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Old 09-30-2014, 05:24 PM   #1
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03 SVT Project Thread

I figured I would start one of these, I did with my dsm up until the last dyno run it made (472hp/429tq)and then... it caught fire on the way home. Ive been out of cars since that one but decided with my student loans almost paid off I should get another project.

Anyways, bought the car from a forum member, Thanks Nightclaw!

To start I was told the car had low compression in #1. After picking it up from ohio I started to tear it apart. Warped head .07 at the worst spot so nothing to stop if from running. #1 & #4 had leaky valves. Im fortunate enough to have a close friends dad own an engine shop. And he does all the heads there. At this point ive got a full valve job, resurface and decked head, and 1 new intake valve(damn those things are expensive). Waiting on the valve to come in to finish the head but after that its time to start reassembling.

Im hoping to track progress and have a way to follow and ask quetions, hoping this could help me or others.


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Old 09-30-2014, 08:35 PM   #2
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Just bought the 03 ford service manuals on dvd. Hope they work! Ebay ftw.

And rode in a guys svtf tonight. 1st one ive ever ridden in and holy crap what a difference between that and my ZX5!
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:18 PM   #3
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This little gem was sitting in my porch when I got home from work today! I might get to turn the car over Saturday!
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:44 PM   #4
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Nice, and good luck hope it goes back together well for you.
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Old 10-06-2014, 07:52 AM   #7
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I had a feeling that was going to happen. My head bolts are due in today so i should be able to get started.

Does anyone know what a felpro head gasket measures without it being compressed. I squezed it as much as i could with a caliper and got .056?
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Nice to see this one put back on the road. I bought a black EAP car from his room mate back in January. Unfortunately it was too far gone and I parted it out.

I was tempted to get this one, but for once I couldn't bring myself to part this one out.
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:05 AM   #9
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The thought was there to part it but ive have very little money into fixing it as it sits now but time will tell. I hope that I didnt buy a bundle of problems that seem to have plagued this car so far.


UPDATE:

I actually had time to get the head back on the car on Monday night. Saturday or Sunday I am planning on getting the cams in and getting everything timed. I wish that I had more time to work on it. Wish me luck!
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:44 PM   #10
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I actually got out of work early today...5pm. Put a new water pump on. What a PITA it was to get the old one off! I hope I put enough RTV on it to cause the next owner as much grief as the stock one caused me! I was about to take the header off to get it ceramic coated but realized that wouldnt follow the budget build of the car so left it the blue wrapped header. (maybe down the road if I keep the car for a length of time) So exhaust, power steering pump, alternator are all reinstalled after figuring out what bolts went where.

I ordered a under drive pulley and am looking into a throttle body. I am going to either gut the cat or buy an orp/have one made, leaning towards that later.

The biggest help thus far besides the forum... The actual ford manual procedure manual I bought on ebay. Bought the dvd variety but after you figure out how its laid out for the most part is almost better than the paper copy.
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