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SVO: RE: Miscelleny!!
1. Do they sell a 16V head for the 2.3? And if so, anyone have any
experience with them? Performance gains? Interaction with the
For the record,
Paul is right. There were three of these pieces made under the program. Roush
worked on a different program, but his was more for his racing effort (2.3l
GTU XR4ti) than for use in Ford's passenger car line. One of the heads
appeared on a mid-engine prototype in 1987. That car was on the cover of Car
and Driver in about the June or July Issue, But I have long since lost it. On
one of the "test" runs with an editor, the cam belt broke and preceded to
increase the weight of the oil pan with pieces of the pistons. The head and
the motor were destroyed. The car boasted 285 HP and a redline of 8000 RPM. If
I recall that was on 10 Lbs of boost and no intercooler due to the constraints
of the body it was in.
The piece that found it's way into our hands (It helps to have friends in low
places) was head number 2. After spending several years with the engine
development group, it was transferred to the truck group for testing. They
created a bastardized intake and changed the valve configuration to uneven
The third head is in Detroit, at the engineering development shop locked away
with all of the other "really neat sh*t" that Ford made but never produced.
Conversations with several of the engineer's of the program lead us to believe
that the head worked very well until the truck group mucked with it and
screwed up the port configuration. With any luck we'll have it back the way it
belongs some day in the future.
The way the story was told to Lee and I, After spending time with the truck
group, It was packed in a crate and sent by carrier back to ford HQ to be
destroyed. Some where along he way it was intercepted (remember that friend in
a low place). With a phone call and 3000 miles of driving, it's now packed
safely away waiting for Lee or I to hit the lottery.
The head is made up of 3 major components. The combustion and valve train,
which is a zakspeed piece from the early '80's (remember the Mustang GTP) the
cam carrier, which is an amazing feat of workmanship, Hand made out of a
single billet. and the cam cover. Another feat of machining. I'll try to go
through my pictures and scan them in. Maybe if Dave's a nice guy he'll post
them on his web.
Now some one help me down off the soap box, I'm getting dizzy up here. Weber
has left the building.