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Engine year?

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  1. lightning

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    I have a '94 Escort LX, but a tracer motor was swapped in before I bought it.
    It is a 1.9, but uses a square tooth timing belt. (it broke so I had to replace it once already)
    Is there a way to tell what year it is? Is anything stamped on the block?

    Thanks,
    Lightning :eek:
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    That would indicate a 1991 engine (or less likely, just using 1991 timing belt gears). They changed to the round-tooth belt part-way through the year. According to the stamp in the engine bay, my car rolled off the line in 03/1991, and it still has the square-tooth belt.

    As far as finding a date-code stamped on the block, I believe there is one but have no clue where it is. I think there's a thread on here somewhere about that... Maybe someone else can give you a quicker answer.
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    Look for Ford part numbers on either the block or head. Ford has a GREAT numbering system in place for parts and figuring out years and applications. The first digit will be a letter indicating decade C=60's, D=70's, E=80's, F=90's. The second digit will indicate the year within that decade. F4 will indicate 1994. The next 2 digits will indicate the car and line.

    I'm more familiar with '60s Mustang parts. C9ZZ-xxxxx will indicate a part for a 1969 Mustang, so all parts on a '69 will start with C9. The part could also be for other lines, so the Z (Mustang) may not always be in place, if it fits other cars. The next batch of numbers indicates the actual part which remains the same. In other words a block number will be the same (where I have the xxxx's in C9ZZ-xxxxx) for all Ford cars. The Escort having the Mazda engine in it and being based on a Mazda platform kind of screw up the numbering system a bit, especially in a GT. But since the 1.9 is a Ford engine, you should be able to tell.
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    Oh, almost forgot. If a part didn't change going into the next year, the part number (Or casting numbering) didn't change, so a '69 Mustang COULD have C8 part numbers on it. Just like a 94 could have '93 items. But with emissions and safety requirements today, you don't see that a whole lot like you did years ago. But I'm sure you figure out what year your engine is with this information.
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    where on the head or block would it be?
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    I don't know, go look for numbers. Can't be that hard to look around.
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    I found this on the back/intake side of the head:
    RFFOEER7A
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    anyone???
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    not the number you need. it should start with an F, or, if it happens to be an older number than that, it could be a E7, maybe E9 something like that. The head I just bought is an E3. I love the ford date codes, so simple!
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    Man, I thought I had a pretty good explanation in how to read numbers on Ford items. That should have given you a big clue what to look for. Read my post above and go look for numbers like I explained them.
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    Yeah I understood what you meant but that was the only number I found when I looked. Sry
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    Well, if you can't find those kind of numbers, aside from us coming to your house and looking for you, it's hard to tell you what year engine you have.

    Hope you understand that. It may not be easy, but if you really want to know what year engine you have there, you'll try harder.
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    I have also had my engine replaced and was wondering the same thing. I will be looking in the engine block, but I did find these letters and numbers on the cylinder head:
    RFFOEE-B7A

    [​IMG]

    But those numbers were used from 1991-1996, so that doesn't help.
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    11 years, a record. Good one there lol. Locked.
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