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John

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OK, so I'm in breakers yard upto my ankles in mud and grime looking for a 130PS 1800 Zetec engine. How do I tell that any particular Mondeo has one as opposed to any others in there? Is there any part numbers or other identifiers to look for?

John

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Ian Podmore

Zetec 1800 - 130 PS version

You will not find this engine in a Mondeo, to my knowledge it was only fitted to:

Fiesta RS1800

Escort XR3 - 130 option

Orion 1800 Ghia

Escort Cabriolet

External differences I think are:

Large throttle body (same as 2 ltr)

130 sticker on feed to throttle.

Internally it has a racier cam profile.  It may also have larger valves but my memory is not that good.

Hope that this is of help!

Ian

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Fast Westie

Don't bother with the 130PS version unless you want the standard fuel injection. Go for the 105PS version and get the cams reground by Kent Cams.

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Mr Fast Westie,

I need to use standard cams. Will reground ones by Kent meet this test? I believe eligability scrutineers have a metal bar to put in the slots on the end of the cams to test. Have you experienced this? I'm planning to do the 750MC kit car series, but the engine must be a standard 1800 Zetec on 40s. Is this what you use?

Regards,

John

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Keith Scarfe

John.

I am pretty sure the engine regulations for the 750 championship are the same as ours.

The cams must be standard Ford items (stamped/cast with a Ford number) and may not be modified in any way (re-profiled). To check, the eligibility scrutineers WILL make you remove your cam cover and they WILL measure the lobes for both lift and duration. If the measurements don't match the part, you are cheating. For this reason, you need the 130PS cams. There is nothing saying you can't use the 105 head with 130PS cams. Some combination like this is supposed to give the best results.

If you want a championship winning engine, you should go to Dunnell. He knows every thing that can be done in every way with this engine. As well as supplying my engine, he has also supplied engines for the 750 championship, so he knows both sets of regulations. I doubt he will give away any of his secrets, he wants to sell his engines. But believe me they are the best.

Regards.

Keith.

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The standard 2 litre cams are the same as the 130PS versions in the 1800Zetec, I've a couple of pairs in my garage (together with 4 or 5 zetec heads). The 1800 heads are all the same... so if you want the better cams, save some money and grab a set from an old 2 litre.

130PS cams - identifying characteristics

inlet  between 2-3, 1 cast ring, between 3-4, 1 cast ring,  .366 lift on lobe 1, .370 on lobe 2

exht  between 3-4, 2 cast rings , .337 lift on lobe 1, .341 on lobe 2

Dave

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Adrian Percival

For reference there is a three digit engine code stamped either on the side of the engine block on the same level as the starter motor and pulse air valve/filter housing.  Or on the rear of the cylinder head (transmission side)

The 130 hp engine is as follows:

Fiesta           RQC

Escort/Orion   RQB

There is also a serial number whch is 2 letters and 5 numbers.

Adrian

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Fast Westie

John

My road car uses a 130PS grind on the original 105PS cams. I don't know if that would pass scrutineering though.

My race engine is a bit different though  :0

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