some of you might remember my thread detailing my experiences with removing the stock auto slush-box out of my EB Falcon and whacking a manual tranny into it :)
well, after that was completed, we set to working out why it was blowing so much smoke. After testing MAP/O2 sensors, plugs, wiring, ECU and dizzy, we had a quick look at the oil..... and it was as runny as water
my face dropped, my wallet upped and ran away
so off comes the head, and out comes the block and the slugs. What we found, was that on #4 cylnder, the rings were mis-aligned, and anyone who has ever seen rings will know what i mean, and so oil and fuel have been mixing since it rolled off the floor at ford. The car only has 160,000 on the clock, and the head was looking very black and gummed up
the head was sent down to the local ford tech-head here in my parts, who said he would rather spend the time and money fixing it rather than just exchanging, because my current head is still very strong alloy and not 'soft' as they tend to do with alot of Kms on it..... $800 later my head has new valve guides, valve seats and valve grind and a whole lot of other stuff that obviously costs spondoolies :(
this weekend, we are screwing it all back together and getting it up and running again. While the engine is out, we are replacing the big end bearings, thrust bearing, rings, timing chain and honing it out and giving it all a really good clean
but its not all bad news :)
went and finalised my new car speaker setup for the beast, and its getting fitted monday morning :D
2x12" Type S subs/2x220w ?? ( i think ) V12 amp/alpine S splits (with the diffusers) and some 6 inch rounds in the back, all alpine, with sound deadening in the doors and all new speaker wiring and 6 gauge power wiring all installed... there goes another $1600....
and arriving into my boot monday afternoon, should be a set of lowered shocks/springs for all 4 corners and a camber kit to fix the bloody wheel alignment ... another $700
then, i think ill save up for some nice 17" mags (EL GT? - any suggestions?) and maybe a boot lip spoiler
here are some pics of my sad and sorry engine... look at the crud on the #4 piston... makes me squirm :(
you guys will get some pics of my beast once its lowered :D
the XR6T clutch is great, its very heavy but it bites so hard, we are putting in a strenthened thrust bearing because with such a HD clutch, it will tend to put more pressure on this bearing and it will show signs of 'play' alot quicker
i wont be selling the stezza in a hurry :p im lucky in that i am getting paid very well at the moment, but im doin ~60hrs a week which is making things tough
as far as head work is concerned, very limited... replacing anything that needs to be, and will look at things like camshafts and the like when my bank account recovers
PS - TQE parts??? please explain :)
__________________ The Nemesis EB GLi
Mods : Clear indicators/side repeaters, Smartlock, Factory Cruise Control, Manual Conversion, S-Pack Cluster, Heavy Duty Clutch, Lukey Extractors/2.5 Inch piping/Single Lukey Muffler, Lovells lowered springs and lowered shocks
Stereo : Pioneer DEH-P5650MP HU, Alpine TypeS 6' Splits, Alpine TypeS 6' 2-Ways, Alpine TypeS 12' Subs (2), Alpine 2Ch V12 Amp all stealth installed
TQE means three quarter engine. Its a terms that devoted fans use. Most of the time they really do prefer V8's but don't want to admit it. They call themselves TQE Operators. The V8 boys call themselves TQE Owners Enough of my shit stirring I think :s5
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