Ford V6 3.0 Essex "The big six"

Discussion in 'Capri Chit Chat' started by Mr Anthony Baldwin, 24 July 2018.

  1. Mr Anthony Baldwin

    Mr Anthony Baldwin Established Member Capri Power Member

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    Hello,

    I am new here and would like to know more about the Ford Essex engine 3.0 V6

    I have recently purchased a Ford Cortina MKIII XLE 3.0 V6 Essex known as the Big SIX.

    As this car was imported I can't find much information, however I have been advised that this engine was fitted to the Ford Capri, possibly the MKIII ????

    Can anyone help with finding out more information on this engine? Is there a Haynes manaul that covers the engine as the car body is not a Capri.

    Any guidance would be appreciated.

    Regards and thanks - Tony in East London
     
  2. Lord Flasheart

    Lord Flasheart Registered Capri Power Member

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    trevster mk 2 Registered Capri Power Member

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    sounds like a rare car you have there Anthony, i know the Cortina Savage had the Essex V6 , as above a pretty bomb proof engine the weak spot being the fibre timing gear which can be swapped for steel or alloy, plenty of info about, Ric Wood is a specialist with these, equally i'm sure the traders on here would also be of great assistance
    would love to see some photo's of your beast
     
  4. PaulG

    PaulG Registered Capri Power Member

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    I think the MK3 Cortina with the 3.0 Essex would have been South African built. As Trevor says the timing gear can strip its teeth and another weak spot is the oil pump drive shaft which runs from the bottom of the distributor down to the oil pump. These are readily available and not very expensive or difficult to fit so long as the distributor isn't corroded and seized into the block. It would pay to fit a new one before the engine loses its oil pressure to be honest.

    The Capri 3000 or Consul/Granada MK1 Haynes manual will cover the engine.
     
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    fordperv Registered Capri Power Member

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    Is The car red by any chance?
     
  6. PenelopesMaster

    PenelopesMaster Registered Capri Power Member

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    No excuse for no pics now ;)
     

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