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My first project is my 1994 Mercury tracer. I was looking around when i noticed that Escorts and Tracers are damn near the same thing, But couldnt find any performance upgrades for it....

Just wanted to know a few things first, does anyone know of any engines that will fit in a 1994 escort?
I was told that a Taurus would fit with some minor mods, and was wondering if that was a good path to take...

Also, If anyone can PM me some really good sites for escorts on parts, etc... that would be great, Much appreciated with your help :D
 

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Go see in the link button at the top left. And use the search button :p

2 choice for the engine: 1.8bpt and the 1.8bp of the escort GT.
The 1.8 bpt come from a mazda with about 180 and a turbo.
The 1.8 from the GT is about the same engine, but with lower compression. so you can start from there to put a turbo etc
 

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SyStEmDw said:
Go see in the link button at the top left. And use the search button :p

2 choice for the engine: 1.8bpt and the 1.8bp of the escort GT.
The 1.8 bpt come from a mazda with about 180 and a turbo.
The 1.8 from the GT is about the same engine, but with lower compression. so you can start from there to put a turbo etc
ok, i was looking at the BPT from http://www.osakajdmmotors.com/other/bpturbo/index.html, first of all, is this even the right engine? does this require me to mount it on? and is that a fair price? I am seriously thinking of putting it in my car... has anyone done the swap, or know someone who has?
 

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so looking at the bpt on that osaka motors website, it comes complete with an awd tranny..... so i could technically just take the tranny from my regular bp, and put it on the bp turbo right? cuz the stock tranny will handle like 400 hp or something like that right?
 

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You /could/ also swap a 2.0 SPI into your car, which is lighter than the third gen escorts so you'd see a significant (though not as much as a swap to the mazda engine) power gain. (I.E. be faster than the third gen the engine came out of, 'cause you're lighter... You'd feel it more.) From there you could turbo using an EXP or Escort GT Turbo manifold. You could also do this to your 1.9 but the 2.0 puts out more power to start with, and is an easier swap than the BP or BPT, where you need a lot of the parts off an Escort GT. I've been told that since you basically need an Escort GT as a parts car for the BPT swap, that you're better off just buying one and using that. Just pointing out something nobody mentioned. :\

Yes, you use your original tranny, the AWD will not fit without major mods to the bottom of your car which I don't think anybody's done so far.
 

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You /could/ also swap a 2.0 SPI into your car, which is lighter than the third gen escorts so you'd see a significant (though not as much as a swap to the mazda engine) power gain. (I.E. be faster than the third gen the engine came out of, 'cause you're lighter... You'd feel it more.) From there you could turbo using an EXP or Escort GT Turbo manifold. You could also do this to your 1.9 but the 2.0 puts out more power to start with, and is an easier swap than the BP or BPT, where you need a lot of the parts off an Escort GT. I've been told that since you basically need an Escort GT as a parts car for the BPT swap, that you're better off just buying one and using that. Just pointing out something nobody mentioned. :\

Yes, you use your original tranny, the AWD will not fit without major mods to the bottom of your car which I don't think anybody's done so far.
k gotcha
 

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coyote-x said:
You /could/ also swap a 2.0 SPI into your car, which is lighter than the third gen escorts so you'd see a significant (though not as much as a swap to the mazda engine) power gain. (I.E. be faster than the third gen the engine came out of, 'cause you're lighter... You'd feel it more.) From there you could turbo using an EXP or Escort GT Turbo manifold. You could also do this to your 1.9 but the 2.0 puts out more power to start with, and is an easier swap than the BP or BPT, where you need a lot of the parts off an Escort GT. I've been told that since you basically need an Escort GT as a parts car for the BPT swap, that you're better off just buying one and using that. Just pointing out something nobody mentioned. :\

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mmmm, damn, well, I have been browsing around and its even harder to find an escort gt motor for sale, so might anyone know what parts off of the GT I need to Swap the BPT ?
 

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the tranny and you will need the lower crossmember and then you will have to make custom motor mounts(given that you have a 1.9L)
 

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SyStEmDw said:
Go see in the link button at the top left. And use the search button :p

2 choice for the engine: 1.8bpt and the 1.8bp of the escort GT.
The 1.8 bpt come from a mazda with about 180 and a turbo.
The 1.8 from the GT is about the same engine, but with lower compression. so you can start from there to put a turbo etc
ok, i was looking at the BPT from http://www.osakajdmmotors.com/other/bpturbo/index.html, first of all, is this even the right engine? does this require me to mount it on? and is that a fair price? I am seriously thinking of putting it in my car... has anyone done the swap, or know someone who has?
just one thing.. never buy from osaka... but yes that looks like a GTX.
 

