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Old 07-31-2004, 03:33   #1 (permalink)
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Question i know that this aint ford related, but hey need advice

a mate of mine has a corrolla with a 4kc motor, the problem is he brought this car 2 wks ago and now it has done the head gasket.

the big question is have any of you done one or know what problems there are with these heads, where they corode ect.....
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Old 07-31-2004, 05:07   #2 (permalink)
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Re: i know that this aint ford related, but hey need advice

I have had a 83 corona basically since new

Problems with them have been timing chain, radiator and auto.

Nothing else that I have heard
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Re: i know that this aint ford related, but hey need advice

They are alittle like most motors with iron block and alloy head..The different expansion rates of the two metals puts fatigue on head bolts on each heat cycle..
Yep pull head off check head for straightnes skim alittle of surface, new head gasget [get the correct one!!] NEW head bolts.. Torque or turn to specs...
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Re: i know that this aint ford related, but hey need advice

i have been quoted $400 for a recon head, worst case scenrio, hopefully it is just the head gasket, will find out tommorow and post up my findings.

have you found any other reliability problems with yours laminge, or basically just age/wear and tear?
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Re: i know that this aint ford related, but hey need advice

the head had corroded through on #3, so just get it rewelded and machined, be like new again, only gonna cost $100 for the head to be repaired so quite happy with that outcome.
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I disconected the anti polution gear from day one, only other issue was having the tranny serviced.

Radiator core tends to block up, and only a decent hwy run will show that issue

Otherwise for an 83 model she still runs like a dream
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took it to the head shop yesterday, it was pretty bad, full recon job, it had also corroded out the rear plate on the back of the head, he said that he would see what he could do with the head, try and repair it but if he couldn't he'd just give us a recon on for $200, i'm pretty happy with that. pick it up on saturday and fit it.

i'm quite supprised with the overall condition of the car, has vertually no rust, still got the factory cream paint that still has a shine to it, and the motor seemes to be in pretty good nick over all, pretty rare to find a car in that good condition now days that is that old.
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