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Old 10-11-2004, 12:58 AM   #1
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Brand New Engine: Plus 5 Speed Swap

Ok guys here it is: I saw a guy on the marketplace selling his old 03 zx3 zetec engine with a 5 speed transmission. My engine as of now has about 135,000 miles on it. I have an automatic transmission (brand new at 124,000 miles) and i am just curious. If i buy this engine with transmission. Can i just drop this thing in and take the atx out and replace it with the 5 speed? I am guessing i will have to mod it a little to fit it. I just need to know what all i have to do in order to convert it to a 5 speed. I am guessing i will have to get a clutch built in, adjust the shifter of course, maybe drive train work? Can you guys give me possible estimates of this stuff i will ALSO need for the whole job. Here is the info on the BUY:

"I have a complete Zetec with 5-speed transmission and all accessories on it. This engine has less than 1000 miles and came out of a 2003 ZX3. It even has the motor mounts and cat still attached. Includes air box and mass air meter."


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Old 10-11-2004, 07:32 AM   #2
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well, its good that it has the motor mounts. You might have problems with the harness. Because the 5sp may require a different wiring harness than the ATX. As for the ECU. That may present a problem as well, im not sure if you can just drop it in there and hook it up and fire it....
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Old 10-11-2004, 09:52 AM   #3
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would i run into any problems with the drivetrain or anything?
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you will have no problems other than regular tranny swaping problems...like the instalation of the clutch pedal and such....

and you will need a new ecu for the mtx...
also a new set of keys for that ecu...
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Hey =)

I'm looking to do the same thing. But in a Zx5 =). any info is much appreciated....
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talk to focus salvage. they specialize in transmissions and actually work for ford i believe. and i know for a fact that they have done numerous swaps, atx to mtx, mtx75 to getrag, 4cyl to 6cyl. the wiring harnesses are definitely different, but as for the ecu's i'm not entirely sure how that goes.
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As I understand it you will also have to swap the half shafts. And the ECU. Search the forum, although there are so many threads on this swap you'll probably get lost!
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I thought the focus salvage went out of business?
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good to know that people use search button as this thread is from 3 years ago

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You can drop in a new engine and MTX with the ATX ECU. However, you will get some check engine lights for the ATX sensors that are no longer there.

Look to eBay for an ECU for MTX for around $30. You will need to get Ford to flash it for PATS.
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