RossD PowerDork
6/3/15 8:40 a.m.

I found an industrial 1.3 liter Ford engine for pretty damn cheap. What's the value for the Kent block/head/spinning bits to any of the racing folks? Is the 1.3 liter able to be bored out? Is it different than the 711M block?

Worthless? Full of Worth? Worth the $150 they guys asking for it and the floor space in my shed? I don't actually have a use for it, but it intrigues me.

jimbbski Dork
6/3/15 8:54 a.m.

There may be some value to a vintage racer using the smaller Kent engine but I don't know of any. Also I don't know if it can be bored out. The 1.6L block (711M) can be iffy in some cases when going over .060. Some can be bored to .090 for a 1.7L, but not all due to core shift, but I just don't know about the 1.3L?

RossD PowerDork
6/3/15 9:01 a.m.

I did some googling and it looks like the 1.3 might just be a shorter stroke.

iceracer PowerDork
6/3/15 11:15 a.m.

Most of those were used in skid steers etc.

AMECs snow cat has one.

HappyAndy UberDork
6/3/15 11:32 a.m.

My, admittedly limited, experience is that they are orphaned bastards and very hard to get service parts for. A client of mine had one in a floor scrubber. The thing overheated and cracked the head. We could not find a suitable replacement, and a regular Kent head wouldn't work. It might have been able to bolt on, but it was incompatible with the rest of the hardware it needed to work with.

Knurled UltimaDork
6/3/15 1:07 p.m.
RossD wrote: I did some googling and it looks like the 1.3 might just be a shorter stroke.

I thought ALL Kents had the same bore, it was just the stroke that changed.

Or maybe I'm thinking of a different old Ford engine.

jimbbski Dork
6/3/15 4:16 p.m.

Further checking tells me that the bores are the same, 1.3 and the 1.6 blocks. The difference is the deck height. The 1.6 being taller.

oldtin UberDork
6/3/15 5:13 p.m.

Fwiw new bare kent blocks for the vintage ford crowd are available for about $2000.

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