Spi threw a rod. Where to get shortblock? - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > General Technical Chat

General Technical Chat This section is for technical discussions relating to general maintenance, electrical issues, engine trouble, and recalls.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-26-2008, 11:15 PM   #1
FocusPilot
Focus Enthusiast
 
FocusPilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Fan#: 58694
Location: Florence, Kentucky
What I Drive: 2003 Silver LX Sedan

Posts: 50
Points 340, Level 6
Points: 340, Level: 6 Points: 340, Level: 6 Points: 340, Level: 6
Level Up 80% Completed
Level up: 80% Level up: 80% Level up: 80%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 27 FocusPilot Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Spi threw a rod. Where to get shortblock?

Hi guys. I just bought an 03 SOHC sedan lx with a blown motor. After tearing it down I found out the number 4 cylinder had thrown a rod and it made a big gouge in the cylinder wall so the block is unserviceable. The head is still in pretty good shape although it did take a beating on the number 4. I am looking for rebuilt shortblock or a low mileage shortblock and wonder what year model cars have blocks that will bolt up. I saw some 99 tracers and 00 escorts that had a variant of the split port injection at the local junkyard and I was wondering if a shortblock from those motors would bolt up to my heads. Thanks.

Steve



Last edited by FocusPilot; 08-31-2008 at 08:14 PM.
FocusPilot is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-26-2008, 11:56 PM   #2
viney266
Focus Fanatic
 
viney266's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Fan#: 93
Location: westminster, maryland, MD
What I Drive: focus ztw ,zx3,mustang, motorcycles

Posts: 25,600
Points 235,208, Level 100
Points: 235,208, Level: 100 Points: 235,208, Level: 100 Points: 235,208, Level: 100
Level Up 0% Completed
Level up: 0% Level up: 0% Level up: 0%
Forum Activity 5%
Activity: 5% Activity: 5% Activity: 5%
FF Reputation: 112 viney266 Excellent Standing Member viney266 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (4)
JUst do a whole motor swap, its prolly easier and the SPI doesn't cost that much used.
__________________
Speed is only a matter of money; how fast do you want to go?
viney266 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-27-2008, 12:06 AM   #3
FocusPilot
Focus Enthusiast
 
FocusPilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Fan#: 58694
Location: Florence, Kentucky
What I Drive: 2003 Silver LX Sedan

Posts: 50
Points 340, Level 6
Points: 340, Level: 6 Points: 340, Level: 6 Points: 340, Level: 6
Level Up 80% Completed
Level up: 80% Level up: 80% Level up: 80%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 27 FocusPilot Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Quote:
Originally Posted by viney266 View Post
JUst do a whole motor swap, its prolly easier and the SPI doesn't cost that much used.
Thanks for the reply. I haven't been able to find a reasonably priced motor at the local junkyard. They want $950 and don't even know how many miles are on it. Apparently the SPI motors are going for 1200-1700 at most junkyards.
__________________
2003 Ford Focus Silver Sedan LX SOHC Automatic
1997 Pontiac Supercharged Trans Am WS6
Sedan Revolution #135
cardomain.com/ride/3145658
FocusPilot is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-27-2008, 12:38 AM   #4
viney266
Focus Fanatic
 
viney266's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Fan#: 93
Location: westminster, maryland, MD
What I Drive: focus ztw ,zx3,mustang, motorcycles

Posts: 25,600
Points 235,208, Level 100
Points: 235,208, Level: 100 Points: 235,208, Level: 100 Points: 235,208, Level: 100
Level Up 0% Completed
Level up: 0% Level up: 0% Level up: 0%
Forum Activity 5%
Activity: 5% Activity: 5% Activity: 5%
FF Reputation: 112 viney266 Excellent Standing Member viney266 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (4)
Ouch! I figured they would be 500-600 bucks..I guess I was off on that price.
__________________
Speed is only a matter of money; how fast do you want to go?
viney266 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-27-2008, 12:39 AM   #5
j-zetec_pr
MACHINERY TECHNIAN
 
j-zetec_pr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Fan#: 47101
Location: Underway, Not Listed
What I Drive: 2000 Silver ZX3 Kona, MTX-75, Zetec

Posts: 7,320
FF Reputation: 27 j-zetec_pr Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (9)
would a Zetec be easier to find than an SPI?
__________________
Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero
ODOMETER: 169,000 miles
j-zetec_pr is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-27-2008, 01:01 AM   #6
FocusPilot
Focus Enthusiast
 
FocusPilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Fan#: 58694
Location: Florence, Kentucky
What I Drive: 2003 Silver LX Sedan

