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Back in late November, I purchased a '91 GT for $1.5k (when I got off of Parris Island, I recieved a Med. Sep.). This was in Virginia Beach. No more than 5 days after the new year my baby developed a REALLY nasty knock that went all the way to the clutch and shifter. I was terrified that I was gonna have to get rid of my new baby. (Before her I drove a '94 LX wagon, and fell in love with escorts) I got her to my mechanic and a few days later he said it was most likely a dropped valve. That came with a $1500-2000 repair ticket. Well, my fears were justified, 'cause I had to depart. Now I'm in Brighton, MI driving a '93 Thunderbird with the 5.0 in it. Anyways, has anyone had this happen to them. I'd really like to find another GT here, but am hesitant because the salt-filled winters and the damage they do. I might consider a 2001-2003 ZX2 as well, maybe both so I can do extensive projects on both. Looking for TURBO. :twisted:
 

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It is common to happen to the 1.9 when over heated, but I'v never heard it happen to a 1.8 GT.

I'm thinking the machanic just assumed it was a 1.9 and that was his first guess. Sounds more like a rod bearing or somthing to me, I dont think a dropped valve seat makes that kind of noise.
 

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Jeffescortlx said:
It is common to happen to the 1.9 when over heated, but I'v never heard it happen to a 1.8 GT.

I'm thinking the machanic just assumed it was a 1.9 and that was his first guess. Sounds more like a rod bearing or somthing to me, I dont think a dropped valve seat makes that kind of noise.
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we really need to get that emoticon working :D

And Siragan... Escort GT=Mazda Protege, so your question should be... Why Mazda? :wink:
 

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yeah my baby knocks hard all the way over the sound of the exhaust and turbo at 4500 revs...but she still ppps me back in the seat to blow over 100mph


Getting a new motor soon I'm all excited!
 

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I've never heard of that happening to the BP engine.

I have only one question to ask you... why ford?
happened to my engine. Valve went straight through the piston. Dropped a valve/swallowed a valve, all the same thing.. Some of the easy signs of telling are to look at ur spark plugs. Mine was completely crushed when i pulled it out cuz there was metal in the way of the piston. But i took my head apart and there was a hole in my piston. I think my problem was way back when i slipped timing i took it to a shop to have it timed and when i got it back i had detonation. I was told that it would go away and it never did. I drove it like that for a year before i swallowed a valve. I also had the same price tag. I had either 1800 or 2200 for a quote. The price difference was the mileage difference between the 2 engines they were going to swap in. 1800 for the engine w/ 80k on it and 2200 on the engine w/ 50k on it.
 

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yea, thanks. I probably should've been a little more specific about that "knock." That stupid knock shook the entire car, so I know that it was most likely a large problem. And when I pushed the clutch to the floor, it stopped shaking. And I was gonna ship over a GTX as well. Dammit, why did I move?
 
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