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Old 11-27-2009, 07:52 AM   #1
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Any other cars with usable drivetrain?

Tryin to broaden my horizon in searching for a drivetrain for my econo-cruizer (steal of a deal) Focus. I'm thinkin I'd just like to keep it simple and swap in a Zetec powerplant. So what other vehicles should I be searching for where it'd keep the swap relatively simple with minimal (and i mean MINIMAL) fab work/custom parts. Would like an Escort ZX2 be a good candidate? Or will there be too much of a headache with transmissions, cv shafts, motor mounts, etc? Thanks for any input!

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A: What's the body again? Another Focus?

B: ZX2's might have different fuel injection systems (not sure) but if so, simply swapping parts from your intake should allow it to work. There might be other differences but as long as you have a Focus Zetec engine on hand to pull parts from you should be ok. If you don't, forget other vehicle's engines if your body is a Focus.

C: If this is some other project, like a lightweight T-bucket (fun with rocks in your teeth) with a 4 cyl or whatever, then unless you're planning on rigging up a RWD rear engine configuration complete with a front E brake you should look into a Ranger using a RWD Duratec. There are 2 different blocks- one FWD the other RWD, but I have no idea what the difference is, and it's most likely to be related to motor mounts, but you can never be sure what Ford changes.
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Yeah, it's another Focus. I'm just wondering if there's enough of a difference between a Focus Zetec and an Escort Zetec to make a difference, not to mention getting into the whole transmission, cv-shaft, motor mount thing. But say I had a whole Escort donor car, transmissions were interchangeable (auto to auto), etc... Motor mounts would still have to be figured out, amidst other things. It's just an idea, I just don't wanna be a guinea pig and realize it's either too much of a headache or not feasible.
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I'd investigate online to see what the part numbers were for the motor mounts for both engines. It might be that it uses the same mount, if it looks the same, fits in the same spot- you should be able to make it work since you have the other side of the mount on each version of the engine.
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I have a a cougar with the VCT zetec....same as the ZX2. Want my opinion? Don't bother wasting the time & money on it.

Its the same motor just adds VCT to the exhaust cam & gives you a more stable powerband compared to the Focus one. I think most every one I saw on a dyno in stock form hit the same power numbers, compared to the focus which goes from 100-115. The VCT is there mainly for emissions, it did give a little better low end torque though. I could be wrong, but maybe Tom might chime in.

If you do go ahead on the swap, the block is the same only the head is different. The tranny is different I believe in all varients with an auto. With a 5 speed the ZX2 has the IB5, the CDW27(Cougar/Contique) & Focus have the MTX75.
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