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I don't want to use a cvh, I want to use a duratec 25. Waht I am wondering is if the case dimension is compatible with the escort engine bay, or even better, more or less direct swap.
 

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Eh, the Duratec would be a very tight fit. It's a large bore, short-stroke engine, which makes the block longer than the CVH. The MTX-75 is about the same size as an MTX-3, so that shouldn't be a problem.

I personally prefer iron over aluminum...they will always last longer.
 

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I always wondered if the MTX75 from a Zetec would bolt up to a CVH. If a Zetec can bolt up a MTX3 why can we go the other way. I know the starter is in a different location but putting a notch into the block for the starter wouldn't be to hard.
 

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Think Contour with a Zetec e. I believe that it would bolt right up to the mtx 3 transaxle. I doubt there are two bolt patterns for the early mtx 75 transaxles, so my guess is the v6 uses the same pattern. I may try and get out to the jy to confirm this in the near future.
 

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The Zetec from a ZX2 bolts up to a 1st gen MTX. The Zetec that bolts to the MTX-75 is out of a Focus.
I don't remember what Randy960 used on his GT-Z but I'm guessing it wasn't from a Focus based on what your saying. After I got my BC gearbox I wished I had spent more time looking into the MTX75 because I have seen a number of UK guys dump the BC for the MTX75. If I ever get my BC box in a car and break it I will go the MTX75 route.
 

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The UK MTX-75 might work...not really sure on that one as I've never encountered it. That makes me think if an earlier Contour came with one, then it might fit a 1st gen. I know the ZX2 Escort did not come with a 75.
 

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I think they're the same engines, but a manual from a contour, I'm thinking, may be a 75, which would work in our cars. I'll eventually get to a junk yard and check things to see if they actually fit.

Bingo: confirmed on Wikipedia (usually is pretty accurate on these things). The manuals from a Contour indeed are the MTX-75...and those engines have the same bolt pattern as the ZX2 Zetec...which means we might be able to get a stronger trans that will take more abuse. Now I really want to get to a junk yard and see what we can cook up. I'm thinking axles wouldn't be much of an issue, either.
 

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So... bad (ish) news. The 2.5 six uses a radically different bolt pattern than our transaxles, so bolting one up to a duratec V6 is almost out of the question. I am currently looking at drafting up and adaptor plate, but that will take awhile. I have heard of people who have swapped in a SHO engine into a Tempo, does anyone know if this is more than a rumor? I believe that I may be able to get some useful info if I can get ahold of someone who has one of those.
 

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I have seen pics of an SHO Tempo, although the guy basically took the engine/tranny/axles/suspension/brakes out of it, and shoehorned them into the Tempo. It's on www.tempotopaz.com. The user name is Olympic.
 

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He used the Tempo powertrain, and it's pretty much a direct swap, except it's not much faster due to a lot more weight. You'd also need the Tempo's front suspension and swaybar. It uses the MTX-4, which has the same internals as the MTX-3, but a stronger casing.
 
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