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I understand I wish I could find a wrecked one. I'll definitely get one or more down the road if I find any. Cars here are not as plentiful as big cities especially Cali. I Know Cali has a big selection but that's 1,800 Miles from me now. I can tell you definitely know what your talking about that makes me feel even better about starting my swap I'll remember about the flywheel to I'm glad you mentioned that I didn't know they were different I'm not gonna pull the head off but if I had your experience I probably would some day I'll be there I've done alot of stock to stock motor swaps only. Everytime I've had a vehicle with a blown head gasket or any other major problems I just swap the whole motor it's worked out so far but again I really appreciate the info
Your wagon is sick bro does it have a zetec zx2 under the hood or ?
 

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Ok so I didn't make it out to the junk yard today it was pouring rain and had to work late anyway I was thinking about it today at work and I remember reading this bit on the first page about the hybrid Hybrid

The question of putting an SPI top end on a 1.9 Bottom end has be discussed, and tried. The net result is a better flowing head with a drastic drop in static compression due to the 1.9 being flat top piston and the 2.0 being domed. This is great for high boost turbocharging, but not suitable for naturally aspirated systems. So it's been done I'm wondering how it was done I remember Reading a bit that said an rpm controller had to be added to make up or run the dual ports something like that ok well in my shoes I would like to know why can't I use the 1.9 block and head only just swap those two items together in my 99 escort wagon se spi 2.0 engine bay take out the 2.0 head and block only so I would use everything stock except the 1.9 block and head can this be bolted in and run or is there a ton of sensor's on the new obd 2 setup that won't let the 1.9 run or will the manifolds not bolt up if that's the case how was the 2.0 head ran on the 1.9 2nd gen if I had time right now I'd just try it to see what happens lol because I own a few 2nd gen escorts and tracer's also just time is the main issue right now just need to get the new 3rd gen up and running ASAP as cheap as possible of course and reliable to don't want another stock 2.0 single spi motor unless the valve seats won't drop out of course somehow LoL
 

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Zetec swap or build the hybrid that Mark(Diabloscort) built for his sedan. There's a thread he started in the engine swaps section that details what he did.

Essentially he swapped out a 2.0 SPI head for a first gen GT HO head and bolted it to the 2.0 bottom end. Doing this or any other hybrid will force you to use a standalone ECU like a Megasquirt.

My suggestion would be to swap in the Zetec and swap out the stock computer for an S/R computer. The fuel maps and other specs are more performance oriented on that and it's from the factory. This would be the easiest and cheapest way to do this. PM me if your interested in obtaining an S/R ECU and I'll quote you a price.

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the zetec swap is so easy the only things i changed for the zetec was the fuel filter bracket underhood wiring used my split port manual trans on my first swap the evap bracket from the zx2 on the fire wall it will run and drive but no ac I ended up modding a zx2 wiring harness and switching it out anything you need help with let me know i have done two of these swaps
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the zetec swap is so easy the only things i changed for the zetec was the fuel filter bracket underhood wiring used my split port manual trans on my first swap the evap bracket from the zx2 on the fire wall it will run and drive but no ac I ended up modding a zx2 wiring harness and switching it out anything you need help with let me know i have done two of these swaps View attachment 47910
I agree but I'm biased! LOL!

When I had the SPI/F4AE the car ran fine but that annoying vibration that the SPI's tend to have was getting on my nerves. I followed the Ford announce and it did reduce some of the vibration but there was still enough that the steering wheel would vibrate pretty hard.

When I swapped the Zetec it was like night and day. Ran smooth and without issue.

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No you are not correct it has all the mounting points of the zx2 engine the mount brackets accessories exc would have to be changed the only thing different between the escort and the focus regular zetec engine itself is the head and intake VCT non VCT heads they even have identical horsepower except for the zx2 sr
 

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This thread is written in an attempt to cut down on the amount of engine swap questions we get. Hopefully, this will get stickied. This is by NO stetch of the imagination a complete How to, nor did I intend for it to be. This is a simple outline for what is known to work, and what is known not to. Before posting another post about swapping __ into ___ chassis, read this thread first!!! Chances are Ive answered your question. If you post anyway before reading ALL of this thread, be prepared to get flamed!

