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What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?

1600cc
10 (6.3%)
2000cc
52 (32.9%)
2300cc
88 (55.7%)
2800cc
8 (5.1%)

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What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« on: September 04, 2012, 09:22:37 PM »
Stock engine guys...  Love those V8s though...
I'm a 2000cc guy..
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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2012, 11:02:15 PM »
My Ruby's 1600 speaks for itself... built Ford tough! ;D
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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2012, 02:35:02 PM »
I can't imagine enjoying a 1.6 or 2.0, cause I know how sluggish the 2.3 was. However, I must say I have never driven a Pinto that did not have the 2.3...
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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2012, 08:54:42 PM »
You're right Becky, the 1600 was a damn good engine that came straight from the english ford Cortina's. The 2000 would spank a 2300 hands down.
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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2012, 01:16:39 AM »
I had a 2000 in a 72 when it was new, with only a header it was the fastest 4 cyl of its time.

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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2012, 11:20:14 AM »
2.3 for me... That's just because that is the only engine any of my Pintos have had.
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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2012, 11:52:35 AM »
2.3 for me... That's just because that is the only engine any of my Pintos have had.

That 2.0 L is the metaphorical small block "chevy" of the English tuner crowd. Too bad it's so detuned in U.S. Trim. But have dollars? problem solved!
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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2012, 08:54:17 PM »
I once spent two grand just on head work for a 2.0, That sucker was a blast. Was in my first Pinto. A blue 73 Wagon. A lot of people swore it was a V8 the way it ran. I miss that car.
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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2012, 11:36:36 PM »
I would have to say the 2000cc ! It's just fun out pulling the tuner cars with my 73 wagon.
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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2014, 05:46:03 PM »
because of less emissions the 2.0 had more hp than2.3.2.8 has i think the same as 2.3 but more tq.
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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2014, 06:42:20 PM »
2.3 because the EFI Turbo is at the top,( fit right in  my Pinto) note if you add the 2.0 twin cam turbo ( not legal in some states) then I'd say the 2.0 twin cam turbo.......I mean really if there was something wrong with the 2.3m, Ford would have killed it after the gas crisis , instead of using it for what almost 30 years.  Like the Chevy I-4 in Vega. AKA.  the self melting engine.

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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2014, 05:44:06 PM »
2.0, all day.

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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2014, 02:03:46 PM »
2.0 for me.  They are screamers.  Add a aluminum flywheel, driveshaft, and T-5 tranny and you won't have to even soup up motor.  high 14's all day and get 32 mpg at 70mph.

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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2015, 07:56:52 PM »
Stock production engine I would have to go with the 2.0l in a 72 Runabout with a 4-speed. They respond to simple mods well...carb, header and exhaust make them a screamer!

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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2015, 09:29:33 AM »
have to say 71 with 4 speed , I think 71 and 72 have the highest compression , then they started to lower close to 73 and last year 74,  had the stock 3.55 rear end gears ,D-60-13s ,headers with 2" pipe to the back and a re-curved distributor , and one of the first crain cams that cam out , the early 240Z guys always hatted me  :)
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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2015, 10:37:47 AM »
I personally favor the 2.8.. but I prefer the 74-makes & later.. they were the engines made in Cologne, Germany & contracted by Ford.. I favor these mostly because I have a good idea of what they can be built to do & are capable of.. "Pound for Pound", only the 302's can be built to get better numbers than the built 2.8 Cologne engines. Then put some very good/matching gearing & tire-ratio behind it, & these cars simply will scream!

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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2015, 10:03:38 PM »
That is what I have in my pinto , but warmed up a tad , and used a Bronco II 2.9 crank in it , now wished I just used the whole 2.9 , but check out my photos of it in the pinto members gallery, one the would be nice and a bolt in on the pinto is the 2.9 24 valve cossworth ,
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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2015, 11:30:53 PM »
In 1979 I lived in Israel on kibbutz.  I rode to work everyday in a 12 passenger ford van with a 2.0. I can not tell you anything about that engine as I was not knowledgeable about mechanics at the time. It could handle a full load with no trouble.

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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2015, 12:26:38 PM »
Hello Everyone..

It may please some here to know.. that the Ford 2000cc engines were also made in Germany! ;)
I thought there was something good about those engines.. well, along with the later supplied 2.8l,(V-6 engines.. 74 and later), these were made in Colonge Germany,(known for they're iron casting foundries & milling/assembly plants).

That's maybe another reason they hold up so well to the turbo-pressures.. :D

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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2016, 07:18:01 AM »
well...had all of the engines at some point in my first generation trunk, hatch and wagon bodied Pintos! Love the small bumper cars...all engines have good features...the 1600cc Kent was a tought! the 2000cc would rev like crazy...the 2.3L carb turbo was amazing. the 2800cc sounded good and lots of low end torque! Now, I have to say...the best sounding engine is the V8! Hands Down!
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Re: What Stock Engine was the best in your opinion?
« Reply #20 on: November 04, 2016, 02:37:53 AM »
I loved the 2800, you could do a lot of overbore here, and keep fuel mileage by adding the 5200 carb, a beautiful pair of black headers, and a Borg-Warner T-5 transmission, I remember not having a garage, so I did the tranny change in K-Mart Parking Lot.........  DAAANNNG  was she hot.....  the first night I had her out on a Cruise, someone cut-me-off I almost crashed, I did a 180 right there on the street (moving) Man that girl was a monster drive.......  Now here it is 45 years later........  all I can do is SMILE
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