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What did you do to your 3rd gen today??

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by ndlm8888, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. Tnashua

    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    Well- if it is a bottom end failure- I will be even more unhappy with the machinist who drug his feet and cost me month and a half (which kept me from getting the new engine built & installed before my busy time of the year), But- if it is the cylinder head that caused the problem- I guess I had better thank him for sparing my new pistons/etc...
    At least I have most of the parts to build a brand new engine sitting in the kitchen right now. Just need some time to see what sort of shape the head is in to know what route I need to go with it.
    Merry Christmas feoa...
    Hope you all have a fantastic day tomorrow!
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    copcarguy FEOA Member

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    You know you're car guy when you have "most of the parts to build a brand new engine" in your kitchen...

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    rbailin FEOA Member

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    My very first Escort (a 97) had a dropped valve seat on #1 from a leaky injector. The replacement head failed after 1½ years when the #4 valve seat came loose. But because it was a replacement hardened seat, it didn't shatter, just made a loud rattling noise while driving it 3 miles home. During the drive, it somehow managed to reseat itself (quieted down, more power) for about a minute before unseating again for the rest of the trip.

    There was a discussion years ago about staking the valve seats to prevent this, but if the replacement seats were properly installed, it wouldn't be necessary.
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Damn! If I had the CVH motor I swapped out I'd ship it to ya!

    JY Zetec swap in the cards?

    John
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    If not a valve seat drop, could be a headgasket that burned out between #3 & #4. We sympathetically await the news.
  6. Tnashua

    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    If I didn't have everything except for a head & injectors already awaiting a build- a zetec swap would be awful tempting. We don't have any escorts in JY's around here- they all got scrapped years ago. I'd have to find/buy a rusted out ZX2 to perform the swap.
    Shipping an engine would be nuts...
    I have an HO head out in the garage. Too bad I don't have the money for a MS and related goodies- I'd build a hybrid in a heartbeat. :)
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    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    The head that is on the engine in the wagon only has about 21K on it. It supposedly has the improved seats. The ticking I heard while going down the highway could have been a seat. By the time I got the car back home- it really didn't have the tick anymore- it just wasn't running well- sounded like an old VW...
    If work gives me a light day one of the next two days & it isn't raining & miserable outside- I am going to tear into it out on the drive (figure I can't drive it anywhere & I can't do much more damage to it)... I'll keep you guys posted.
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    copcarguy FEOA Member

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    Today I installed a set of plugs, wires, and an air filter. I had wanted to swap in a new PCV and fuel filter too but I was surprised I didn't have those "in stock" in my rockauto closeout parts stash lol.

    Plugs had 50,821 miles, wires 51,640... I didn't realize I'd run them that long.

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    Intuit FEOA Member

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    IIRC with Motorcraft wires, they're supposedly good for 100k.
    You must've been have'n fun!
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  10. Tnashua

    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    Been busy... Took the engine apart- discovered a blown head gasket. None of my head stud nuts were as tight as they should have been.!? I know that I torqued them all down when I installed the head. I was using a borrowed torque wrench at the time, but I am pretty sure that they were tighter then than they were when I removed them...
    Anyways- the blown head gasket blemished the cylinder head. I have the machine shop mill it- he said that it took about .0055" to clean it up. I was in the process of re-lapping the valves when I discovered that the number 4 cylinder had virtually no 30 or 60 degree faces left on the seat. :( I dropped the head back off at the machine shop today...
    I finished removing the engine from the car & started cleaning up some of the parts that will go back on the car.
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    Took the tire off to check last Sundays race damage. Luckily its just a strut.

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    I would be somewhat surprised if the body up top sisn't tweaked; maybe the ball joint and/or control arm too.
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    They body might be slightly tweaked, but the control arm and balljoint looked good.

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    Intuit FEOA Member

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    Re photo... never mind what I said. The whole frig'n car is tweaked... and more than slightly... :laugh:
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    While the right side might not be the manufacturers intended shape, the left sides still close to true.

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    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    Cleaned off the kitchen table & laid out the parts needed for the shortblock.
    Was in the process of trying to find my feeler gauges & plasti-gauge when I got called back into work. :( Too tired now for anything but posting this sorry excuse for an update...
    Picts to follow sometime in the near future. ;)
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I have gone into an auto parts store (an autozone) and had to explain to the young counterman what plastigauge was. He had to call the manager over to help him understand. And since they didnt stock it, they had to order some.
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    Intuit FEOA Member

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    That'll buff right out.

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    DC Ultra FEOA Donator

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    Want to share:

    Hope it is appropriate here.
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    copcarguy FEOA Member

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    My youngest turned 7 today... and told me he was now old enough to change the oil in the wagon by himself.

    Since it was about 200 miles overdue, and it was a sunny day but kinda cold, we headed outside:

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    He couldn't reach the filter, so I was "allowed" to swap that out lol. (I'm glad as I really didn't want him under the car, so if he thinks it was his idea that's cool with me!)

    I noticed the serpentine belt was looking a little tired too, so since I had one in my stash, the ol' wagon got a new one.

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    I hope he has good memories of stuff like this like I do with my Dad.
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    The best is yet to come... :thumbsup:
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