After reading about the P76's 4.4L alloy V8, it got me thinking about how cool it would be to put that engine into a Mk II Escort.
Because it's all alloy, it wouldn't ruin the weight distrubution, which was/is my biggest objection to putting bigger engines into Escorts.
But I know there would be lots of issues, one of which being the physical size of the V8, apparently it JUST fits into a TC 6cyl Cortinas
engine bay, so some big modifications would be required just to fit the V8 into an Escort - if it's possible at all.
So it got me thinking about other possible engine swaps.
Most important thing, to me anyway, is making sure the weight is kept to a minimum. I know, I know, a Rotary or a turbo 4 could go in with the least hassles, but I like the idea of a NA 6 or 8. I'd like it to be a bit different to all the Mk II Engine swaps that we all hear about, SR20DETs, Turbo Rotaries, etc.
And of course, it will be driving the rear wheels.
So, with all that in mind, anybody know of any possibly canditates? P76 4.4L V8 (might be impossible due to width of engine, apparently they are pretty wide), any other alloy v8, alloy V6, any suggestions?
I would prefer to put a Ford engine in, but if there is nothing suitable, or there are better choices, then I'm open to the idea of putting in a "foreign" engine.
For the moment this is just an idea, but who knows what I might end up doing - after all, I do have two Mk II Escorts, one of which has a 1.6L Kent engine which needs to be rebuilt anyway...