Re: My muchly melted piston!
Well, it is a fairly long story. Basically, I went to a wanker mechanic who likes my money. I needed a new car, so I took this EF into him and said hey, what you reckon? He said yep, sweet as. The head as been recently done, so that aint a problem and the box has been reco'd so you shouldn't have a problem there either.
I was stoked. So I bought it. Paid $4,200. After about a month, it was runnin real rough. Took it into him and he said - inlet manifold gasket has gone and I'm pretty sure your head gasket is goen too. Shit! that can't be cheap. He showed me how on the 6th cylinder, the fuel was leaking out through where the inlet manifold gasket should be, therefore, it was running very lean on the fourth cylinder.
He did the head and inet gaskets. $1200 later, I had what I thought was a top car, the head has been done and the box is in good nick. After about another month, the box went. I was spewing! I went to him and said hey, I need a new box, is it worth doin a 5 speed swap. He was pretty convinced it wasn't. I thought it was.
It was about this time that I stumbled onto Ford Forums which is where I found the article on how to do a 5 speed conversion. Can't recall who was responsible for this, but I do recall it was very informative. This inspired me to go to another mechanic. Askd all my mates who they take their cars to and they are happy with. So I went to this one guy who is fairly well recommended and said hmm, 5 speed conversion, who much. He said 300-450 if you supply all the parts.
I was surprised, the first guy didn't even wanna touch it, but this guy would do it for under 500! Turned out I couldn't find a 5-speed, so I just put a second hand auto in. Anyway, I'm kinda gettin off topic.
Basically, we have established that the first mechanic is a wanker. I took my car for a drive down to Brisbane to pic up an XD I bought. Was towing it back over the Gateway bridge and as I was cruising up the motorway, she stopped.
After towing the car back to Maryborough, I found that I had blown the head and melted a piston. Cause being, a small heater hose at the back of the engine. It popped, dropped all the water, engine cooked.
I later found out that heat doesn't generally melt pistons. No fuel melts pistons. So, From what I can gather, between talking to my mechanic, some mates who know a little about cars and a guy from Ford. My piston melted when I blew the inlet manifold gasket. My mechanic didn't notice it cause he's a tosser. He did the headgasket and didn't even notice a melted piston. When I ble wthe headgasket this last time, the engine got so hot, that the melted piston couldn't handle it, so it started attaching itself to the block.
That is pretty much the story. Before anyone asks, I won't be giving the name of the dodgey mechanic as I don't want to be done for defamation nor do I want him to think that I am trying to drag him down.