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The 1.9 to 2.0 SPI Swap Thread

Discussion in 'Engine Swaps' started by marclar, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. chestypuller

    chestypuller making the wifes commuter better

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    i do believe it is a 97 thats going into my 94
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    Tattlife420 FEOA Member

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    I have a 95 Escort wagon 1.9l but I'm trying to find out witch years of the Spi 2.0l will hook rite up with no extra parts or problems. I've done a fare amount of research to date and have heard that the 97 Spi is the easiest swap but it seems there difficult to find for a good price with low miles as to where the 98 and 99 are quite common with low miles. Plus I like the look of the 99 with the newer valve cover. Also I'm wondering if it matters that mine is a 5 speed manual and the motor is out of an automatic? If someone could plz assist asap it would b much appreciated. I don't have much time before my 1.9 Shits the bed and its all I have for transportation to work. Thanks in advance
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    Tattlife420 FEOA Member

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    Since u seem to b good at diagnostics maybe u could help with my issue. I've basically gave up and decided to swap my 95 wagon 1.9 for the 97 2.0 Spi cuz I believe I have a valve seat issue and intern my pistons, rings, gaskets, seals and so on all need replace and honestly it would b cheaper just to swap it and at least I would no its ganna last a wile since the motor I found has low miles and its OEM tested with a warranty. Any way when I bought the car it ran fine, I changed plugs wires, oil and filter, air filter, and slave cylinder for the clutch cable and it ran amazing. Then my freind insisted I run sea foam threw the gas tank to clean the fuel system so I did and shortly after I've had non stop trouble. It started cutting out bad when pulling out and shifting into second and would seem to miss going down the hi way at proper speed. Eventually it cut out so bad as I was pulling away from a stop sign that the motor shaked like crazy and started to tap very loud and fast untill it finely died completely and wouldent start at all. From the previous symptoms I believed it to b either the fuel pump or fuel filter and so I changed the cheaper of the two first. With the new fuel filter I finally got it to fire but when it did the motor still shook and tapped extremely bad. I added some Lucas to the oil and changed a bad motor mount and after some time it got much better. It leaked oil from the valve cover seal and also from the overflow hose or whatever that is but the hose that goes from the top right of the valve cover to the bottom of the air box. Any way I changed the gasket and it never leaked from there again but it's still ending up in the air box at times. Also when I bring it to operating temp then shut it down it takes forever to turn back over and will just crank and crank untill finally starting again. Also once its wormed up and i start down the road it will start to miss or cut out really bad to the point I think it's just ganna quit rite there but after a few moments it just stops and only does it occasionally once or twice at a time. Pretty sure it's a fuel pressure issue but have no way to test it yet. Finally, the ground terminal to the battery looks tampered with to me and since I've never seen any other Escort under the hood I have no clue but instead of haveing one main ground wire that runs to the center of the terminal it has 2 wires that run to separate ends of it connecting under one of the two bolts on the bottom or back of the terminal, now the left wire has a prong that sticks out and has to touch the rite wire where it connects or els there is no power to the whole car. At times when I go to fire it it will click and lose all power completely. If I barely tap or even push hard on the ground terminal power is intstantly restored but the same thing happens over and over and will not start. Only when I pull back the prong and re attach it again by pressing it against the other with a screw driver will it finally start again. I fear this could cause a major short in the system eventually if it continues. I no that's alot of info to contain all at once but I really need some help here and no one I no seems to have a clue about cars period. I'm no mechanic, I'm self taught on basics and honestly I'm just now starting to learn more and more so I'm a beginner with basic maintenance skills but I learn fast so Any info at all will b great and if u think I'm still ganna have issues even after the swap just tell me what needs to b done and I'll make it happen. Thank you in advance....
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    Tattlife420 FEOA Member

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    I just tried looking up the rpm switch on ebay but I'm wondering if they need to b made specifically for my Escort or are they all basically the same and universal for any car? Honestly I've never even herd of one untill now but I'm about to do my swap and apparently I'm ganna need one. Thanks in advance
  5. marclar

    marclar Moderator Staff Member

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    you can use any escort spi motor. focus motor is almost the same but has a different head and intake, also sits about 3 inches higher and will not clear the hood.
    the only difference is, the 97 has a return style fuel rail. the 98+ have an electronic fuel pressure regulator and are not compatible. as long as you have the 97 return style fuel rail, you can use any spi motor.
    the rpm switch is universal
  6. Dayna Craft

    Dayna Craft FEOA Member

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    Can I put my 1996 1.9 l motor into a 2002 2.0 l? I know that some of the components matchup, for example the transmission pan. but I'm having a hard time finding out info on the motor swap
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    Lol! I have a unique situation.
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    Then don't act like one.
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    Since it means taking the 2.0L motor out anyway, I think it would be just as easy to fix whatever is wrong with that - and put it back in. And whatever is going to go wrong with the used 1.9L engine in the future would be eliminated too.

    The same is true for fixing the transmission in your 1.9L. These are easy trans to rebuild. I would never say that about a GM 4L60! The first F4EAT I rebuilt I did it with zero special tools. For the subsequent one I made my life easier and bought the spring compressor from an ebay seller, along with the adapters used with it; these cost about $60. I also bought a really good SK set of snap ring pliers - that cost about $23. The all-purpose ones for $6 usually come apart at a bad moment.
    Im a slow worker, due to age (75), arthritis, being retired, and having more time than money. I spent maybe two weeks to rebuild the first trans, and about 4 rolls of paper towels. I like the orange smooth hand cleaner. The stuff with pumic is too harsh.
    I only did 90% of a full rebuild. They show a jig being used to adjust the preloading for the intermediate gear and the differential bearings. Each of mine still had some preloading, so I didnt bother. (If I had known I was going to do this 5 more times, I might have spent the few hundred bucks for the Ford Rotunda jig set).
    I also got the transgo shift kit for the 3rd and later rebuilds. This smooths out a rather snappy 1-2 shift, and extends the life of the trans.
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    Personal attacks will get you banned quickly.
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    93scortluv Administrator Staff Member

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    Okay matt, you can see they baited, let's keep it at that. They will learn legally what happens when they try to get this inspected or worked on by a shop that will throw a flag at it.
  12. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    I get the situation your in and that you want to get one working car out of the two. The 2l is a better motor and I don't thing anyone here has sawed a 2l for a 1.9l, so finding info on that swap will be hard. The work is not worth the trouble for most people when one could fix the 2l.
    Regardless hopefully you work something out.
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    I don’t know where you guys are from or where you learned things when it comes to this. But I have done multiple engine swaps when I owned my own shop. As long as the parts aren’t stolen you can do whatever you want.
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    Swift FEOA Donator

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    Yes you can swap in almost anything, but it would have some unusual tweaks.
    The exhaust is rather close so 02 manifold could attach to 1.9. The 2.0 intake will not bolt to 1.9 head. The 2.0 intake has secondary butterflies to open without those car would have check engine light.
    02 has returnless fuel rail, the 1.9 had return and smaller cc injectors that are longer.
    I am sure there would be some other surface problems that arise.
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  15. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    Wile one can swap about anything if they are willing to put the work or money into it, the EPA laws are rather strict about motor swaps and some places are picky about motor swaps.
    https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/engswitch_0.pdf
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    Don't forget about the EGR tube, neither the 1.9 or 2.0 tube would work so something custom would have to be made up. All of the info is on the forum for someone who takes the time to look, just not all in one place because nobody does this swap.

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