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Cortina 2000 back to 1600?

 
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angliagt



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:19 pm    Post subject: Cortina 2000 back to 1600? Reply with quote

I'd like to know how hard it is to do.I've had a few
problems with the 2 litre,having had the rear main seal leak,
& not knowing if I did any damage to the engine getting it home.
I have a 1600 engine,with 41,000 miles on it,almost
ready to go,so I'm thinking maybe it'd be the best thing to do.

- Doug
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Brett Wilkie



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you talking about the converted Mk2 wagon? If so, you have to see how the original conversion was done. Was the 2 litre connected to a Cortina trans with its hydraulic clutch or was it dropped in with a pinto type trans with a cable clutch?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cortina MKIII transmission,with a cable.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know my gearboxes well but I would have assumed a Pinto and Cortina 2 litre might have used the same box??? My experience is limited with this conversion, I did a conversion many years ago by putting a 2 litre onto a Cortina 3 rail box in a 105e and that involved a little bit of parts mixing. I more recently broke a Pinto 1600 for its bits and from what I can see I assume again that the 1600 could replace a 2 litre as a direct bolt in on the bell housing if you are keeping the present gearbox. You might have to use a Pinto 1600 flywheel and starter motor? I recall when I took the Pinto apart that my flywheel and starter where different to a Mk2 Cortina, also the 2 litre block is about a quarter inch wider at the engine mount lug than an older 1600 but the same as a 711m so you can use the same mounts.
I am curious, is your 2 litre in your Cortina from a Pinto (front bowel sump) or a mk3 Cortina (rear bowl sump)?
How bad is your 2 litre that you want to replace it? It might be easier to just fix it if you are pulling it out anyway?
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