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Old 06-28-2009, 05:37 PM   #1
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Exclamation PROJECT. SVT HEAD on a Ztec

I got a quick question. I have a zx3 with no AC and i found an SVT with a dead motor. I want to get that SVT and put in my ZX3 block in there. Will i have a problem with installing the SVT head on there? The ZX3 is turbo charged so im assuming i might have a slight problem with that. Or should i just find a complete SVT engine and leave it alone?


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I think you should fix the SVT motor and put the turbo on that. The aluminum block of the SVT can handle higher boost than the iron one the standard Zetec has.
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What about i Build a custom turbo for the SVT and keep the other turbo on the zx3. with the math i did the kit would cost me under a grand. either way ill need new internals for the SVT. i have some cheap SVTs coming up in a month or so on the auction. salvage title but i dont reallly give a crap about that cus it saves me a whole bunch of buck that i could put into the motor.
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What about i Build a custom turbo for the SVT and keep the other turbo on the zx3. with the math i did the kit would cost me under a grand. either way ill need new internals for the SVT. i have some cheap SVTs coming up in a month or so on the auction. salvage title but i dont reallly give a crap about that cus it saves me a whole bunch of buck that i could put into the motor.
That works too

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and ill be keeping updates when ill be building the kit too. i know the Turbonetics compressor that is in my roush performance kit is only 250-375 brand new so i wont be selfish and provide other foci owners with the info where to get what ill be using. so maybe there will be a whole lot more turbocharged focuses runing around the street. and they get good power. ive smoked a g35 with a slipping clutch stock ecu and 5 pounds of boost. im guessing they could put out a shit load of power when tuned right.
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250-375 brand new?! I want one!

And yes a tune is a must for foci, especially the svt.
The great thing about the svt is that with upgraded fuel and ignition systems on stock internals with a tune you can run 17psi safely. I've heard of stock svt's doing 19psi, but were pushing their luck.
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I think you should fix the SVT motor and put the turbo on that. The aluminum block of the SVT can handle higher boost than the iron one the standard Zetec has.

Wrong in so many ways .

#1 The SVT is an Iron block.
#2 Block material does not have as much to do with strength as wall thickness (among other variables such as combustion quality).
#3 The SVT block will not directly bolt up to his current transmission.


Far as I know, no one has currently swapped the SVT head onto a standard zetec (see there is an 'e' in the name of our engine). In theory so long as you disable the VCT it should work. 1turbofocus has VCT blockoff plates to acomplish this.
I'm close to doing the swap but a bit short on money. Had planned to be done by now but that didn't happen.
Only other thing that may be a hangup is valve clearance and the reliefs in the pistons. "Claying" the engine would tell you if it is a problem or not. If it is it shouldn't be too hard to fix by grinding out the reliefs a bit.
Also you will want to run the standard zetec head gasket or a thicker Cometic gasket from CFM to lower the compression some due to the smaller combustion chamber of the SVT head.
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#1 The SVT is an Iron block.
I was mistaken. For some reason I was thinking forged block instead of internals.

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#2 Block material does not have as much to do with strength as wall thickness (among other variables such as combustion quality).
Um. Wall strength has nothing to do with combustion quality. Different materials are stronger than others.

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#3 The SVT block will not directly bolt up to his current transmission.
I never suggested he do so. I meant that he keep the motor in the SVT and fix it, then turbo it.
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Ill keep that in mind. maybe if i find a cheap SVT head at a junk yard ill swap it over to my zetec. Could a solid Bimetal or a copper head gasket be used safely?
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#3 The SVT block will not directly bolt up to his current transmission.
Why not?

Getrag fits on std zetec all you need is the correct flywheel/clutch setup. So why wouldnt it work svt zetec on mtx75? The block is exactly the same save the oil squirters, rods, and piston crown design
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