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2.0 or 2.3 Pinto
« on: January 28, 2017, 09:24:34 AM »
I just recently bought a 1974 Ford Pinto engine and transmission. The guy I bought it from said it was a 2.0L but when I got new spark plugs they were not the right size. The ones that I have in there right now are Prestolite 14GRF32 which are skinnier and have more thread than the new ones that I got for a 2.0L. I did more research and found out that I need the spark plugs for the 2.3L. I was also looking into a carburetor rebuild kit and the number on my carburetor matched the number that the 2.0L rebuild kit was for.
I can't find a number on the engine block, and don't know what else could tell me whether it is a 2.0 or 2.3. I am trying to order parts, so any help would be appreciated.

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Re: 2.0 or 2.3 Pinto
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2017, 10:39:38 AM »
If the oil filter is near the front of the engine it a 2.0. If its near the back its a 2.3.
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Re: 2.0 or 2.3 Pinto
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2017, 10:47:21 AM »
If you got a 2.0 the oil filler cap will be a push on cap in the front of the engine , the 2.3 cap is in the rear and a twist on ,  the oil filter location for he 2.0 is in the front of the engine mount , the 2.3 is in the rear of it , the 2.0 distributor is made by Bosch, the 2.3 is autolight , last if the engine has never been touched the 2.0 block is painted black , the 2.3 is blue . Best yet post a photo and we can ID it for you  ;D
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Re: 2.0 or 2.3 Pinto
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2017, 11:10:34 AM »
I can't load pics right now for some reason. The engine is blue, with a twist on oil-filler cap at the rear of the valve cover, and the oil filter is underneath and behind the carburetor. I found these numbers under the exhaust manifold: D6EE-6015-AA, and 7C04 with a 4 in front the plate it was on.
Is it possible for the 2.3 to have the carburetor from the 2.0? The carb that is on there is a Holley R 6976.

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Re: 2.0 or 2.3 Pinto
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2017, 03:01:21 PM »
I have the same question, but where in the vin does it designate a 2.3 engine? My donor car is a 1980 Pinto

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Re: 2.0 or 2.3 Pinto
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2017, 06:26:18 PM »
 If the oil filter is at the rear and it has a carburetor it is a 2.3 ford engine, plain and simple.
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Re: 2.0 or 2.3 Pinto
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2017, 06:36:24 PM »
Ok thanks, I just wasn't sure because the guy I bought it from said it was a 2.0 and I think the carburetor is also from a 2.0
Thanks for the help

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Re: 2.0 or 2.3 Pinto
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2017, 11:14:41 AM »
You have to remember that these things are over 40 years old, odds are very good that some stuff has been changed over the years, like the carburator. You can't assume it is all original at this point.
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Re: 2.0 or 2.3 Pinto
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2017, 11:48:12 AM »
You have to remember that these things are over 40 years old, odds are very good that some stuff has been changed over the years, like the carburator. You can't assume it is all original at this point.
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Re: 2.0 or 2.3 Pinto
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2017, 08:44:59 PM »
The 5200 carburetors were used from 71 until sometime in the 90's in one form or another for a lot 9f cars, fords and other makes..pintos mustang ii, ranger. . As long as the base bolt pattern and linkage fits the carbs will work interchangeabl y .. BUT there were several jet combos depending upon the engine and smog. One of the problems with a "rebuilt" carb is that there was so much interchangeabi lity that often the jetting is off and with the early cars, often the jets need to be bored out a bit... you might need to go to a carb shop where they have jet reamers and open the jets till the car runs well. I have a 73 2.0 that had a "rebuilt" carb that stumbled really badly on acceleration..  i had the main jet opened up about .010 and it runs fine now.. there is no way to estimate what you need to do with th3 jets till you experiment and test drive.
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