Now, for starters, asking the question "What engine will swap into my ____ model year escort?" is a very stupid question…

ANY engine will work in ANY car, it's simply a matter of how much work you want to do, how deep your budget is, and how much fabrication skill you have.

Now, the BETTER question to ask is "What engine bolts in, or nearly bolts into my____ model year escort?"

The first part to answering this question is defining it. By nearly bolts in, or bolts in, I'm assuming that engine mounts do not have to be fabricated, that they can be swapped from another car, or that the factory mounts can be used.

The second part to defining this question is to realize there are three different escort generations:

Escort Generations:

1St Gen 1984-1990

2nd Gen 1991-1996

3rd Gen 1997-2004

Now, the First gen is 100% ford. The second and third generations are of Mazda chassis, and sometimes Mazda engine, making them between 50 and 100% Mazda.

Because of this fact, NO parts from the first gen are interchangeable with parts from the second and third generations.

Now, parts from the second gen ARE interchangeable with the third gen, and vice versa. Some swap more easily then others. Common sense says body panels are not easily swapped, but, chassis components are a direct bolt in.

Because the engine is a part of the chassis, this means that all the engines from the third and second gens WILL swap between the two generations.

HOWEVER, some swaps are more difficult then others, and some are illegal, such as taking a 1991 GT engine and sticking it into a 2003 ZX2 chassis. It is illegal to swap an older engine into a newer chassis.

Engines

First generation chassis


The engine from the first gen: turbo, 1.9, 1.9 HO will all swap through the different trim levels. Some take more work then others, and not being a 1st gen guy, I cant give exact details.

Also, the 3.0 V6, and the 2.3 turbo engines have been known to fit into the first gen chassis, but are more work. They involve some motor mount fabrication, oil pan modification, but they do BOLT UP to the stock transmission.

Second Generation Chassis

This is by far the most popular generation chassis. Three trim levels were built for this body:

Pony, LX

The pony and LX are the most common, accounting for over 90% of the cars built. They share the same 88 HP SOHC 1.9. This is NOT the same engine as the first gen. There are major engine management differences the prohibit this engine from interchanging with the first gen, and vice versa. This engine is 100% ford, and is called the CVH engine. IT has a large following in Europe, and most of their performance parts for their engines (parts such as turbo manifolds) will bolt directly to our engines with a few minor differences.

The Third generation has a variation of this engine also, the SPI engine. SPI stands for "Split Port Induction" this is due to its split, dual runner intake manifold system, and other details that net it 110 HP. This engine WILL BOLT into a second generation, with a few minor details.

These details are: There has to be an RPM controller for the split ports, and the clutch and flywheel have to be 1.9L to use a 1.9 Tranny. If using a 2.0 tranny, the clutch, flywheel, and axles have to be from a 2.0 car. For more information, see:

http://www.feoa.net/modules.php?name=Fo ... pic&t=7480

Hybrid

The question of putting an SPI top end on a 1.9 Bottom end has be discussed, and tried. The net result is a better flowing head with a drastic drop in static compression due to the 1.9 being flat top piston and the 2.0 being domed. This is great for high boost turbocharging, but not suitable for naturally aspirated systems.

The GT engine will also swap into a Pony or LX, but the entire driveline, all the way to the hubs has to be swapped also, and the wiring harness also has to be swapped from LX to GT. Basically, take an entire GT parts car, and then anything that does not look the same as an LX has to be swapped. This swap is intensive, and finding a running GT car would be much simpler and probably more cost effective.

Other possible swaps are the 2.0 Zetec from a 3rd gen, but this swap is also extremely labor intensive, and the person performing the swap must have intimate knowledge of the process. It has been done, but only a few times.

THE ZETEC FROM THE FOCUS IS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT BLOCK AND WILL NOT BOLT INTO AN ESCORT!!!!!!

GT


The GT variation of the second gen uses a Mazda 1.8 DOHC engine. This makes the car 100% Mazda. Because of this fact, Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) engines will BOLT IN in its place.

A popular swap is the JDM GTX engine. It is a turbocharged version of the 1.8 DOHC that comes in the GT. It bolts right in, and the ECU can be swapped with a Japanese BP26 ecu to make the engine run properly.

