Romeo vs. Windsor

Discussion in '96-04 - 2V Specific' started by delling3, Nov 11, 2020.

  1. delling3

    delling3 Active Member

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    So, what is the best (easiest) way of knowing if you have a Romeo or Windsor 4.8 2V? I am finding conflicting information.

    My car is a 1996. The VIN has an "X" as the eighth digit. From what I found on the LMR website, I take this to mean it has a Windsor motor. Is this correct?
     
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    lwarrior1016 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    Easiest way is counting the cam cover bolts. The Windsor’s have 13/14 bolts. The romeos have 11 I think. I don’t think the mustangs ever got Windsor npi engines.
     
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    Nope. They started windsors in 99
     
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    Good to know. I am getting ready to start tearing down the top end for a cam swap, and I was worried that the cam gears might be the pressed on type (Windsor). Knowing it's a Romeo eliminates that worry.
     
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    Most definitely bolt on cams.
     
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    Are you doing a teardown of the front too or just gonna slip them in?

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    Look for REP or WEP on the valve cover stickers

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    Tear down. Chains, guides, and tensioners, water pump. Swapping in a PI intake at the same time.
     
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    Why not pi head swap it also?

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    Agree with adding the heads. Pretty easy to find a set on fb or ebay.
     
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    Yeah! Im with these guys! Be sure to use mustang cams! Car runs like a mad man!!
     
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    Budget just doesn't allow the head swap. If I was going to go that route, I figure a couple hundred bucks for the heads, then the costs for a machine shop to do a clean up on the heads, head gaskets, bolts, and I am easily in for $600-$1000 just for the heads. I picked up a FRPP intake from PinkieT and a set of Bullet Cams for the NPI engine from OLD H2S. I am not sure what this will all add up to HP-wise, but I will have to be satisfied with this, cuz I got other things I want to spend money on.
     
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    yes, you're right, it snowballs easily.