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Old 12-15-2011, 01:40 PM   #61
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i never had to twist mine... i dont think you have a reverse lockout.
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:37 PM   #62
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Talking Scruba dub dub

Might get back to the shifter tomorrow or Sunday -- will LYK.

Hone (and new piston and rod) arrived. Did have a couple of hours today, and used the time to hone the cylinders and to gasket-scrape and wash the block, inside and out including the oil holes using special engine/bottle brushes. The OEM block was definitely painted black, but most of the paint was long-gone. Hopefully tomorrow I will repaint the block black again.

The block's machined surfaces quickly flash-rusted when I was using compressed air to dry. A clean, oiled rag stopped that.

Pics of the cylinder walls aren't turning out today. I think the camera's flash ruins the pics. The cleaned block now really looks tiny.
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:38 PM   #63
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nice! this is taking longer than my zetec swap lol
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Ya can't rush perfection!

If I didn't have a day job, I'm sure it would be done much faster. But do have more time coming up.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:44 AM   #65
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Had to work on another Ford yesterday -- it sure is a pain to replace the power steering pump on an older Taurus. Press-fit pulley is plastic -- it would have saved time just to break it off rather than attempt to remove it (using an air conditioner clutch puller).

But did paint the SPI block black yesterday. Today's goal is to at least put the short block together; many checks to do (Plastigage, etc.) that will take time. New clutch arrives soon, then can start putting the engine back in.
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Angry A bit cranky today

A slow start this a.m. First cleaned the block's mating surfaces with lacquer thinner. Then got to working on the remanufactured crankshaft and its bearings, all from a kit.

The crank and bearing were somewhat dusty coming out of the kit -- you can't be too clean on engine internals. Cleaning up well, but time consuming. Don't forget to clean the inside of the oiling holes.

! Replacement cranks normally do not come with a key for the frontend stuff so be sure to transfer yours before sending the core back. !

My key was ever so slightly too wide to fit in the new keyway, but as future pics show, sliding the key back and forth on a fine flat file until it fit tightly worked well. Lower cam sprocket fits nicely. Also check the new crank's damper bolt, and the flywheel bolts and spacing before installing.

Top half of the crank bearings are now installed in the block. Surprising that only half a thrust bearing is used in total, on the top of the #3 main.

Next the crank and the caps are to be installed, with no oil, but with Plastigauge, to check the clearances. _Don't_ rotate the crank! After checking the clearances, remove the crank and lube its journals and bearings before final cap installation.
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Yes!

Main bearing journals check-out, with about 0.051 mm clearance via Plastigauge. A little brake cleaner on a soft rag is next to remove the used Plastigauge, then a final cleaning, then lube, then the main caps go on for likely the last time in this engine's life!
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Unhappy Darn it

Didn't meet my goal for the day. Crank is in, but the old pistons have me crawling along. Their tops and sides cleaned up nicely with lots of elbowgrease and carb cleaner, but the rings' grooves are still carboned-up and a plastic scraper wouldn't make much progress on them. I have the first of three pistons sitting upsidedown, to its ring grooves, in lacquer thinner overnight. Ideas for more effective ways to clean the grooves?
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Use a 3" piece of an old ring to scrape the grooves.
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That's working well!

Pic will show all the carbon taken out of just the compression rings' grooves on one piston -- quite a bit.

The stuff came out a bit easier on the piston that I had soaking overnight, but I did the other two pistons as well (second one now soaking overnight in fresh lacquer thinner). Had to be careful not to damage the ring landings, or the skirts. Also, only the second compression ring broke, the thinner top ring just bent (must be a different material; second ring seemed like a cast iron alloy) as will be shown in the pic.

Only had a couple of hours today, but may be snowed in tomorrow so possibly will make good progress then. New clutch just arrived.
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