I decided that I'll get myself a Fury. It'll take a month to get the funds together, but already nice to start thinking further. The ones I
have seen for sale have small carb'd engines in them. I intend to drive it that way for at least the remainder of this year, but it will need to
So my wish list:
Around 200hp would be good
Preferably COP ignition
A bit of character / high revving would be nice
The short list;
- Ford 4cyl (Duratec)
- BMW 4cyl (early N-series)
- BMW 6cyl (M52)
- Jag 6cyl (AJ30)
Ford is I think the well-known route (not for me, but in general). I am more familiar with the BMW engines. BMW 4cyl would be just to be different
The BMW 6cyl M52 is an engine I have laying around including gearboxes, ECU etc. So the cheapest of all and a very nice engine. Will need to check
whether it would have any chance of fitting. The fury doesn't seem that small, but the engine is a bit tall. If it fits it would be my #1
I think the AJ30 is the next best thing. Well a better engine I think, but surely more expensive due to having to get the engine / donor and on top an
Pricewise, comparing AJ30 vs Duratec. Would there be a reason to go Duratec?
Never seen or heard of a BMW 4or6 or the Jag in a Fury, so it'd be a road less travelled and (if they fit) you'd be breaking a lot of new
ground. Likewise s2000 where I've heard of a couple but neither finished and lots of space issues.
Plenty of zetecs and quite a few duratecs been done. Other alternatives are MX5 or combo of duratec2.5 and mx5 box.
The s2000 engine/box has been put in a striker, should be pretty similar in a fury, as with the m52 it is a tall engine so might need a modified
bonnet to fit under.
The possible sticking points are likely the transmssion tunnel will need modification for the jag/bmw gearboxes, and the 6 pot bmw engines are also
long so may interfere with the inboard suspension - that is not an easy one to work around.
Also the larger engines will not be kind on a live axle car unless it has something like an atlas axle fitted, the irs cars with a sierra axle will
take a lot more power without upgrades.
I'd be able to measure both the Fury and the M52 engine / box as soon as I have the Fury and I agree that it might rule it out. It is a tall (but
angled) and long engine.
I agree that a bike engine does seem to fit my list rather well. Also I have been looking at options for sequential boxes the last weeks, but let go
of it as the price seems steep. And for helical gears Quaife is the only option I have seen.
So my worry about a bike engine is the ability to tour with it. I can't see it being on the motorway a lot, but I do not really need to scream
when just enjoying the country roads. Maybe the exhaust can be toned down, but what about the gears? Or is that no real concern in an open car?
So besides the 'always screaming' idea I have about them they do seem to fit well. High revs, low weight, sequential box all standard.
We tour Europe regularly (covid excepted) doing between 2500+3000 miles in 9-10 days and I've done quite a few 500mile days in mine. Don't
think mine is any worse than Dave's 2lt zetec... just different.
R1 with a 3.21 Freelander diff is 7000rpm@70. Sounds a lot but is only 1/2 max rpm. Wind noise is worse than engine noise IMO. Good earplugs sort
that. Then you reach the mountains and it's all worth it...