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1.9L EFI HO blew its head gasket 2 weeks after replacement, I know some of the 1.6 heads are compatible but which ones. I have the hemi-like pistons?(I've only ever dealt with flat dish pistons so forgive me) Machine shops are closed for the 4th of July so I'm stuck with a non running car full of "milkshake" and just had to kinda push it off to the side. Need the car running within the next 13 days because its not titled or registered or anything and I need to get it to inspections.
 

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Chances are the old head was warped already. I got my rebuilt heads mostly from Cylinder Heads International, in Grand Prairie TX. If you do an ebay search for "ford escort cylinder head" you should find some sources. You can ask them if they can help by sending in an ebay 'contact the seller' question. i think you will need the cylinder head casting number, which on my SOHC heads was always on the back side of the head, below the intake manifold. They had a product that was a bare head, having the valves on it, but no cam or lifters, since you would harvest them from the old head, then return the bare old head in the box the new one arrived in. It did come with new valve inserts, which eliminates the chance of having a valve seat insert breaking, for at least 20 more years.

I understand the problem of getting a car through inspections, having had to do that on several of the escorts I obtained as non-running. I never had a problem with a deadline though - the commonwealth of Virginia may have had fees for taking too long to get a car inspected, but I dont recall they ever charged me for them.

The issue with having coolant mixed with the oil was never a problem, since most surfaces on the cam or crank or the rod bearings and wrist pins were pretty well isolated from much air reaching them. In a couple of cases I did have to smear grease onto the cylinder walls to prevent corrosion on the exposed cyl walls, and the top of the block. The slightly darkened areas on the crank werent 'rusted', just the shiny parts had a slightly visible effect to the normal gloss. I would drain the old milky oil out though.
 

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Chances are the old head was warped already. I got my rebuilt heads mostly from Cylinder Heads International, in Grand Prairie TX. If you do an ebay search for "ford escort cylinder head" you should find some sources. You can ask them if they can help by sending in an ebay 'contact the seller' question. i think you will need the cylinder head casting number, which on my SOHC heads was always on the back side of the head, below the intake manifold. They had a product that was a bare head, having the valves on it, but no cam or lifters, since you would harvest them from the old head, then return the bare old head in the box the new one arrived in. It did come with new valve inserts, which eliminates the chance of having a valve seat insert breaking, for at least 20 more years.
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Spent otherwise my entire night looking for a for a head, I might have found one in town but not sure since the seller is out of town currently. The deadline is based on having an appraisal which here is only good for 90 days and you have to get another one.
 

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If you have a stock bore its worth noting that most 1.9l head gaskets are a 2l/1.9l gasket and don't seal the best on a 1.9l. You might get by with a 1.6l gasket or a true 1.9l gasket if the head is not to warped.
 

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If you have a stock bore its worth noting that most 1.9l head gaskets are a 2l/1.9l gasket and don't seal the best on a 1.9l. You might get by with a 1.6l gasket or a true 1.9l gasket if the head is not to warped.
I managed to find a proper 1.9 head gasket. Found a shop here in town that does surfacing for 120 bucks which surprised me immensely
 

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Yeah head resurfacing is the way to go, going to be faster than shipping and pretty cheap - most shops charge around $40 for skimming if you can empty the head, shop around if you must most engine shops can do this procedure
 

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Yeah head resurfacing is the way to go, going to be faster than shipping and pretty cheap - most shops charge around $40 for skimming if you can empty the head, shop around if you must most engine shops can do this procedure
Ah, Here in Alaska there's not too many shops that do cylinder heads. Should be done by tomorrow!
 

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turns out the head has a crack in cylinder 3 seat. gonna go over to the shop to check it out, how bad is that gonna be?
 

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Yeah this crack is right between the valve seats in cylinder 3, failed a pressure test for that part of the head. There is a 1.6 local to me but i’m not sure if that head would bolt up. I know there’s plenty of threads on it but still wanna be sure since they’re 10-15 year old threads.
 

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managed to find a proper 1.9 head gasket. Found a shop here in town that does surfacing for 120 bucks which surprised me immensely
Had the same cracks on my 1.9 head. I also used a local machine shop at the time. The local racing crowds know the good ones.

Way too many bad experiences with FleaBay. Only a FleaBay seller could figure out a way to mess up the sale of a turd LoL.
 

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Had the same cracks on my 1.9 head. I also used a local machine shop at the time. The local racing crowds know the good ones.

Way too many bad experiences with FleaBay. Only a FleaBay seller could figure out a way to mess up the sale of a turd LoL.
We've only got 3 in town that refuse to do the weld to fix it, gotta wait for our local salvage to open again next week cause car-part says they have a head in stock. gonna keep my head if I can and weld it up myself if i get access to a machine, did a lot of welding in high school and college
 

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Oh wow, didn't know you were all the way up in Alaska. Royal bummer no one nearby wants to fix it, I have a couple heads with similar issues I need to tend to as well

You can use a 1.6 head but you have to use a 1.6 cam (1.6 vs 1.9 cam journals are different diameters) and the lifters have to be flat-tappets. The only incompatible feature of the 1.6 head on your 1.9 EFI HO is that the thermostat opening is a different size between a 1.6 & 1.9-2.0 but this might not be a problem, just a notable difference I know of.
 

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High temp gasket maker... lots of it. Sandwich with a plate on either side. Screw/bolts hold the plates together. There has to be enough clearance for the additional hardware.
 

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You can use a 1.6 head but you have to use a 1.6 cam (1.6 vs 1.9 cam journals are different diameters) and the lifters have to be flat-tappets. The only incompatible feature of the 1.6 head on your 1.9 EFI HO is that the thermostat opening is a different size between a 1.6 & 1.9-2.0 but this might not be a problem, just a notable difference I know of.
The 1.6 head works with the hemi pistons? If so there's two nearby that are complete that an old high school friend owns
 

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Ive only been with the escort for a little bit but would an 82 1.6 carb head bolt up? again with hemi HO 1.9
 

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From what I know all 1.6l heads will bolt up to a 1.9l HO (but not a CFI) However a 82 carb motor wold have a weaker cam and maybe smaller valves/ports, you make have to adjust the gear in the VAM to over come the weaker cam and what not. @1982 EXPert would have more info on that.
Also from what I gathered the cam gear are not 100% the same, the timing marks are not in the same spot. if you use a 1.9l cam gear on a 1.6l head/cam cam timing will be offset by 2-3 deg. Or so I been told, I don't have a 1.6 cam gear to check that out.
 

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From what I know all 1.6l heads will bolt up to a 1.9l HO (but not a CFI) However a 82 carb motor wold have a weaker cam and maybe smaller valves/ports, you make have to adjust the gear in the VAM to over come the weaker cam and what not. @1982 EXPert would have more info on that.
Also from what I gathered the cam gear are not 100% the same, the timing marks are not in the same spot. if you use a 1.9l cam gear on a 1.6l head/cam cam timing will be offset by 2-3 deg. Or so I been told, I don't have a 1.6 cam gear to check that out.
Would a lean burn head go on? got one here for 100 bucks that i can pick up from our local salvage yard and it looks great aside from being a little dusty.
 
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