I don't think you can qualify this reasoning. The 170/200 CID was a pushrod
engine. The 2.3 is an OHC engine. Even if they took the 170 block and
shaved 2 cylinders off it, the OHC is a radical departure and goes far
beyond being based on an inline six pushrod engine.
Ford has had several 2.3 engines. The 2.3 HSC in the Tempo/Topaz and the 2.5
in the Taurus was a push rod engine and of very similar design to the in
line six passenger car engine, but this engine line was designed for front
wheel drive applications only. It was never in a rear wheel drive car. Then
there is the 2.3 overhead cam engine found in rear wheel drive vehicles. Fox
platform cars, mini pick-ups like ranger and in early Aero-stars.
Heh... dont worry, scroob.
We've all done the same.
For the life of me, cant recall what an early 80's topaz would be. Sorta
like trying to remember what a badged Capri really was.
the tempo/topaz version using the pushrod 2.3 HSC engine was introduced in
Build date could be 83
The topaz I initally was talking about is an 83 with a carburorated 4
banger with a 5 speed. Of course it's falling apart (looks rough, runs
great), and it's not like its a well sought after high performance
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