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  1. The one I had in my Granada was torquey enough to smash the differential! But yes, the Zetec was a better unit.
  2. The I4 was originally indeed intended to be a 16v, if you've ever seen one with the head off the pistons each have four little cut-outs as you would find in a 16v engine, I also read that the reason the spark plugs are fitted from the side rather than the top is because it was also intended to be a twin spark engine with another set of plugs on the other side. Ford did put a 16v version later on into the mk5 RS2000 Escort and 2.3 Scorpio.
  3. A guy in the street where I lived growing up had a burgundy 2.4 Ghia and I can remember seeing a black (or possibly dark grey) 2.4 Ghia X about at the same time too. Ford only used it for a very short period before replacing it with the 'I4' DOHC 2.0 litre which funnily enough also made 125bhp (in injection form). I had a mk3 2.0 GLX, still miss it now!
  4. ^^^Yep, I had the output of the later (and very rare!) 2.4 in my head. The 2.8 despite being 700cc and a pair of cylinders smaller than a Rover V8 could match it for power.
  5. ^^^That is what I was trying to explain, when I did mine though the heatshield didn't want to sit tight against the blanking plate so I had to pack the gap out with a few washers on each bolt between the heatshield and blanking plate.
  6. They did indeed get Cortinas in Aus with big straight six lumps, In New Zealand they were available with the Essex V6 (and you could get a v8 Granada there), the lucky barstewards! *My Ford nerd side is showing again....
  7. I'm pretty sure the 2.3's were actually around 125bhp. And I can remember 2.0 pinto powered Sierras and Granadas being considered quick cars, how times change indeed.
  8. As said, your Cortina would have been a 2.3, although someone could have fitted a 2.8 and you wouldn't be able to tell just by looking at it. And it sounds like your Transit probably had a sticky float valve and/or a timing issue, when I first got the previously pictured Sierra running it was leaking petrol everywhere from the top of the carb, how it didn't catch fire I don't know!
  9. This doesn't really explain things much better but it may help;
  10. I had that issue when I removed the egr on my 330d, that bracket is actually a heat shield and will come off if you give it a good tug as it's just clipped on at the other end, however, the heat from the turbo will probably melt the airbox above so I wouldn't advise it. My solution was to use longer bolts and refit the heatshield where it should and use washers to pack out the gap between the heatshield and blanking plate. It was a bit of a mission as you need about three hands to get the washers on the bolts without them dropping into the under tray.
  11. Fecks sake, I noticed a dent on my car yesterday where someone has opened a door into it which wound me right up. ^^That must have pissed you right off. Edit; It wasn't a scaffolding wagon was it? One managed to rip the back bumper off my missus little Picanto a while back...
  12. My previously mentioned Cavalier had a worn inner cv joint, if I went round a roundabout a bit too enthusiastically it would try and pop out and the whole car would start vibrating, I had to sharply steer back to the left to pop it back in.
  13. The 'old' ohv engines were way better than the cvh, nasty rough, coarse, noisy thing. And they liked to chew camshafts up for fun.
  14. I have repaired quite badly damaged ones (like actual big chunks missing!) with fibreglass and filler before now rather than buy another set of the pattern ones. SE ones will fit too but you end up with a bit of a gap in the front corner where they meet the bumper.
  15. It may be your timing chain tensioner, I was getting vanos fault codes on my old 535i and a new tensioner cured it. I assume that it was no longer tensioning the chain enough which was allowing the timing to drift slightly and triggering the fault codes. Timing chain tensioners are easy enough to change and not that expensive, I would try a new one just to rule it out.