up to the engine.

I don't have a picture of it but it matches the chassi number found on the under the windshield in that small plate.

Hope this helps
Hi you could upload a photo or more details? I was few hours searching on my ford escort 94 and i don't see anything... only the cast number and the date number, also on the thermostat housing that have a 5 digit number but doesn't fit with the last vin number
 

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Hi you could upload a photo or more details? I was few hours searching on my ford escort 94 and i don't see anything... only the cast number and the date number, also on the thermostat housing that have a 5 digit number but doesn't fit with the last vin number
this post is 6 years old. look at the previously posted pictures for the location of the casting numbers. the numbers are simply a part number, and date.. they have no correlation with the VIN, thats a thing of the past.
 

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After a few hours of checking, I found the Engine Serial Number / ESN (Número de Motor) which is the same last 7 digits of the Vin number, sometimes you need that to keep legal your car out of the Us. The location is down of the input of the coolant pump (on the red circle), if you get down of the passenger side and see up in the motor you will see the unique number on the motor.

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very interesting, I do not recall ever seeing that on any of my engines. I will check my block I have in the garage tomorow. Thanks for posting that information.
 

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this is interesting, I just checked both of the engine blocks I have here, and neither of them have that casting number. maybe countries other than the US have this feature.
 

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this is interesting, I just checked both of the engine blocks I have here, and neither of them have that casting number. maybe countries other than the US have this feature.
That is weird, but on the sticker of the door under the VIN said: "Type: U.S Cert void-export" and normally is: "TYPE: PASSENGER" my motor is a ford escort station wagon 1994 sefi 1.9L Us.
 
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