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    Were Fiat Twin Cam Engines That Good?

    Just found out that a tuned 2.0ltr Fiat twin cam engine with Guy Croft cams/ deep dome pistons etc and twin 40's can knock out about 160 to near on 200bhp.

    Why would I bother with the Rover V8 motor for my Pop when you can get this sort of power?

    I am aware of the Ford/Chevy debates but just wondered if the Fiat engine really was/is that good?

    Am I being blinded by just was is street cred or not the done thing?

    Any thoughts guys?

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    I've justr sold a minor with a twin cam in it with R1 carbs, 160HP and revved like fook. Pulled like a train and **** all over scoobies and beemers, not many things could keep up with it. It was defo quicker that my previous rover v8 moggy but there are 3 downsides:-
    1) Noise, they just don't give you the V8 rumble.
    2) Torque, with 2 people in you certainly notice the difference
    3) Price of parts - they aren't cheap.

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    Great little engine tho :-)

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    ive got a 2l fiat twin cam motor in my 100E with fast road cams and ported head, it goes like f*#k, suck through turbo to come

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    Quote Originally Posted by fozwanger View Post
    I've justr sold a minor with a twin cam in it with R1 carbs, 160HP and revved like fook. Pulled like a train and **** all over scoobies and beemers, not many things could keep up with it. It was defo quicker that my previous rover v8 moggy but there are 3 downsides:-
    1) Noise, they just don't give you the V8 rumble.
    2) Torque, with 2 people in you certainly notice the difference
    3) Price of parts - they aren't cheap.

    Wanna chat about it, 0778 3000 949

    Great little engine tho :-)
    i drove jeff's moggie and it went like fook

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    i have a 2000cc fiat twin cam in my moggie now goes like a f*ckin cat with mustard up its arse but like they say dont sound like them v8 burbbles

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    For you twin cam fans....

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    Quote Originally Posted by fozwanger View Post
    **** all over scoobies
    Non Turbo ones I'm guessing (or the owners weren't really trying)

    No offense intended but with turbo'd GC8 engine'd models pushing anywhere between 220 (UK)-280 (import STi) bhp, they really do take some beating for a 4cyl lump.

    The Fiat Twin Cam really is a cracking engine for it's time but as stated, they are very pricey. There's some fantastic 2L modern lumps out there for very reasonable prices. Subaru, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Honda, etc to name but a few (and that's just the Jap stuff)
    Modern stuff will give you the benefit of power, economy 'and' reliability.
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    Not the STi's just the regular turbo ones, copper works as well were embarrassed on several occassions

    :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Stiff View Post
    Non Turbo ones I'm guessing (or the owners weren't really trying)

    No offense intended but with turbo'd GC8 engine'd models pushing anywhere between 220 (UK)-280 (import STi) bhp, they really do take some beating for a 4cyl lump.

    The Fiat Twin Cam really is a cracking engine for it's time but as stated, they are very pricey. There's some fantastic 2L modern lumps out there for very reasonable prices. Subaru, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Honda, etc to name but a few (and that's just the Jap stuff)
    Modern stuff will give you the benefit of power, economy 'and' reliability.
    But that's just my view.

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    I always thought they were a great little engine, suppose it depends on what you are comparing with, as said above they're are probably some better more modern units available these days to choose from. But for me the twin cam Fiat/Lancia 1600 1800 & 2000 were all very reliable, easy to work on and gave great power with both good acceleration but also great 5th gear motorway crusing. Also i was comparing the them with the Ford cross flow and pinto units at the time and the twin cam unit was a shorter and more compact option (plus ali head) and therefore eaiser to install in the engine bay and just seemed an all round better option than the ford at the time.

    A mate of mine was so impressed by the TC he ripped out his 1600 crossflow and put in a 1800TC into his MK II escort and that really did fly and was quicker than another mates MKII RS2000.
    My impression of the engine led me onto purchasing a Lancia Delta Integrale which was truly awesome.

    Hope this helps and good luck with your selection.
    Cheers
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    ive ran fiat twin cam engines in my cars for the 10 years toyota starlet lada riva estate morris minor very good engine can be pricey if using guy croft parts but you can also get over 300bhp using the right parts plus turbo ect google a friend of mine martin baker hillclimbe sprint morris minor he has only 450bhp now cheers choptop

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