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Hey, Anyone else running the 2.2L GL Diesel? My Future Project is going to be Swapping the Torquey diesel into a Lightweight 2Gen body, maybe slapping a turbo on it for power.

I got like 4 good running Diesels in storage, (my pappa's Choice motor for his `80's Escorts) and I got 2 with warped a warped head, good for parts.

When I get the project for the 2gen swap started, I'll let ya know something.
 

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They were 2.0L in 1st gens, not 2.2. Made by Toyo Kogyo (Mazda).

They made [email protected] rpm and 82 lb ft. @ 2400 rpm. Honestly, a 2.3 HSC from a tempo had a similar torque range. It made [email protected] rpm and 124 lb ft. @ 2200 rpm. A bit more horse and torque, coming in around the same rpm. I'd go for the 2.3 in terms of performance...and mileage isn't bad either, when tweaked. But the diesel would last at least as long as the 2.3, if not longer.
 

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I don't know what's different in the diesels. All I know is my papa's diesels were all special models that I've only seen on rare books. The only one I've seen is my Pappa's Chiltons from `90. It covered Escorts, Lynx, and Tempo, Topaz. The Diesel he has is the 68 hp Engine. It's a twin cam engine with a belt driven fuel timing something or other. maybe I'll take pictures of it, it's very cool.

Naw, I want to try and give the diesels more potential. noone tweaks a 4-cylinder Diesel. It might be cool to see one propane and water injected. or one turboed to hell!!!! I think I'm going to try and start moding a Diesel escort!
 

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I have a Chilton book that covers '82-'89 Escorts, Lynx, EXP, LN7, Tempo, and Topaz. Obviously the Tempo/Topaz wasn't around until '84, but that's a moot point. There is no 2.2L or 68 hp diesel listed for any of those cars. There is only the 52hp engine listed from '84 thru '87. Prior to '84 it was only the 1.6 since there was no Tempo with the 2.3..and the 1.9 wasn't around yet. I also have a Ford shop manual for '81 Escorts, and the diesel is not mentioned at any point in the books.

If I had a diesel, though, I'd look into a turbo for it (probably one from a 1.9L Jetta or Golf TDI) and maybe convert it to run on bio diesel, so I could get cheap (free) fuel from my local McD's. I already have a friend who does this with his '01 TDI Jetta. He said it didn't decrease fuel economy, either (56.7 mph average highway mpg measured over a 3200 mile trip across the continent).
 

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i dunno about trying to get better fuel Economy, I just wanna see if I can get the thing to have enough balls to get outa it's own way. God, they're slow! Common, don't you think it'd be pretty funny with a Tunered out Escort Diesel!
 

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I don't know what kind of power you're wanting, but turbocharging is the best option in terms of power increases. The compression ratio is good enough for it (22:1). Shouldn't have to worry about detonation (this is a joke).

And....if you did get it hopped up, and won against another car, you could always "fart" on them by flooring it momentarily, so it kicks out a lot of soot. I've seen this done on TDIs, they do it whenever they see another one on the road...something of an odd display, but whatever.
 

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yeah, I would definately have to figure a way to drop the compression down so i didn't shoot the head out the hood! Any ideas? Natrually, since it is a diesel, it's going to have a very high compression ratio. My pappa has been boasting for years he was going to Propane inject the things.

I dunno, I mean I just think it'd be kindda cool to see a diesel Escort pull 13's or something. My thoughts were to take one of the diesel motors +transmission and swap it into the newer, lighter frame, like a 2dr 94 or something. Turbo charge it for even more power, then see what it would do down the track 8) .
 

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I'd rather have a 2 door '81-'83...they were lighter than any 2nd gen, by quite a bit. Typical weight, as stock, was about 1800 pounds. Strip it down, and you have even less weight. I wouldn't be surprised if they weighed less than 1600 pounds without an interior, and half the other crap involved. And you wouldn't have to make mounts to fit, if a 1st gen was used.
But the diesel engine is a bit heavier than the CVH. I wouldn't worry about the head coming off, though. Even the stock bolts were pretty decent, but, if better ones can be found or adapted, it'd be better. I'd like to see what could be done, anyhow.
Keep an eye peeled for an early 1st gen, sealed beam headlights are the giveaway that it's early. Even an '84 is acceptable in terms of weight. But an '81 is the lightest.
 

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I know this is a old thread but yes I have a 2.0 escort diesel (84) bought it for $100 bucks was sittinf 10 years cause the starter was out ended up being a bad key switch connection... waiting for my diesel buddy to get time to help me put new timming belts on it ... and away I will go.. :eek:
 

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Sorry for not posting on my own thread, but make sure the battery has enough cold cranking amps. My uncle has had to replace his starter like 5 times cause he was too cheap to get a decent battery.

BTW, if your still watching this unexplodedcow, I've seen a couple of EXP shells floating around, never had the guts or the time to ask if they were gonna sell it. the Diesel project would be nice in one of those!
 
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