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I am dropping a fresh 1.9 into my '82 and I have a few questions.
First, are the 1.6 and 1.9 flywheels the same? The 1.9 flywheel is all burned up and I don't want to pay to get it turned, and the clutch on my car works as smooth as silk, so if I can I want to reuse my flywheel and clutch. Also, since the 1.6 and 1.9 are the same basic block, there won't be any issues between the 1.9 and the old four speed, right? The car is my DD so I am hoping the swap will go fast. If the money presents itself I will put in a 5 speed in the spring along with better pistons.

I also bought a E3EE 1.6 head, and I am wondering what different OEM cam profiles came with those heads, and what option would be best for a match ported intake and head from my 82, 1.9 HO header, and either the OEM carb or maybe a varijet for the parts availibility.
 

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Rebuilt and new old stock 1.6 carbs are pretty common for cheap, lots of them on ebay. I've never heard of a variable venturi carb on an Escort. I think just LTDs and a few other models used those, and only for a few years (lots of trouble).
 

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WJC is correct, the VV carbs were on 351 engines only...and they were junk.

Anyway, there were two carb model cams, one of which is pretty mild, and the other a little better. The best one out of the group is the EFI 1.6 (non-turbo, and yes they exist as I drove one in an EXP).

If you go for a better cam from the UK, for the 1.6, you'll find a lot of options, including solid lifters, and cams good for 8k. At that point, with a well-ported head, high flow carbs (2 2 barrels), built bottom end, and high compression, you'd be seeing 180+ hp, and get pretty good fuel mileage as well.

There was also an OEM cam for a 1.6 in the UK where the engine made 115 hp naturally aspirated. It was a rare engine, with solid lifters, though. I think it was for the RS1600. Not 100% on that. Check out burtonpower.com for cams, as they have a really good selection, including turbo cams for the 1.6 head.
 

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Not VV, a rochester varijet, which is a progressive 2bbl used on the gm 2.5 it is really half of a q-jet, and uses all of the jets and everything, which is why I am interested in it. I may actually be able to score one of those EFI 1.6s, they have one at the local JY for $250.
 

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Not VV, a rochester varijet, which is a progressive 2bbl used on the gm 2.5 it is really half of a q-jet, and uses all of the jets and everything, which is why I am interested in it. I may actually be able to score one of those EFI 1.6s, they have one at the local JY for $250.
Hell yeah get that motor. Does the J/Y give you a decent warranty?
 

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The engine at the Junkyard was $250 with no warranty, $300 sort of an unofficial "if it doesn't run I'll give you another one". It's a very under the table type junkyard. The engine was just sitting under a shelf hidden behind a box, and there is no escort or exp at the junkyard along with it, so no computer or anything, but I think the wiring was reasonably intact. I have no want of the engine myself, nor do I have the $250 for the engine anyway. If you are interested in any parts from it, I can talk to the junkyard and try to get the manifold and send it down to you, but he wouldn't take $50 for the intake and exhaust header together, but that was under some unique circumstances. I can at least call them and get a quote for you. Whereabouts are you at? I can check on what it cost to ship if you want it. Otherwise I am in northern lower MI and might be willing to take it downstate if I have a reason to be down there, and would be willing to get it for you if you are that interested in it.

Also, my 1.6 has aluminum engine mount brackets, and the 1.9 has a cast iron or steel engine mount that is considerably beefier than the aluminum 1.6 mount. All of the holes match up, is there any reason not to use the aluminum one?
 

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Yeah, see what he wants for that manifold...I'd love the whole engine, but shipping will be a killer as I'm in WV...not exactly close to you. But, the manifold is light enough (hopefully with throttle body included).
 

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JY want $100 for the manifold with everything on it. Seems steep to me, but depends on how much you want it, I guess. I can try and talk him down, but he is pretty firm with prices. If you want to get ahold of them, phone # is 231 775 2030, Ken's Auto parts.
 

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If I were ever to buy the engine, how much would you pay for the intake? I might buy it for the exhuast header someday, and would go for the whole thing if you were intersted in the intake.
 

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I have got a EE3E head that I am trying to unload, can't vouch for the cam and lifters on it, but it was running when I pulled it. It had a blown headgasket when it pulled and showed .002-.003 warpage, so it needs to be surfaced, but it's otherwise good, I think. The reason he wants so much is because would be breaking up the only first gen engine he has on the shelf. If I end up getting it I will let you know.
 
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