November 15, 2008 at 10:22 pm #232477
I have a ’52 MG TD roadster rep with a Ford Pinto engine in it. What are the clues to engine size on the engine?
Jennifer WilliamsNovember 15, 2008 at 10:36 pm #237807Paul MossbergKeymaster
Here is the web site for the Ford Pinto Car Club of America.
If you don’t find the info from the TD fans on this site, I bet the Pinto fans can help!
Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
2005 Intermeccanica Roadster
If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)November 16, 2008 at 4:34 pm #237808GeoffreyParticipant
I also have a pinto engine in my MG. Mine is a 2.3 liter, I bet yours is too!
If you know what year of pinto the engine came from you could try a chiltons manual from the auto part store too.
Good LuckNovember 16, 2008 at 6:57 pm #237809
Most likely it’s a 2.3 Liter. The web sites for the Pinto and Mustang II gang will give you some guidance to make sure.
Once you’re sure, check Amazon for a manual. (I prefer Haynes manuals, much more detailed, IMO)
Also check out sites listed under the search for 2.3 Liter Ford such as Racer Walsh and Esslinger, for aftermarket performance mods if you’re interested in such things. These engines are used even now for sprint and some drag boat racers, so parts are available from basic to upgrades.
RingoNovember 18, 2008 at 12:36 am #237810
Not getting much joy from the Pinto site, signed up but they still haven’t approved me yet! (Wonder what I did to offend them?!?)
Will try the others you suggested, Ringo. Not that interested in performance unless it involves reducing gas consumption, up here in Canada it’s EXPENSIVE compared to you over the Line.
Will follow up
TTFN JenniferNovember 18, 2008 at 9:21 am #237811
Checked my manuals and the quickest way to tell size on the Pinto (Lima) engine is by the oil filler cap. On the 2.0 L it’s at the front of the engine, on the 2.3 L it’s at the back of the valve cover. (closest to the driver). There’s other ways but this is the most obvious.
Sorry I didn’t check these sooner. Hope it helps.
RingoNovember 18, 2008 at 12:11 pm #237812
Well I’m blowed, looks like I’ve got a 2.3!!!!
Thanks X 1,000,00 Ringo!!
TTFN JenniferNovember 18, 2008 at 12:32 pm #237813
Good news, since those engines appeared in vehicles up to the 90s. They appeared in everything from Mustangs to Rangers to Aerostars. Most replacement parts are easily available at any auto part chain stores. They run well and are almost bullet proof. Almost any shop worth it’s salt has working knowledge of them so it’s not such a chore to find a mechanic.
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