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Dropped valve seat survey

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by zzyzzx, Apr 10, 2008.

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Ever had the dreded dropped valve seat problem?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. Robby-joe

    Robby-joe FEOA Member

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    Like I said, I'm probably going to sell it for parts if the post one are scarred. Although there is a gt in the junk yard here, I may humor the idea of a gt wagon.

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  2. Joey_Twowagons

    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    I bought a used engine as a rebuilder a couple of weeks ago. On inspection I noticed this: Tachometer Cluster 055 (Small).JPG










    Tachometer Cluster 047.JPG

    I guess I'll be replacing the piston. I bought it cheap because I wanted the crankshaft and the sensors etc.

    Strangely enough, the seller seemed surprised at the damage, despite removing the engine and taking off the head himself.

    He said it was in a 2004 Focus.

    Edit: the cylinder has a hole in it, I guess the crankcase is toast. Well I suppose it could be sleeved.
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  3. madmatt2024

    madmatt2024 FEOA Member

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    I hope you know that the Focus SPI cylinder head is different and won't work with the Escort SPI intake.
  4. Joey_Twowagons

    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    Yes, I have no use for the head or intake, I needed a 2.0 CVH shortblock or just a crankshaft for a project.

    But I always keep everything "just in case" I need it in the future. I was thinking to strip the block and get rid of it since it's cracked, but then I'd have an oil pan, crankshaft, rods and pistons etc. to store and they probably would take up more room loose, and be more likely to rust and get gritty.
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  5. alleycat27

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    Vehicle: 1995 LX
    Mileage at time: 158,800
    Age: car was about 23 years old at the time. I got the car in non-running condition. fixed it for fun.
    Symptoms: noise. loss of power. zero compression on cyl 3. bore scope verified the problem
    Resolution: Rebuilt the engine in the car: new engine tech pistons, rings. used a 320 grit bottle brush hone. Clevite rod bearings. rebuilt head from CHI - although the new head is already blowing large cloud of blue smoke at startup. either valve guides or seals are bad. new timing belt, water pump. also replaced front wheel bearings, axle shafts, brakes, hydraulics all the way around, new moog struts. new ball joints and tie rod ends. (just wanted to ensure the whole car is fresh and reliable. the whole process took just a few evenings in the garage. runs great. uses no oil (other than the startup cloud, but the level has not noticeably dropped in 1k miles.
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  6. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the forums alleycat27! Glad to hear your story.

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