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It's been quite a while since I've posted some pics, so I figured I'd give a ;little update. As you can see, Neuman and I were quite busy friday night and saturday.

Say bye bye good 'ole 1.9.


What's that?


Ah, it's a 4000 mile '01 SPI!


New Exedy clutch and 3.8 TB installed.


The easiest way to drain coolant- Shop Vac.


Out with the old...


Super-Cleaned engine bay.


Custom EGR blockoff made by Neuman.


Underdrive pulley and ricey yellow breather filter installed.


...In with the new!


All ready to go :)


Used the EGT brake booster vacuum line.


All together it took us about 13 hours to do the entire swap. It started up right away (after I reconnected the fuel pump at least lol). I'd like to again thank Neuman for all the help and the use of his garage and his buddy's engine hoist.
Here's the overall list of the swappage:
-'01 SPI with only 4k miles- $525 shipped
-Exedy OEM clutch- $115 shipped
-New intake (not yet installed)- $35 shipped
-New radiator hoses, hose clamps, vac lines, oil, trans fluid, and coolant- $75
 

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Looks like you guys had alot of fun. Damn i wish i lived up there sometimes. You guys have all the fun lol. And the car is looking sweet as always.
 

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Looks sweet Mike. Super clean, well executed. Just the way I like it :)

Sucks how it's still FWD though... now that I own an RX-7 after driving an escort for a couple years... all I have to say is that oversteer is a beautiful thing. It's a shame that we get so many people on these boards whining about turbos and I've seen ONE person (545hpEGT) actually try a FWD-->RWD conversion. If somebody even just made a n/a 1.8L BP conversion to RWD.... damn. The escort would actually be a pretty slick platform.
 

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Lovely, that bay is shining and the engine looks right at home. That's how things ought to be done, planned and carried out with nothing but precision.

And on the RWD conversion topic... I was wondering if the Focus Kit for the RWD/Mustang Engine swap could be used to make the Escort a RWD car, aren't the dimensions pretty similar in regards to width? And what about throwing in a Miata rearend and such? I'm sure either one could be done, but which do you think would work better. I personally think the Ford Racing kit owuld be better, but I'm not sure how it would mesh up if you kept the 1.8 in there and re-mounted everything. Ah how I long to have the time, money, and tools to attempt something of that magnitude...
 

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good times for sure! things went really smooth few little snags but nothing that a few minutes and stepping back to figure it all out couldn't help. can't wait to see that thing tracked. should be quick.

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siragan said:
If somebody even just made a n/a 1.8L BP conversion to RWD.... damn. The escort would actually be a pretty slick platform.
i guess i can say its the thought that counts. for our 130 hp cars (on a good day right out of the show room) we would loose so much hp throught rwd drive train we would probably be down around 90 hp being beat out in a good race by a 1.9 (ugh) just so we can do cookies and power slides :) i would rather my fwd run a mid low 16 than spent the money and time to convert to rwd only to be lucky to run a low 17.

i heard the sti is only runnin like 190 to the wheels out of 300 ponies 110 are lost now add 55 hp (running only rwd) and your still down 55 and not only that but the most hp is lost throught the rwd drive train so my 50/50 argument is still off
 

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Thanks everyone. It's running pretty good right now, except for a leaking heater core yet again (3rd time in a year). I'm getting an OEM one this time since I've had the same pipe cracking on all the ones I have replaced. Even with the SPI not yet functioning it still feels faster than the 1.9. Definitely revs smoother and quicker. My dad and I are making an SPI controller that will be fully adjustable as to the RPM and speed at which the butterflies open. Should be done in a week or two at most.
 

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i know im not mike but im online right now. hehehe

93+ ecu and maf
the gt brake line makes things neater on the firewall
97 fuel rail & injectors


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neuspeedescort said:
i know im not mike but im online right now. hehehe

93+ ecu and maf
the gt brake line makes things neater on the firewall
97 fuel rail & injectors

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well i have a 95 so the ECU/Maf shouldn't be the problem. Why did you use a 93 egt brake line. why not put the vacumn line into the intake manifold like it was on the 1.9L

My SPI is from a 97 so the fuel rail/injectors would not be a problem.

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Since I got an '01 SPI it has the vacuum hookups in different spots. It doesn't have the big one on top right after the TB, so we used the GT brake vacuum hookup to connect it to the large passenger side vacuum nipple. On your's you will be able to connect it right to the top of the manifold almost like it was on the 1.9. Everything went really smooth, just remember to be sure to tuck/zip-tie all wires and the fuel lines out of the way so nothing will get cut or pinched. My o2 sensor line almost got cut in half by the belt but I noticed it after it made it through just the loom lol. Also make sure to get the flywheel resurfaced if you're changing the clutch.
 

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Since I got an '01 SPI it has the vacuum hookups in different spots. It doesn't have the big one on top right after the TB, so we used the GT brake vacuum hookup to connect it to the large passenger side vacuum nipple. On your's you will be able to connect it right to the top of the manifold almost like it was on the 1.9. Everything went really smooth, just remember to be sure to tuck/zip-tie all wires and the fuel lines out of the way so nothing will get cut or pinched. My o2 sensor line almost got cut in half by the belt but I noticed it after it made it through just the loom lol. Also make sure to get the flywheel resurfaced if you're changing the clutch.
ok thanks

I'm getting the flywhgeel lightened :D
 

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Looks really good man. :lol: Nice work! Keep us posted with what kind of difference you noticc once you get the SPI controller hooked up.
 

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I was wondering if and when you were going to do this swap. I would have loved to come and lent a hand if I have known that you guys were doing it. I still have yet to hook up my SPI controler and it still pulls hard. BTW I am going to drill a hole in my EGR block off plate and tap it out so that I can thread my Boost/Vacuume gauge hose connection into it.
 

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Lookin good! So what are you using for your SPI controller? Just out of curiousity, since it doens't sound like one of the traditional options.
 

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So Fresh n So Clean!!!!! ey siragan what kind of rx7 u got? FD or FC?.. if FD i bet u love driving that at rainy days eh XD i did when i test drove my friends car XD donuts all day !!!!XD
 
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