en­gine swaps

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Mot Changes -

The in­for­ma­tion from the De­part­ment For Trans­port (DFT) states: “Al­ter­na­tive cu­bic ca­pac­i­ties of the same ba­sic en­gine and al­ter­na­tive orig­i­nal equip­ment en­gines are not con­sid­ered a sub­stan­tial change. If the num­ber of cylin­ders in an en­gine is dif­fer­ent from the orig­i­nal, it is likely to be, but not nec­es­sar­ily, the case that the cur­rent en­gine is not al­ter­na­tive orig­i­nal equip­ment.” So, fit­ting a 2.0-litre Pinto en­gine into an Es­cort Mk2 ap­pears to be OK, be­cause these en­gines are re­garded as al­ter­na­tive orig­i­nal equip­ment, but fit­ting a Ford Zetec wouldn’t be, de­spite it be­ing a more mod­ern and po­ten­tially less pol­lut­ing en­gine. There are some grey ar­eas – say, chang­ing the 1.8-litre four­cylin­der B-series en­gine in an MGB GT for a Rover V8 should be within the rules of ex­emp­tion be­cause this en­gine was fit­ted to the MGB GT V8.

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