Another engine is the GTR engine. Same engine, only on steroids. These engines are rare, and expensive, and require standalone engine management to run properly. The bottom end (rods, crank pistons) are forged, allowing it to withstand larger power levels. The GTX makes approximately 180 hp, and the GTR 220. These numbers are for stock output, and can be increased quite a bit.

Other Second gen swaps

Any engine can be put into the second gen, however these swaps listed are the most common swaps. Other swaps are: JDM 2.5L KLZE V6, and the probe V6.

The KLZE is the same engine as the probe engine, only higher output. This swap is intensive, and requires a V6 MX3 parts car, and possibly a probe V6 parts car to be done correctly.

Other contemplated swaps are: contour SVT, UK Cosworth Escort, Probe 4 cyl, Taurus V6.
To my knowledge, none of these swaps have been attempted/ completed.

Third Generation

Let me start this off by saying:

THE ZETEC FROM THE FOCUS IS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT BLOCK AND WILL NOT BOLT INTO AN ESCORT!!!!!!

Now, the ESCORT Zetec will bolt in place of the 2.0 SPI, but like the LX-GT swap, a wole parts car is advisable.

A GT engine from a second gen will work given a parts car, and enough effort, but will not be road legal due to putting an older engine into a newer chassis.
Not a correction but and addition—————-Everyone always overlooks the 1st gen diesels- they are actually a Mazda 2.0rf. They swap right in but require the manual trans so if swapping in an auto your in it for a few 30packs of coors but that dog will hunt.
 

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This thread is written in an attempt to cut down on the amount of engine swap questions we get. Hopefully, this will get stickied. This is by NO stetch of the imagination a complete How to, nor did I intend for it to be. This is a simple outline for what is known to work, and what is known not to. Before posting another post about swapping __ into ___ chassis, read this thread first!!! Chances are Ive answered your question. If you post anyway before reading ALL of this thread, be prepared to get flamed!

Now, for starters, asking the question "What engine will swap into my ____ model year escort?" is a very stupid question…

ANY engine will work in ANY car, it's simply a matter of how much work you want to do, how deep your budget is, and how much fabrication skill you have.

Now, the BETTER question to ask is "What engine bolts in, or nearly bolts into my____ model year escort?"

The first part to answering this question is defining it. By nearly bolts in, or bolts in, I'm assuming that engine mounts do not have to be fabricated, that they can be swapped from another car, or that the factory mounts can be used.

The second part to defining this question is to realize there are three different escort generations:

Escort Generations:

1St Gen 1984-1990

2nd Gen 1991-1996

3rd Gen 1997-2004

Now, the First gen is 100% ford. The second and third generations are of Mazda chassis, and sometimes Mazda engine, making them between 50 and 100% Mazda.

Because of this fact, NO parts from the first gen are interchangeable with parts from the second and third generations.

Now, parts from the second gen ARE interchangeable with the third gen, and vice versa. Some swap more easily then others. Common sense says body panels are not easily swapped, but, chassis components are a direct bolt in.

Because the engine is a part of the chassis, this means that all the engines from the third and second gens WILL swap between the two generations.

HOWEVER, some swaps are more difficult then others, and some are illegal, such as taking a 1991 GT engine and sticking it into a 2003 ZX2 chassis. It is illegal to swap an older engine into a newer chassis.

Engines

First generation chassis


The engine from the first gen: turbo, 1.9, 1.9 HO will all swap through the different trim levels. Some take more work then others, and not being a 1st gen guy, I cant give exact details.

Also, the 3.0 V6, and the 2.3 turbo engines have been known to fit into the first gen chassis, but are more work. They involve some motor mount fabrication, oil pan modification, but they do BOLT UP to the stock transmission.

Second Generation Chassis

This is by far the most popular generation chassis. Three trim levels were built for this body:

Pony, LX

The pony and LX are the most common, accounting for over 90% of the cars built. They share the same 88 HP SOHC 1.9. This is NOT the same engine as the first gen. There are major engine management differences the prohibit this engine from interchanging with the first gen, and vice versa. This engine is 100% ford, and is called the CVH engine. IT has a large following in Europe, and most of their performance parts for their engines (parts such as turbo manifolds) will bolt directly to our engines with a few minor differences.

