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I'm tiered if hearing all this crap about I think this will work or I think that might work. I don't have time to read all this B.S. PLEASE HELP ME OUT HERE.
I can do almost anything but I want as little work as possible (mainly fast)
I have a 90' Escort LX 1.9L CFI Slow as a rock, I want at least low 9's from this car with alot of work (Yes I understand that it is close to impossible) I want to maintain the 4cyl, want I need form the experts at this site is what is going to be my best bet to achieve this speed (I have T4 turbo waiting) I can custom the adapter, grinding, polishing, porting, boreing, ect. all can be done by me.
If possible leave list of best prospected motors.
I can make almost any car have 400hp. (did with pinto motor) what I need is the motor that will get me there as fast as possible.
also please leave any links to sites that contain info on said motor. thanks for your help guys.
BTW: don't give me shit as to use the CFI motor.
 

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... In only four months? Nobody's run 9's in an Escort before. Even with 400 hp I doubt you'd be able to. There's a guy on ERDT with a 545 hp GT, he was running 11's with big fatty slicks on his front wheels.
 

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2.0 SPI motor, completely built... 9:1 compression pistons, forged rods, a Cam with a huge lift... even though it's a SOHC i bet you could make the power, then a balanced and lightened crankshaft, new flywheel, clutch, beefed up 5/4 sp tranny...

But I'm with coyote here, even if you made the car like 1600 lbs, getting the thing to hook and actually get down teh track is another problem.
 

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NHRA tracks will not allow a car to weigh less then 1800 lbs. on top of that as soon as you hit the 11.999 and faster group you need a rollcage and many other things. the day a SOHC ford motor pulls 9's hell will have just froze over. the 2.0L SPI is a nice motor but lacks the breathing ability of a DOHC. be is 1.8L or 2.0L or 2.4L the only 9's you may see out of a 1990 escort is in the 1/8th mile if you are built. unless you swap to V8. i owned an 89lx and an 88gt i know of what i speak.

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James buys an Si and suddenly he's the expert... oh wait.. he's always been the expert. :D

I'd attach that T4 to a taurus motor and pray for a 200mph tail-wind.

Oh.. this is 9s in the 1/8 mile.. right?
 

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How about a chevrolet 350 and full RWD conversion?

If you're at the drag strip, who needs turbos abd 4-cyls?

DETROIT STEEL, holla
 

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Beaverboy said:
James buys an Si and suddenly he's the expert... oh wait.. he's always been the expert. :D
:? I hope thats some sort of weird Beav Joke.

I claim not to be an expert, I am not Tito...

... and I'm certainly no Greg. :wink:
 

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neuspeedescort said:
the day a SOHC ford motor pulls 9's hell will have just froze over.
The old Ford SOHC 2.3 Turbo (like SVO/Murk/T-bird) has done it a few times, with pinto's and even a Focus (RWD) body.

But a 9 second 1/4 from a FWD Escort is ridiculous, a 9 second 1/8 would be a great goal to shoot for.

The SPI swap would not be wise, it does not fit the 1st gen mounts. The 1.9 HO will have allmost the same power output.
Any thing over 300hp and I'd worry about the crank.

The old Toraus V6 motor will bolt in, I'v seen that a few times.
 

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It's VERY difficult to get a FWD car to run under 10.5's. With FWD cars, you pretty much hit a wall at around 10. Running 9's is, as you said, near impossible.

If you are sticking with FWD, the problem isn't power, it's traction. You would need REDICULOUS tires to be able to get traction to run 9's. You'd be running hoosiers that would be sticking like 5 inches out from the fenders. Then after that you'd need some serious drivetrain and axle work to put that power down to the wheels. I've seen a VW golf that had serious engine work done, and he was running hoosier slicks - spinning tires about 3/4 of the way down the tracks - and he was running 11.1's. So you can see how much more difficult a flat 9 would be.

I personally think that RWD, although at first much more difficult, would be the right choice in the end.
 

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yikes... still a bunch of nay sayers here. :)

we need to know a couple things. what is the budget? What if any are the rules for whatever sanctioning body you will be racing with?

To hit those numbers you have to think in turns of full race car. I'm talking major mods to build traction. Traction is going to be harder to come by then the horsepower to reach those numbers. I think 5-600 HP is all that should be needed for a car as light as this would be. BUT you have to be able to make use of all available power.

This is where the rules come into play. If you could use that nifty MSD digital 7 ignition computer that would make a huge difference. But again traction is the word of the day.

Not only will you be looking at major head work. You will mostly need some killer internals. Last time I checked a good set of rods went for darn near 2K. So once we figure out the rules and budget we can be a bigger help.

I'm guessing you would need some major work under the hood or some crazy custom wide fenders to handle the slicks.

Any give us all the details and we can help.
 

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Does any one else think he set his goal just a bit too high to reach with in any kind of reason?

The way I see it, if you have the ability to make a 1990 1.9 CFI lx FWD escort run 9's in the 1/4, you should'nt need to ask any questions because you would allready know the answers to every thing.
 

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i know of a guy running 9.95 in an early 90's dodge colt. only thing is it runs 27" drag slicks and has a 2.4L dohc eclipse motor in it. full rollcage tube front and more tuning time on his Haltech then most people spend in college.

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Question. Is that kind of thing still street legal? (I mean obviously he probably trailers it and all, but could he, if he wanted to, drive it on the street?)
 

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Probably not. I'm sure you could get away with driving it on the street if you had a boost controller you could turn it way down. but changing from slicks to street legal tires would be a PITA.
 
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Question. Is that kind of thing still street legal? (I mean obviously he probably trailers it and all, but could he, if he wanted to, drive it on the street?)
No. There's no way you're getting a FWD car to pull 9s and still be street legal.

This is what a 9s FWD car looks like:
 

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There was a 1800 lb Civic Hatch on ebay that was race ready with no power plant a while ago, it was a tube chassie with a fiberglass body and plexi windows. I suppose you could just buy that and drop in a built Escort motor/trany and call it a Escort.
 
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