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08-23-2016 10:40 PM
Magus2727 motor and transmission out.

parts are all in the basement. garage is now cleaned up and will be ready for a motor from the junk yard.

08-21-2016 04:07 PM
prerunnerwannabe That would be sick! I think it would kinda ruin the handling though haha. From memory, there are kits out there to toss a V8 in a Focus, and I'm pretty sure a kit without the engine is like 20 grand, so if you're looking for opinions, I would probably either just keep the rods, try and find one new one, or just buy a new set. ~$400 to me seems a lot easier to swallow. But that's just my .02 cents :)
08-21-2016 03:28 PM
Magus2727 thanks... depending on if I feel like it's safe to use the rods again I am questioning how much the financial difference would be in doing a V8 5.0L 302 swap...
08-21-2016 02:52 PM
prerunnerwannabe Dang man, that's no fun to find those kinds of issues. Hopefully the next go goes a lot better!
08-20-2016 04:30 PM
Magus2727 thanks. going to get a whole motor and a block. put the motor in the car so I can still DD it while I get the funds to build the motor back up.
08-20-2016 03:48 PM
bringler26 Good luck with the rebuild. I just went through the thread a bit more and saw your post in the Zetec chat area.
08-20-2016 12:16 AM
Magus2727 no, the beads were only in the head and pushed to the ends of the oil valleys. the bearings look clean and almost new still. no indication of anything in the crank.

I belive this is failure due to a defect in the aluminum piston that took time to show evidence. it was a few days after a track day that the ticking occurred when I was doing the timing belt replacement. so either failed due to manufacture defect or sustained speeds, high rpms, and high loads.

I will still get another set of JE Pistons as another local racer who is running boost at the track has used all other vendors and said that the JE have been the best so far and feel the highest in quality and strongest. (he has broken both Probe and Super Tech)
08-19-2016 11:27 PM
bringler26 Wow. I didn't read far back but is the damage due to the glass beads?
08-19-2016 04:15 PM
Magus2727 Spent more time on the motor getting it torn apart.

Took the head off:

Quite a bit more deposits on Cylinder #2, which is to be expected:

Taking a look at the cylinder walls with the pistons still in:

I found a grove in Cylinder #2 wall:

Took the oil pan off and found some chunks:

Then took the pistons out and found this joy:

So the block looks like it will be scrap due to the 85.5mm over bore for the pistons and the depth of the grove is more than what my honing brush would likely take out.

So looks like I will be going to the junk yard to get a new block and will have all the machine shop labor in that. I am guessing I should grab the crank and mains from the block I get at the yard and use those? Meaning balancing and what not again.

I am working to see if JE will warranty the piston as this clearly looks like a stress fracture in the piston. Fingers crossed. Good news is that the rods appear to be in good shape. No dents or dings in the rods or the crank. The aluminum from the piston is MUCH softer than anything else in the block. The bearings looks clean (even though I have new ones that I will use).
08-13-2016 02:31 PM
Magus2727 He did the valve job on the head. I had the guy down at parts + in sandy do the work on the block. I did all my own ring gaping and assembly.

Only thing I did not like was he did not clean the head as well as he should have and got glass beads still in the oil valleys and it took a while to clean out and I did not get them all and they have scared the stock cam shafts.

I will be taking my head to him to work again. but with the oil valley plugs all removed and ask him to wash it a few more times to make sure its fully clean.
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