MGF TF K-Engine Number
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Paper sticker on the RH side of the engine with barcode and Engine Number
120PS 1.8 mpi 18K4Fxyy xxxxxx
145PS 1.8 VVC18K4Kxyy xxxxxx
120PS 1.6 mpi 16K4Fxyy xxxxxx
135PS 1.8 mpi 18K4Fxyy xxxxxx
160PS 1.8 VVC 18K4Kxyy xxxxxx
|From: Branko Victoria Australia bkrt @ westnet dot com.au on 18 February
2005 at 14:20:47 (UK time) MG
I had to recently verify my engine number.
So, I thought I would post how I went about it.
Hope this helps someone.
The "K" Series engine has its roots in the 1980s when it won government funding from politicians renowned for their dislike of state support for the manufacturing industry. The elegance of its design, with one set of bolts clamping the whole engine together, is still considered to be world class in many respects.
More amazing than its manufacture is the power output of this unit. What started out as a weight - and strength - optimised 1400cc with 1100cc younger brother has grown up through 1600cc and 1800cc variants to become the VVC (Variable Valve Control) unit developing more than twice as much power than originally planned. This goes some way towards explaining why "K" Series engines have been adopted for so many small high performance vehicles such as the Lotus Elise.
From Powertrain, Engine manufacturer
There is no cross reference of an actual engine serial number to a VIN
number from the engine number.
When Powertrain assembled engines they where assembled as complete power units including Transmission, air con compressor, wiring, and all the external trimmings. These where then transported from Powertrain up to the CAB assembly buildings and put into storage until that engine/transmission variant was required. They where then fitted to the car as complete power/transmission units. Powertrain therefore had no record of what individual engine was fitted to a vehicle by VIN.
I can however sometimes get the engine number from a VIN. Oddity of how the system was set up.
Here is a very basic breakdown of how to "read" an engine number.
For instance 18K 4FL49 244175
Now comes the good bit !
L49 = complete assembly designater ( far, far too many variants to list here )
244175= actual serial number of the unit.
Slight correction to previous comments in this thread from Robert Matthews.
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