Ford CVH Engine

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Ford CVH Engine

Postby alank » Sun May 30, 2004 10:40 am

I'm considering fitting a 1.6 or 1.8 CVH engine in a MKII Midget. Has anybody done this, and if so how did it go?
The idea started from the desire to fit a 5 speed box. Whichever box is chosen it will need an adaptor plate/bellhousing to allow fitment to an "A" Series engine and these cost money. So I thought why not use that money to buy the engine that goes with the box and end up with a more powerfull & lead free engine into the bargain.
Current thinking on donors is a 1.8 CVH Sierra with an MT75 box. This box has the same shift pattern as the "A" Series, ie reverse is diagonally opposite 1st & next to 4th. I kind of got used to this arrangment when autotesting and in case I go back to that (in a small time way) it would be handy to have reverse gear where I am used to finding it in a hurry.
I thought I would try and stay with the standard injection, provided it can be squeezed under the bonnet without a bulge. It would probably be necessary to modify the plenum/intake manifold to achieve this.
Reasons for staying with injection are primarily cost, but also sidedrafts can be upset by the violent manouvers of autotesting.
No doubt some pundits will be saying all this sounds too complicated. Perhaps I should say that the other vehicle I am restoring is a V12 XJS, most other things look simple after that.
Thanks in advance for any input.
Alan
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Engine/Trans Swap Combination

Postby bill b. » Sun May 30, 2004 1:49 pm

RE:I'm considering fitting a 1.6 or 1.8 CVH engine in a MKII Midget. Has anybody done this, and if so how did it go?
The idea started from the desire to fit a 5 speed box......1.8 CVH Sierra with an MT75 box.

I am also looking for the best combination for my MKIV Sprite. Since the transmission is thrashed and I would like to go with a 5 speed but the Datsun swap is rather pricey, considering it seems to be plausable to find a good motor and trans at the wrecking yard that would make a well balanced combination. The 1.6 or 1.8 Sierra would translate into what? on this side of the pond?

Thanks, bill b.
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Postby alank » Sun May 30, 2004 2:22 pm

Hi Bill

I only realised shortly AFTER I posted my last mail that this board is USA based. You've obviously realised that I am UK based.
I think the Sierra is a Merkur on your side of the pond, but I do not know what engines are used in it, except perhaps a 2.3L version of the Pinto engine. That may be a bit tall (and also heavy) for the Sprite.
Let me know how you get on with your search.
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Engine swaps

Postby bill b. » Sun May 30, 2004 2:34 pm

I guess it doen't matter much where the list is based as long as we both speak the same language, sorta :-) Being from Texas I can't say that very often. I think I have a distant ancestor, William E. Burrell, in Glasgow Scotland which I gather is close to your area.

I will check out the Merkur. I plan a trip to the local yards to see what kind of drive trains are most plentiful. The pinto has kind of a bad reputation here, being rather explosive as a car and all, but I know they use the engines in some racing classes(Formula Ford?). Datsun looks promising, I have a site of someone in Australia that is doing one but it requires some modification of oil pan and cross members. When (if) I find the right combo I'll pass it along. I visit the http://www2.mgcars.org.uk site often and find it has a lot of good info too.

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Postby dan » Mon May 31, 2004 9:52 am

I'd also be interested in hearing how your transplant project progresses.

I've thought about an engine-tranny swap for my Bugeye for quite some time (especially seeing as it has a 948).

I've seen many folks drop all kinds of different engines and tranny's in Sprites, but other than the Datsun tranny swap, few seem to have much of a mass following (certainly nothing like the "John's Cars" Chevy engine swap into a Jag sedan kits that are very well known and successful).

Please let us know how it goes!
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Re: Ford CVH Engine

Postby clark » Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:08 pm

Did this idea go anywhere? I've seen a 1.9 CVH (escort) rwd conversion. The guy sais he just used 2.3 Mustang parts. They apparently bolt together if his story was correct. The CVT is quite short and has a low cylinder head height for an SOHC of that displacement. They are light, too.
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