Think you can’t afford to fit a Zetec into your classic Ford? Use standard management and you can — here’s how to run factory EFi.
Our Engine Swaps Made Easy guide in the June 2009 issue uncovered that it costs the fat end of four grand to swap a Zetec into virtually anything rear-wheel drive. To be fair, a whopping chunk of this is the induction and ECU because you can’t run a Zetec on standard injection can you? There is no choice but to fit either sidedraughts or throttle bodies, and this can make a two grand-sized whole in your wallet.
And when you do, there’s the fact that the master cylinders are in the way in virtually everything, meaning a bias pedal box, loads more malarkey and a phone call to a debt counsellor… Or does it? Actually no, because legendary engine transplanter, Steve Taylor is here to prove everyone wrong by doing it his way.
“Why throw away a perfectly-good fuel-injection system, which Ford spent millions on perfecting and developing, in favour of at worst, carbs or at best, a mega-expensive set of throttle bodies?”
Controversial stuff maybe, but he’s got a point and a good one, too. Let’s think for a minute — what if all you want is a car with good power that starts first time, every time — very much like your modern car sitting on the drive? What you need is the guts of said car transplanted into your classic — exactly like a standard Zetec’s EEC IV-based fuel injection system…
Yes, it does go against the grain but it’s not such a daft idea. Popular belief is that you can’t tune it — well you can. In fact, the standard fuel-injection system is good to around 155 bhp — that’s virtually a full-race Crossflow and you haven’t even taken the head off! Let alone the convenience that fuel injection brings…
Steve guided us through the process he’s chosen using a customer’s Consul Classic; a car that looks very much like a sleeper yet will catch a few out.
To view/download the full guide as a PDF, click here: How to run factory EFi in your classic Ford
This guide first appeared in the August 2009 issue of Classic Ford magazine
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