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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-11-2008 Thread Starter
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Question 1999 Mustang Cobra Ford Racing Crate Engines

Do they have the "Performance Fix" of later 2001 Mustang Cobras?

I bought a Cobra 32V crate engine from Ford Racing Performance Parts. The motor was sold later than 2001, so I was assuming the engine would have the "performance fix" consisting of a new lower intake manifold and other parts that Ford introduced for the 2001 Cobras after the 1999 cars didn't achieve the promised power. The issue was big enough to cancel the Cobra for the 2000 model year.
As far as I have learned from researching, the difference between "unfixed" 1999 Cobra motors and "fixed" ones (and 2001-up) can be told from the belt routing, as a revised routing with an extra idler pulley was part of the upgrade package for 1999 cars.
My crate engine definitely has the early 1999 routing. Does this really mean my engine does NOT have the performance fix introduced for 2001 and as a retrofit kit for the 1999 Cobras? If it does, I am disappointed with Ford Racing as they kept selling these motors in 2001 and later without the performance "fix", and without TELLING customers that they are not getting the latest design and the crate engine will be low on power also...
-a- Is the pulley routing the only and safe way of telling if the motor has the performance fix or not? I have also read about a color dot on the intake manifold indicating the fixed parts...
-b- Did Ford Racing really sell the obsolete parts with their crate engines? Anybody else heard of that??


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-03-2008
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1999 Mustang Cobra Ford Racing Crate Engines

There wasn't an extra idler, just a smaller one. Also changed was the muffler and the intake manifold was supposed to be replaced with an interally polished one (I believe that the dealer that did the work on mine just put the dot on the cover and did not change out the intake !). I'm waiting to accumulate enough $$$$ to pay for a new engine due to the crappy (piston knock) original that is in my 1999.


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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-05-2008
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That really sucks that they would pull that **** with you. Sorry for your HP loss.
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