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Old 06-04-2009, 11:04 PM   #201
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Well, the valves are fine and the timing looks correct to me. As far as I can tell, it's impossible to be on the wrong stroke if cylinders 1 and 4 are on TDC and the cam timing plate fits. After trying a couple drops of oil in one of the cylinders, I got it up to ~35psi or so, but I didn't get into too much work with that.

Right now, the SVT isn't going to be at Carlisle. I swapped the wheels onto my ZX3 and I'm taking that there. I have a real hard time imagining that the head gasket is leaking, and I checked valve clearance and that seems to be OK, and the timing is good (or it should be). Yet I have 30psi compression across the board.

Can fuel washed cylinder walls really cause that much loss in compression?
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:08 PM   #202
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did you check your valve lash?
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...I checked valve clearance and that seems to be OK...


Sorry, I'm in a bad mood.
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:20 PM   #204
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have you done a leakdown test?

i know how frustrating this can be, cayse, i am sorry.
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:24 PM   #205
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lol sorry about that. this is just confusing me. I've had my head off 3 times now (unfortunately), and the car has started after about 4 cranks EVERY time.



leakdown is a very good thing to do next - it'll help you figure out WTF is going on. you should be able to rig up a leakdown tester, I had to make one to troubleshoot my car at one point.

google around if you don't know how to rig one up.

I'm wondering if it is possible that CFM screwed up the valve job... nothing has changed on your block (pistons and rings should be fine), and you said (twice now) that you have the right valve lash. that pretty much leaves the valve-to-seat contact as the weak point, right? I just don't understand how you are getting a consistent 30 psi all across... unless they did the same thing wrong on all cylinders (but I would think a company like CFM would know what they are doing!)

did you use the ARP head studs?
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:33 PM   #206
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A leakdown is a good idea... I'll give that a try when I get back from the show. I did use the ARP studs; that's why I find it hard to believe it could be the gasket.
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Yeah; I use the ARP studs, and I have never had a gasket problem.

this is weird. if it turns out to be a head problem, I might have an extra one soon.
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yes, do the leakdown. usually the best starting point, once you know timing and compression.

try to have fun at carlisle though. toss back some brews.

there is always FF09!
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:49 AM   #209
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Well, sorry to hear about all your complications... but, from a purely selfish standpoint, I don't feel so bad now about not going (because, unfortunately, I'm not going yet again), because your red beauty won't be there anyway...
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:51 AM   #210
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There were lots of cars there that look way better than mine... I dunno why Spatakula didn't place in the Carlisle or Focus Rising votings; that blows my mind right there... LOL
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