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Old 07-02-2009, 07:23 PM   #1
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Default HELP! Escort MK4 van conversion

Just bought a 1991 Escort MK4 van on a 1991plate (H). Was told it was a 1.4 but log book says its a 1.3 - looks like somekind of CVH to me.......

Any way, wanted to drop an RS Turbo engine in it - but can find any guides , so Im not sure exactly what I need for the conversion or how to go about it. Thought it would be pretty straight forward......

Can anyone help??

The guy that owned it before reckonned he was going to drop an rS2000 lump in because the engine in the van has not got a dissy...... thought this would be more difficult???

Any ideas or advise?

Many thanks - Mark
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Old 08-02-2009, 01:43 PM   #2
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you need a smashed up rs turbo,possible rear end damage and basicaly change just about everything over to the van.
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:05 PM   #3
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Yeah, sounds like my best option......

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Old 08-02-2009, 04:52 PM   #4
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they did a modifiying guide in fast ford for the mk4 van about 2 years ago tells you everything you need to know
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you need a smashed up rs turbo,possible rear end damage and basicaly change just about everything over to the van.
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Old 08-02-2009, 05:06 PM   #6
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Just bought a 1991 Escort MK4 van on a 1991plate (H). Was told it was a 1.4 but log book says its a 1.3 - looks like somekind of CVH to me.......

Any way, wanted to drop an RS Turbo engine in it - but can find any guides , so Im not sure exactly what I need for the conversion or how to go about it. Thought it would be pretty straight forward......

Can anyone help??

The guy that owned it before reckonned he was going to drop an rS2000 lump in because the engine in the van has not got a dissy...... thought this would be more difficult???

Any ideas or advise?

Many thanks - Mark
i think you mit be a bit out of your leage
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Old 08-02-2009, 06:51 PM   #7
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i think you mit be a bit out of your leage
Not out of my 'league' mate!

Just never done one before - asked for some advice, not stupid remarks.

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Old 08-02-2009, 07:06 PM   #8
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hi mark, got a mk3 van myself its not hard to do as most off it bolt stright in . only few things u will have to mod, exhaust, tank, plus lower rear beam proper
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Not out of my 'league' mate!

Just never done one before - asked for some advice, not stupid remarks.

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sorry mate i dident mean to come across as rude looking back at my post i can see how you took it good luck tho i cant see how the previous owner was going to put an rs 2000 lump in it just because the engine in it does not have a dizzy none of the cvh loom will plug up to the rs engine any way but you new this of corse
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Good project always liked the idea of a RS turbo van.

This is a straight forward conversion as it will all bolt straight in the only part that may be a bit of a headache is the wiring but there is a company called the RS Centre that sell a RS Turbo conversion loom if you dont fancy doing the wiring yourself, i have never used one but sounds like it might make the jod easier.
I mate of mine did have a complete but rusty S2 for sale a couple of weeks ago that is running around 170bhp that wasnt alot of money could find out more if your interested.
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:38 PM   #11
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good luck mate, in my opinion going efi is an easier option, mfi has a load of crap nt needed, love the vans, good luck
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:01 AM   #12
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got a 90 spec complete car loom goin cheap if u decide to get all the bits seperate...
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Havent started the conversion yet, but will be adding soon
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Just been having a browse and thought about possibly going for the ZVH option. Has anyone got any experience with this type of conversion???
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they did 1300 cvh's but in mk3's

h plate will be HCS (OVH) engine
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if ur starting from scratch u should go for zetec turbo and management unless you intend to use RST mfi system then just stay 1600 cvh

zvh is cool if u already have tuned engine and want more displacement
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