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Fuddy Mucker

Pre 1984 Engines Rwd

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Hi Guys

I wonder if any of you know what other engines have the same bell housing as pre 84 626 cars and will bolt straight on to the gearbox? I beleive this you call this type an MA engine.

The reason I am asking is because I have a little 4x4 called an Asia Rocsta which Asia built using a Mazda engine from the early 626. unfortunately Asia played with the engine and made it a very underpowered 1.8 which blows head gaskets every 10,000 miles.

So to get to the point Im after changing the engine in it for something else and Im told the 2.0 626 engine has twice the power and just bolts in, unfortunately (as you guys know) these engines are hard to get hold of so Im wondering what else would fit. Is their a common upgrade people do for these (a 626 v6 engine would be nice but I dont think they did them rwd).

I know I dont own a 626 but I could really do with some guidance and where else would I find so much knowledge on 626 engines.

Cheers for now

FuddyMucker

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Hi there Fuddy. I have a spare 2 litre MA engine from a 1981 Mazda 626,

but I live in Australia, so that wouldn't be any help for you.

The MA engine is a very reliable and robust engine. I've done over 300,000

kilometres without any engine problems with the 1980 Mazda 626 I'm driving

at the moment.

There's a slight water leakage from the head gasket, so I'll probably have to

replace the gasget, but the engine is running fine, and doesn't even burn

any oil.

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I also have a spare MA, but i live in Norway.

Very very robust engine, BUT have a bad habit of breaking top end gaskets and burning oil ;) But it starts every day.

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Good news. I fixed the water leak from the head gasget by simply retensioning

the cylinder head.

An oil leak from the rocker cover was fixed by replacing the rocker cover gasget.

I also added some Roil Gold to the engine oil, and the 1980 Mazda 626 now runs

like a new car.

It doesn't burn any oil, and has no water or oil leaks.

I had the car steam cleaned underneath, and there's not a trace of oil anywhere.

The engine has plenty of power and accelerates quite well.

I took a 1981 model for a drive recently, and noticed that the air pump (included

in the 1981-1982 models ) robs a bit of power from the engine, resulting in less

zippiness, especially on hills.

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there are few modifications available for VC/MA

* racing cams (pushing the motor to 115hp) (Crow Cams is one of the companies)

* side drafts

* blow through turbo kits (hard to come by now days though)

in terms of updates the 2.2 F2 with customer turbo setup (or modified FWD setup) would be a go... i think bell-housing or gearboxes will interchange (custom prop maybe?)

the crazier would be the 3.0 V6 out of later 929/Luce (86/87+)

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I know this is an old thread, but here's a bit of info for you.

The 1st gen 626 shared the same motor as the B2000 pickup. As far as I can tell, the motors are the same, but I believe some gear ratios in the tranny are lower in the pickup. Also, the Ford Courier which was just a re-badged Mazda was available with the Ford 2.3L engine. The 2.3 was available in many other vehicles (even a turbo) and is a VERY customizable engine. The 2.3 in the Courier was mated with the same 5 speed as was available in many Mazda vehicles including the RX-7, just with a different bell housing and special flywheel on the Ford motor to mate with the Mazda clutch & tranny.

I would think a mildly customized Ford 2.3L would make a 1st gen 626 scream.

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Hi there Fuddy. I have a spare 2 litre MA engine from a 1981 Mazda 626,

but I live in Australia, so that wouldn't be any help for you.

The MA engine is a very reliable and robust engine. I've done over 300,000

kilometres without any engine problems with the 1980 Mazda 626 I'm driving

at the moment.

There's a slight water leakage from the head gasket, so I'll probably have to

replace the gasget, but the engine is running fine, and doesn't even burn

any oil.

hey do u live in Tas cause i need a complete motor for a 82 coupe, Cadet

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you could look at fitting a 1985 929 FE motor....its a bit more work, but its a better motor

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you could put the fe dohc in it they go like stink and many have been put into Mx5's(eunos/miata).I have a montrose/626 coupe and thats what I plan to do,after I finish the 1990 coupe I'm working on nowsues mitsi 020.jpgsues mitsi 037.JPG

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