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Can anyone tell me what the differences are between the black top and silver top V6 engines.

I'm in the process of buying one or the other to rebuild as a spare and need to know if the silver top is any better than the black top.

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Huh! When you say V6 do you mean standard V6 and ST200 V6. As I know my 200 is black but my 24 was silver (ok more grey than silver) I didn't know the standard V6 came in two different covers.
 

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do you mean the cam covers ?didnt the early v6 have silver & black on the later ones. i could be wrong though
 

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My Jan 2000 ST24 has silver (grey, metal) cam covers...
 

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MK1 and early mk2 are black tops,later mk2's are silver tops(can't remember the exact date they started)St200's are black tops....

If theres any difference between the two I'd guess it would electrics...
 

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my st24 on a r plate has black rocker tops and im planning swapping the heads when i do the gaskets so i bought two heads off a t reg cougar with 67k on them but these also have the silver rocker tops. mondeymanv6 said its to do with the year of the car (black tops pre 97 and silver tops 97 onwards) i also looked at my mates t reg ghia x mondeo on a t reg and his are silver tops aswell so id like to know if there is any difference aswell before i get my new heads skimmed etc!.
 

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mines a 98 & has silver cam covers so i dont know tbh
 

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Big Megger
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my
96 p is black
97 r is silver
98 s is silver
 

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njsmith said:
my
96 p is black
97 r is silver
98 s is silver
Greedy :D
 

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The 200's had black cam covers, but was probably just so it matched the inlet!

To be honest, I don't think there were any differences were there? Maybe they decided to save on some paint! The only thing that I can think of is that later cars had thinner cam chains, but cannot for the life of me remember when that was introduced!
 

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according to ceg the thinner cams were apparently introduced late 99's.
 

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Don't know of any differences myself, although it would be interesting to find out as i've got a set of silvertop heads here waiting to go on my blacktop engine..
 

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as far as i know there is no diffrence , it just marks the production date of the engine its self with black being a older engine , with silver being the the newr lump, then st200 went to black to match the UIM , thats why most HG probs happen to the black tops ( not st200 , donty miss rerad it ) but then mine is silver and that went :}
 

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silver cam covered engines have thiner timing chains,there were other differences IIRC.
 

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you say that silver tops have thinner timing chains but when i went to fords to verify that the cams and heads i have bought were in fact genuine i asked them if the timing chains will differ and they said that the timing chains are the same for all v6s and also the cams stayed the same for std v6s.
 

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njsmith said:
you say that silver tops have thinner timing chains but when i went to fords to verify that the cams and heads i have bought were in fact genuine i asked them if the timing chains will differ and they said that the timing chains are the same for all v6s and also the cams stayed the same for std v6s.
as said you are right , i think the mk1 was diffrent in that mark but no diffrence on the mk2 version :L
 
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