Frequently Asked Questions
The ubiquitous Ford Type 9 gearbox as fitted to the Ford Sierras and Capris in all models from the Pinto 1.6 up to the early XR4 V6 2.8 uses the standard Ford 1" (25.4mm) 23 spline input shaft. The best way to confirm this is to count the number of splines on the input shaft and then measure the diameter. Any conversion using the Type 9 will need either the standard Ford 8 1/2" friction plate or a specially made plate to fit your car. In most instances the standard flywheel and clutch cover from your engine can be used together with the Ford clutch plate as most modern engines utilise a slightly larger diameter clutch plate as standard. The small amount of unswept area on the flywheel is of no consequence. These include the Vauxhall 2.0 XE engine using the Vauxhall 2.0XE Engine to Ford Gearbox Cable Clutch Bellhousing, the Toyota 4AGE engine using the Toyota 4AGE to Ford Gearbox Bellhousing, the Zetec SE engine using the Zetec SE to Ford Gearbox Bellhousing and the Sunbeam 1.6 engine using the Sunbeam or Avenger to Ford Bellhousing. The Duratec engine utilises a dual mass flywheel which needs to be replaced with the Ford Duratec lightweight Steel Flywheel. This flywheel allows you to use a complete 8 1/2" Clutch Cover and Friction Disc kit, which makes it easier to upgrade to a competition clutch at a later date. We also carry a range of lightweight steel flywheels that are machined to accept the 8 1/2" clutch cover. All Ford Pinto engines accept the standard 8 1/2" clutch.
It used to be that when reference was made to "Pinto" or "x-flow" engines this would guarantee the discussion was around a specific construction of engine. However that all changed with the later engines, when the nomenclature was used for marketing purposes with engine names being applied to any engine family regardless of the base construction! We will attempt to demystify the issue here.
|Cam Shaft Cover||Aluminium||Early: Black Coated Magnesium
|Label||DOHC 16v or 16v Zetec||16v Zetec|
|Sump||Single Part Aluminium||Two Part Aluminium / Tin|
|Water Pump||Directly Above Crank||Offset to Exhaust Side of Crank|
|Oil Filter||Angled Downwards||Horizontal|
|Cam Belt Cover||Plastic||Plastic / Aluminium|
The Silvertop engines can be identified by a three digit code on the block near the engine number. The Blacktop engine may have a 4 digit code stamped onto the block, but also has a label on the front of the cam belt cover. This will start with a 4 digit code which is the variant identifier.
Zetec SE / S
The Zetec SE engine is a completely different design, being a joint collaboration between Ford and Yamaha, Utilising an all alloy block and cylinder head it is some 40Kg lighter than the Zetec E, which employs a cast iron block. The Zetec SE comes in 1.25, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.7 litre versions and is fitted to Ford Fiestas, Focuses and Pumas. A 1.6 Zetec E engine was fitted to late Escorts and Orions. The bellhousing pattern is completely different to the Zetec E, with the starter motor high and to the left looking forward sat in the car.
The Duratec badge is assigned to anything from the 1.3 litre Kent engine to the 3.7 V6! We are interested only in what is known as the "Ford global straight-4" engine. This ranges comprises the 1.8, 2.0 and 2.3 litre 4 cylinder units, which are all alloy and weigh around 90Kg - 30Kg less than the Zetec E. Note that the 2.0RS Duratec is actually a Zetec E engine. The Duratec can produce good power with a relatively small amount of modification.