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Old 11-23-2007, 06:56 AM
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four cyl for T bucket

Have any of you used a four byl in your T bucket? Has anyone used the Ford 2.3 liter engine. I would like to hear from ya'll!
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Old 11-23-2007, 07:09 AM
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You might want to post your question on the National T-Bucket Alliance forums.

I have seen a few banger buckets. It certainly can be done.
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The 2.3 Ford would be my first choice, there's tons of aftermarket stuff out there since that motor has been around for 30+ years and is very popular in motorsports.

http://racerwalsh.zoovy.com/
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I'm planning on using an Olds Quad 4.
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Old 11-23-2007, 08:13 AM
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The quad 4 is a great engine but I believe that there are few after market parts available any longer. The suggestion of a 2.3 Ford, and the fact that there is a full racing series run around it make that engine easier to do some build up on - and if you are lucky enough to find a 2.3 Turbo version, begun in '79 and carried thru much of the '80s in Mustangs and T-Birds, you are way ahead of the game build up wise. I'm kinda quietly looking for one of these myself, just to have.......
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The Quad-4 was a diamond that turned into a turd within short order. Ran great with super potential out of the box, but soon turned out to be a headgasket eating oil leaking white elephant. Any support that was there has basically dried up.
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The 2.3 is a great motor...In a light T-bucket it will give you plenty of excitement..

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I know someone here in town that built a 40s Rat Rod/T Bucket with a Fuel Injected Turbo 4 Cylinder Ford engine. the engine & 5 speed tranny was pulled out of a little ford or Mercury car. I think the cars done and I will get all the info when it gets back from the tranny shop. I guess it turned out kinda neat. the turbo engine gave the 4 bannger a little bling under the hood, even though theres not much chrome or polished aluminum.
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tHANKS FOR THE REPLY!
I went there and now I ask you which cam would be best cam both for gas mileage and a good rump rump.
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The 2.3 Ford would be my first choice, there's tons of aftermarket stuff out there since that motor has been around for 30+ years and is very popular in motorsports.

http://racerwalsh.zoovy.com/
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The Quad-4 was a diamond that turned into a turd within short order. Ran great with super potential out of the box, but soon turned out to be a headgasket eating oil leaking white elephant. Any support that was there has basically dried up.

....and I was just being nice about the Quad 4
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Actually, there is still a good supply of aftermarket parts for the Quad4 , and the more people badmouth the motors, the lower the prices get. The Q4 can be easily dressed to look like an old Offy, which is pretty cool. Check these sources:

http://www.mantapart.com/

http://www.streetrods-classiccars.com/quad4.htm

http://quad4rods.com/
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2.3 ford oiling problem

there were a few years that ford did not drill the oil squirt hole in the connecting rod. in cold operation they would scuff the pistons due to poor lubrication. . all the rods have the bump where the hole goes. one thing to check on your 2.3 drill the holes when you rebuild or pull apart. ..... they did a lot of things to save money that caused problems later on.

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There are 2 2.3L Ford 4cyl engines, the OHC and the Tempo/ Taurus 2.3 HSC OHV engine.. the 2.3 OHC was available in RWD applications specifically I belive,
the OHV engine never had a RWD application and it has a weird front engine mount that would look odd in the front of somthing like a T bucket, however it could be dealt with, and the motor is still a good engine, decent power, it should be able to be adapted.
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Few years ago (like 10 or so...?) I saw at the Houston Autoramma in the George R. Brown center a T-bucket called "The Rose" and was powered by a 2.3 Ford motor with a supercharger on it... Alot of Gold & Chrome and even art work in the exhaust pipe...


Best T-bucket I ever saw was one powered by a John Deere 2 cylinder (think a B engine...?)
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A couple of thoughts regarding the diminutive Quad 4.....

I like the look. With the coil pack removed it looks like a "different" engine.

The intake in on the driver's side. That means no interference with steering or clutch. The exhaust is on the other side. Let the passenger enjoy the heat.

I'm hoping I can work a deal with a local outfit to get the engine for a nice box of Crispy Cremes.

Support? You mean the "I gotta Quad4 and need help" hot line is no longer there..... I need a drink.

Joe is bang-on. The more I here how these motors are junk, the better my chances of not spending much.... that's me, cheap... oops, I mean frugal.
I am prepared to deal with cracked heads, gaskets or the like as I'm not going to have much in this thing.

If I can figure out how to post a picture off my CAD program, I'll throw up a shot of the blower drive I'm working on. It'll be similar to the old Potvin drive with my 4-71 sticking through the grill shell. The aluminum for the drive housing will cost me more than (I hope) the engine, 4-speed and 4-71 did.

No support hot line huh? Gi' me another drink there Bud.
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