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11-20-2012 10:46 AM
swagfocuswagon The motor in my Focus was rebuilt fairly recently. Im willing to bet this or a timing belt went out on it and took everything else with it.
11-17-2012 10:32 PM
sanpablo
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Nice job on the engine swap. Here is my tale of horror. Son's 2002
SE dropped the seat at 113,000 miles. Same deal, no warning, running
perfectly. Found a 40,000 mile replacement engine for $1500, my mechanic
put it in for $750 along with new water pump and timing belt since it was sitting
on an engine stand. 4 months later my son rear ends someone, cracks the radiator
and overheats the motor. Pulled the head and the head gasket is wasted and I figure
the head is warped which doesn't matter since I would go for the remanufactured/improved head any way. Only problem is I don't like the way the cylinder walls look. I little rusty looking and not completely smooth. What do you guys think? I need another replacement engine or can I just do the head? I'm new to this forum, can we post pictures?
Rick
I ended up getting a rebuilt engine and am in the middle of installing it.
I've lined up the first torque converter nut and tightned it but I can't get
the crank to turn clockwise to the next torque converter stud. Any ideas
on why? Both the engine and the torque converter were able to turn when
I started.
11-12-2012 01:03 PM
PuntaGorda I'm rebuilding a SOHC 2.0 SPI and have less than complete faith in the specifications provided by our trusty friends at Fel-Pro. Could I get a few second opinions on the torque specifications and end sequence for the Head Bolts? I currently have them all at 44 ft/lbs and will hold sequence until a consensus of the SPI gods has been made. Thank you.
10-29-2012 05:10 PM
TheGlassMaker Yes you can post pics. Just click on the yellow postage stamp looking icon then paste pic link in the box that appears.

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10-29-2012 03:17 PM
sanpablo Nice job on the engine swap. Here is my tale of horror. Son's 2002
SE dropped the seat at 113,000 miles. Same deal, no warning, running
perfectly. Found a 40,000 mile replacement engine for $1500, my mechanic
put it in for $750 along with new water pump and timing belt since it was sitting
on an engine stand. 4 months later my son rear ends someone, cracks the radiator
and overheats the motor. Pulled the head and the head gasket is wasted and I figure
the head is warped which doesn't matter since I would go for the remanufactured/improved head any way. Only problem is I don't like the way the cylinder walls look. I little rusty looking and not completely smooth. What do you guys think? I need another replacement engine or can I just do the head? I'm new to this forum, can we post pictures?
Rick
10-05-2012 01:07 PM
HocusFocus The Engine sitting in the car looked beautiful. I'm sorry that things didn't stay that way for long. :( Teenage drivers aren't the best. (Myself included) but oh well. :/
09-18-2012 12:03 AM
unionville1986 Who has reported the most mileage out of the head swap and what was it? Thats my only concern.
09-17-2012 09:10 AM
drlenger Yes....listen to everyone here, do the head swap. Ours runs great now that the rebuild is done, look at my pictures above that is what will happen if you don't swap the head, and that will cost way more money. I live in a little town of 14,000 people, a mechanic here in town has three of these cars with blown engines, 4 when mine was sitting there. Can you imagine 4 cars from a town of 14,000......not very good odds.....
09-16-2012 11:58 PM
TheGlassMaker Yea yea buddy (djwrg04) did a head rebuild. As well as a few other mods he can tell you for sure it's worth it. Page 2 has the write up for it.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=295411
09-16-2012 11:40 PM
unionville1986 Has anyone actually gotten to do a preventative head swap to tell me if its worth the time, or if the seat will still drop?
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