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cuz the stock tranny will handle like 400 hp or something like that right?
HAHAHAHAHA

i am bone stock right now and am on my 3rd tranny in the year an a half ive had the car... basically yes im sure it could handle it but how long? the answer is not very long. im pretty sure you should plan to have an extra tranny to drop in the day after you track it because they dont really like launches... not to mention with 400 hp you would need some killer slicks to keep hold and alot of hp/torque+slicks= broken tranny in no time at all.

i know you werent planning on building it to 400 hp im just saying that well basically out cars could handle 3500 hp its just how hard you drive it... if your slaming gears yes you can count on the tranny dying the day you get it out but if you drive like a grandpa you may have a week or so :)
 

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the lower front to back cross member is the same for all stick, incuding zx2 and 3rd gens, and 1.9 and 1.8 plus all the motor mounts for manual on all models are the same there to.
 

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xPhantomTracerx said:
My first project is my 1994 Mercury tracer. I was looking around when i noticed that Escorts and Tracers are damn near the same thing, But couldnt find any performance upgrades for it....

Just wanted to know a few things first, does anyone know of any engines that will fit in a 1994 escort?
I was told that a Taurus would fit with some minor mods, and was wondering if that was a good path to take...

Also, If anyone can PM me some really good sites for escorts on parts, etc... that would be great, Much appreciated with your help :D
Taurus motor won't fit without some serious modifications. If you have a 1.9L in you Tracer the easiest swap is the SPI. I've got the SPI in my 93 and it moves pretty good. If you want a v6 in your Tracer and are prepared to do a lot of work, you can throw in either a 1.8L V6 from a MX3 a 2.5L V6 from a Probe or either of their J-spec versions that have far more power then ours.
 

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the lower front to back cross member is the same for all stick, incuding zx2 and 3rd gens, and 1.9 and 1.8 plus all the motor mounts for manual on all models are the same there to.
is this accurate? From what i'm understanding is that my '95 escort lx, 5 speed manual would be easily adapted to a bpt or am I misreading and letting my hopes up? lol
 

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reading down this post, I was gonna post the same remark... you don't need to change the crossmember... and half the engine mounts are the same also... I've done myself an LX to GTX swap... and I've noticed, sadly enough, that a lot of false information is being vehiculated on this site about this swap... everywhere I go I see wrong info... maybe some of you should ask the people who've actually done it...

if you absolutely want to keep your tracer or escort LX, you'll wanna find a donner GT in a scrap yard. Make sure you can get a tranny, flywheel, top tranny mount, lower front engine mount, gauge cluster (unless you already have the one with RPM), radiator hoses, axles and halfshaft, coolant tank, windshield washer tank, brake booster hose, clutch slave cylinder, and first and foremost (very very important) all the wiring inside and out (3 harnesses) from the engine bay and dash board... they have to be in perfect uncut condition all the way. You can keep the harness running from the dash fuse panel to the rear of the car, those are the same in all escort/tracer models...

also, you might be interested in using the GTX ecu and VAF meter, in which case, you will need to get your hands on a GTX engine wire harness also... but you can use GT ecu, VAF and engine harness as well...

when using the GTX electronics, you will need to splice some wires from the ecu to your GT dash harness... in due time, I can tell you exactly which wires to splice, as I've kept notes of what I did.

NOW, trust me, I know this swap... I've done it, I've recently finished (2 weeks ago), I did it all on my own with help from practically nobody, and whatever help I did get was mostly all wrong... I want to help anyone who wants to do this swap not make the same mistakes... I've done my homework, I've studied the ford shop manual and electrical and vacuum troubleshooting manual for months, I've got diagrams coming out of my ears!! ;)

eventually, I will be posting a COMPLETE top to bottom how to on swapping a GTX in an LX... but I don'T have the time right now to sit down and write it... but I promise it will be very complete...

in the mean time, just PM me with questions and I WILL help...
 

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throttle body swap?

i have a 96 lx 1.9 will any other throttle body work on it, does anyone know where i can find a throttle body spacer??
 

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just do your own custom turbo.. or its either you can slap in a KLZE on it ..as for the bpt .. theyre damn hard to find for a reasonable price, plus yer not sure if the motor is good or bad ... i remember someone who bought a bpt from ebay, the seller said that the car has low miles and its been tested. but right when he got the motor it had a rodknock n lifters where bad. checked the oil it was all sludge... well good hunting ,you might get lucky n get a gtr
 
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