Posts: 50
Points 340, Level 6
Points: 340, Level: 6 Points: 340, Level: 6 Points: 340, Level: 6
Level Up 80% Completed
Level up: 80% Level up: 80% Level up: 80%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 27 FocusPilot Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Quote:
Originally Posted by j-zetec_pr View Post
would a Zetec be easier to find than an SPI?
Yep Zetecs are a dime a dozen averaging $400 for a low mile used engine. I'm just not wanting to spend the time to do a swap. My focus is going to be my daily driver. My other car is a muscle car so I plan on keeping my focus relatively stock.
__________________
2003 Ford Focus Silver Sedan LX SOHC Automatic
1997 Pontiac Supercharged Trans Am WS6
Sedan Revolution #135
cardomain.com/ride/3145658
FocusPilot is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-31-2008, 04:56 PM   #7
FocusPilot
Focus Enthusiast
 
FocusPilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Fan#: 58694
Location: Florence, Kentucky
What I Drive: 2003 Silver LX Sedan

Posts: 50
Points 340, Level 6
Points: 340, Level: 6 Points: 340, Level: 6 Points: 340, Level: 6
Level Up 80% Completed
Level up: 80% Level up: 80% Level up: 80%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 27 FocusPilot Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Ok after doing some research I figured out that the escort, tracer blocks/engines will not work on the Focus cars. There are no bolt holes on the block for the focus drive axles to mount. The head on the escort doesn't have the motor mounting studs for the focus. So it won't work either. And thanks to all the escort owners buying up all the 2.0 blocks there is now a shortage of blocks.
__________________
2003 Ford Focus Silver Sedan LX SOHC Automatic
1997 Pontiac Supercharged Trans Am WS6
Sedan Revolution #135
cardomain.com/ride/3145658
FocusPilot is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-31-2008, 05:00 PM   #8
FocusPilot
Focus Enthusiast
 
FocusPilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Fan#: 58694
Location: Florence, Kentucky
What I Drive: 2003 Silver LX Sedan

Posts: 50
Points 340, Level 6
Points: 340, Level: 6 Points: 340, Level: 6 Points: 340, Level: 6
Level Up 80% Completed
Level up: 80% Level up: 80% Level up: 80%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 27 FocusPilot Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Here is an interesting site with info on the history of the SPI block/heads. SPI engines are known for dropping valve seats in the combustion chamber when overheated. The pieces will tear up one cylinder/head and then make their way into the other cylinders by way of the intake manifold.

http://www.babcox.com/editorial/ar/eb90336.htm
__________________
2003 Ford Focus Silver Sedan LX SOHC Automatic
1997 Pontiac Supercharged Trans Am WS6
Sedan Revolution #135
cardomain.com/ride/3145658

Last edited by FocusPilot; 09-01-2008 at 09:12 PM.
FocusPilot is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-31-2008, 05:03 PM   #9
FocusPilot
Focus Enthusiast
 
FocusPilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Fan#: 58694
Location: Florence, Kentucky
What I Drive: 2003 Silver LX Sedan

Posts: 50
Points 340, Level 6
Points: 340, Level: 6 Points: 340, Level: 6 Points: 340, Level: 6
Level Up 80% Completed
Level up: 80% Level up: 80% Level up: 80%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 27 FocusPilot Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
I found a remanufactured engine from Pep Boys for $1925 with a 3yr unlimited mile warranty. I think due to the track record of this motor it would be wise to get a warranty.
__________________
2003 Ford Focus Silver Sedan LX SOHC Automatic
1997 Pontiac Supercharged Trans Am WS6
Sedan Revolution #135
cardomain.com/ride/3145658
FocusPilot is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-31-2008, 05:17 PM   #10
loudfocus01
Focus Fanatic
 
loudfocus01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Fan#: 26006
Location: Bates City, MO
What I Drive: 2001 White LX 2002 Infra-Red Svt

Posts: 7,250
FF Reputation: 107 loudfocus01 Excellent Standing Member loudfocus01 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (17)
That link two posts up has some good info. Thanks for posting that.
Now I better check my fan relays to make sure my fans are still coming on.
At least now we know why these engines drop valve seats. Great info there.
__________________
O'Reilly Auto Parts
Store Manager
Oak Grove, MO
loudfocus01 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Show Some Pride For The Spi !!! FocusOnMySpi SPI Performance (2000-2004) 65 12-28-2008 03:55 PM
General specs on the SPI b16sir1991 General Technical Chat 0 04-18-2007 11:20 AM
Spun a bearing, threw a rod? ouch SVTJerbo SVT Performance (2002-2004) 6 07-06-2006 07:25 PM
Dura stroker and stock stroke steel billet crank 1turbofocus DURATEC Performance (2003-2007) 127 01-15-2006 05:50 PM
SPI 8v Dies. Threw a Rod GOLDX SPI Performance (2000-2004) 6 04-18-2005 11:57 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:03 AM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Audi S3, Ford Fusion and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. Challenger Hellcat - Charger Hellcat