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Old 04-06-2005, 00:46   #1 (permalink)
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Alloy block for Falcons

I've been talking to a person who's recently been through the factory at Geelong and he advises me that he's seen alloy 6 cylinder blocks. The fact that the Falcon will eventually go to an alloy block didn't surprise me, but that there are alloy blocks in Geelong now makes me wonder whether the copper head Falcon might in fact also be released with the new range of engines as well as new gear boxes. Can anyone shed any light on this subject?
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I've been talking to a person who's recently been through the factory at Geelong and he advises me that he's seen alloy 6 cylinder blocks. The fact that the Falcon will eventually go to an alloy block didn't surprise me, but that there are alloy blocks in Geelong now makes me wonder whether the copper head Falcon might in fact also be released with the new range of engines as well as new gear boxes. Can anyone shed any light on this subject?
I work in engine assembly and i've never seen one. They apparently tested a few a couple of years ago, but nothing came of it, but it would require massive investment to convert the block machining line for alloy, so it stays cast iron for a few more years yet. The difference is supposedly around 15kgs so its not a huge loss, that much weight can easily be reduced elsewhere.
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Last thing you really want is a alloy block , you should see what happens to them when you over heated one , oval the bores , it's not just whoopping the head any more , already seen a couple cooked V6's (jappa's) throw them away and buy a new engine .
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I was a regular visitor to the Ford engine, component and both casting plants more than 10 years ago. If you looked hard enough you could always find an alloy block or two.
That didn't meant they were for eventual production or even a Ford product, they were just there.
Ford in Australia has cast alloy blocks for concept and show cars as well as pulling the opposition products to bits.
The QA area within the engine plant often had engines and components from other brands for comparison testing.
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Subaru had a lot of problems with alloy blocks becoming porous in their early days.
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