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Are 701M blocks actually worth anything more?

PostPost by: berni29 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 8:24 pm

Hi

I have been looking at some +2's, with a view to purchase recently, and one has a rebuilt engine with new standard size QED pistons. It is a 701M block. What extra value, if any, should I ascribe to it having that block?

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Mon Sep 13, 2021 8:41 pm

If it's a 701 'L' block then they are quite rare, being used mainly on Escort Twincams. If it's a 701 non-'L' block then it's common! I don't know the values though.

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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Sep 13, 2021 8:52 pm

Elanintheforest wrote:If it's a 701 'L' block then they are quite rare, being used mainly on Escort Twincams.......
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Mark, all later Elan & Elan +2 Blocks are also 701M L blocks...
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PostPost by: berni29 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 8:56 pm

Hi Guys

Thank you for the replies. It seems it does not make much difference to the value. My search for the "right" car continues!

All the best

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:07 pm

pharriso wrote:
Elanintheforest wrote:If it's a 701 'L' block then they are quite rare, being used mainly on Escort Twincams.......
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Mark, all later Elan & Elan +2 Blocks are also 701M L blocks...


Oh yes Phil, I had my Ford hat on then! Any idea when the 701 started to be used on Elans? I've had 3 1970 Elans and a '71 Plus 2 all of which had 681 blocks. One of the Elans and the Plus 2 may well have had replacement engines though!

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