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Old 07-25-2010, 05:40 PM
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Ford 2.3 Engine Question

Just some background info.Im a long time Ford man Ive put Ford engines in everything from Amc Eagles to Jeeps but have never messed with a 2.3.
I am in the process of building a Suzuki samurai. The engine thats stock is a 1.3 NA and about 80 Hp. I want to install a 2.3 engine but want to keep it carbarated and NO computers for the ignition. What motor should i be looking for. Can a carb intake manifild bolt unto a fuel injected block ? How about a ignition system for it ? I like the keep it simple rule. I know alot of guys are gonna say turbo but dont want to go that route. I only need about 125HP for what Im using it for. Thanks for any help.

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Even at 125hp, you're gonna need some hop-up parts on it to achieve that figure.
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Find a '79-'80 turbo Mustang/T'bird engine(or even an SVO if possible for the intercooling). It does have a carb, and electronic ignition and will run like a bear as long as you don't cook the turbo bearings (from experience )

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I was figureing on boring the block,shaving the head and adding a cam.I will also add a header and larger exhaust. I have a aftermarket intake and holley carb also. Wonder what kind of HP numbers that would make ? As far as a turbo goes for what Im using it for I cant have the turbo lag.
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80hp is pretty good for a 1.3L engine. You dont get much more than that with a 2.3 stock. You might get 125 hp with bolt ons, I dont know. You can sure spend alot of money on the 2.3L tho in a hurry. Its a pretty bulletproof engine tho. Tough as nails.
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Here's a FAQ by Esslinger. Pretty good reading....
http://www.esslingeracing.com/faq.htm#
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Just fiddlin' around. Once in a while, it's good to get on another make of motor.
Ford 2.3 liter (140 CID). Bored +0.020" to 3.800". Static compression ratio 8.75:1, 300 CFM carb on aftermarket manifold. Full length headers.

Cam grind. 218/218 @0.050", 0.415"/0.415" valve lift. Timing events 1/37/47/-9

Airflow
0.100 63 37
0.200 116 78
0.300 157 101
0.400 182 107
0.500 195 110

RPM HP TQ
2000 59 155
2500 78 163
3000 94 165
3500 111 167
4000 125 164
4500 132 154
5000 129 135
5500 114 109
Check out the flat as a pancake torque curve 2000-4500

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