The Third generation has a variation of this engine also, the SPI engine. SPI stands for "Split Port Induction" this is due to its split, dual runner intake manifold system, and other details that net it 110 HP. This engine WILL BOLT into a second generation, with a few minor details.

These details are: There has to be an RPM controller for the split ports, and the clutch and flywheel have to be 1.9L to use a 1.9 Tranny. If using a 2.0 tranny, the clutch, flywheel, and axles have to be from a 2.0 car. For more information, see:

http://www.feoa.net/modules.php?name=Fo ... pic&t=7480

Hybrid

The question of putting an SPI top end on a 1.9 Bottom end has be discussed, and tried. The net result is a better flowing head with a drastic drop in static compression due to the 1.9 being flat top piston and the 2.0 being domed. This is great for high boost turbocharging, but not suitable for naturally aspirated systems.

The GT engine will also swap into a Pony or LX, but the entire driveline, all the way to the hubs has to be swapped also, and the wiring harness also has to be swapped from LX to GT. Basically, take an entire GT parts car, and then anything that does not look the same as an LX has to be swapped. This swap is intensive, and finding a running GT car would be much simpler and probably more cost effective.

Other possible swaps are the 2.0 Zetec from a 3rd gen, but this swap is also extremely labor intensive, and the person performing the swap must have intimate knowledge of the process. It has been done, but only a few times.

THE ZETEC FROM THE FOCUS IS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT BLOCK AND WILL NOT BOLT INTO AN ESCORT!!!!!!

GT


The GT variation of the second gen uses a Mazda 1.8 DOHC engine. This makes the car 100% Mazda. Because of this fact, Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) engines will BOLT IN in its place.

A popular swap is the JDM GTX engine. It is a turbocharged version of the 1.8 DOHC that comes in the GT. It bolts right in, and the ECU can be swapped with a Japanese BP26 ecu to make the engine run properly.

Another engine is the GTR engine. Same engine, only on steroids. These engines are rare, and expensive, and require standalone engine management to run properly. The bottom end (rods, crank pistons) are forged, allowing it to withstand larger power levels. The GTX makes approximately 180 hp, and the GTR 220. These numbers are for stock output, and can be increased quite a bit.

Other Second gen swaps

Any engine can be put into the second gen, however these swaps listed are the most common swaps. Other swaps are: JDM 2.5L KLZE V6, and the probe V6.

The KLZE is the same engine as the probe engine, only higher output. This swap is intensive, and requires a V6 MX3 parts car, and possibly a probe V6 parts car to be done correctly.

Other contemplated swaps are: contour SVT, UK Cosworth Escort, Probe 4 cyl, Taurus V6.
To my knowledge, none of these swaps have been attempted/ completed.

Third Generation

Let me start this off by saying:

THE ZETEC FROM THE FOCUS IS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT BLOCK AND WILL NOT BOLT INTO AN ESCORT!!!!!!

Now, the ESCORT Zetec will bolt in place of the 2.0 SPI, but like the LX-GT swap, a wole parts car is advisable.

A GT engine from a second gen will work given a parts car, and enough effort, but will not be road legal due to putting an older engine into a newer chassis.
Are the gen 2 escort 1.8l and 1.9l engines interchangeable. I am trying to go from 1.9l to the 1.8l because it is a much more reasonably priced and easier to find option. the current engine got toasted by the previous owner and am just trying to get it on the road again.
 

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Are the gen 2 escort 1.8l and 1.9l engines interchangeable. I am trying to go from 1.9l to the 1.8l because it is a much more reasonably priced and easier to find option. the current engine got toasted by the previous owner and am just trying to get it on the road again.
No, they are not directly interchangeable. At the very least, the transmission, axles, and wiring harness would have to be swapped out. See the stickied "Escort LX to BP swap" thread.
 

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Are the gen 2 escort 1.8l and 1.9l engines interchangeable. I am trying to go from 1.9l to the 1.8l because it is a much more reasonably priced and easier to find option. the current engine got toasted by the previous owner and am just trying to get it on the road again.
2 completely different setups
 
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