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Old 06-10-2009, 12:39 AM   #221
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Confirmed: valves are bent. All my clearances are off. Head's gotta come back off and I need to pay more attention during assembly.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:27 AM   #222
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augh!!!! damn cayse, sorry to hear that. so you have to get all new cams, or what are you going to do?
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Well, I shouldve seen clearances increase if the valves bent, so I'm still not completely sure what's broken.
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:32 PM   #224
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Well, I shouldve seen clearances increase if the valves bent, so I'm still not completely sure what's broken.
just out of curiosity. did you put new piston rings in? if so. they may not be properly seated.
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Old 06-10-2009, 02:40 PM   #225
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The entire bottom end was untouched.
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hmmmm.....puzzling.....
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I just pulled my gf's dad aside. he has been building show vehicles for a LONG time. he's been the grand champion at bloomsburg and carlisle and has been featured in 4x4 mag and Off Road. needless to say he know's what he's talking about.

he said there's really only a few options. 1 head warped. 2. bad valve job. (ex. one guy did the valve job on your head. so if he had a bad spec or did something wrong...it would be the same thing wrong on all four cyls.) 3. a leaking gasket. or 4 a cracked head and or block.


so that KIND OF narrows it down. to what we already knew LOL. i'd start by having the valve job checked by another company after he said that it makes me wonder if the guy who actually did it had a bad spec.
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03orangeSVT PMed me saying I may have a cam installed wrong. I don't know how exactly that's possible, but I'm waiting to get more detailed info back from him. The only thing that's keeping me from being convinced I have bent valves is the fact that I have lost tappet clearance.
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Here are the valve clearance measurements from cylinders 1 to 4, intake cam first.

.003" .003" .003" .003" .004" .004" .004" .003"

.007" .007" .008" .008" .008" .008" .008" .008"

When the head was off the car, just back from the machine shop, all intake valves were at .005" and all exhaust were at .011"

To recap:
~30psi cylinder pressure in all 4 cylinders when cranking with starter.
0psi when cranking by hand.

Here is how the cam lobes are aligned with cylinders 1 and 4 at TDC:
http://cayse.trunetworks.com/focus/m...9/IMG_2404.jpg

Somebody connect the dots for me... bent valves should mean clearances would increase, not decrease. Cams installed wrong? I have no idea how that's possible, either.
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pm honhon, grumpy, and egz. i do not have the answers for you, but they might. maybe illinipo too.
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