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Offline 116ciHemi

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Re: The Escort
« Reply #30 on: March 04, 2010, 10:00:55 PM »
Anyway, I did get the time today to resurface the 1.9 flywheel that I was sitting behind the garage in the snow. I left it on the grinder a little to long so it has way to smooth of a finish. Tomorrow I will chuck it up again and remove some material for weight savings and get the correct finish on it. I had one of the new tires remounted but the autoshop messed up the other one. Now I need to go find another one since they are not availible locally. Ugh. At least I do not have to pay for it.

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Re: The Escort
« Reply #31 on: March 05, 2010, 12:23:16 AM »
I wouldn't worry too much about weight, as it tends not to be much of an issue at Bonneville. Good luck with you're build.    :cheers:
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« Reply #32 on: March 05, 2010, 07:45:37 AM »
Yes, but at maxton it might help since I do not think I can get up to terminal velocity in a mile. The cam timing pulley will be a modification of a current spare that I have lying around, since I lack the experience to even think of trying to mill out 38 teeth with the correct profile. It will probably be made out of mild steel and will use 6 1/4 20 socket head capscrews to secure it. It will allow for 16 degrees of adjustment. I will post up the drawings I did of it later.

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« Reply #33 on: March 05, 2010, 08:59:38 PM »
Alright, here are the drawings of the timing pulley. One shows the original, one shows what needs to be changed on it, and one shows the new part that will have to be made. The drawing are not of great quality, but I am still learning.

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Re: The Escort
« Reply #34 on: March 05, 2010, 10:07:34 PM »
Alright, here are the drawings of the timing pulley. One shows the original, one shows what needs to be changed on it, and one shows the new part that will have to be made. The drawing are not of great quality, but I am still learning.
There's nothing wrong with drawings that are as clear as these.  Much clearer than my stack of scribbled-on bar napkins. :-D 

Looking forward to seeing this part when you're done.

 

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« Reply #35 on: March 05, 2010, 11:29:14 PM »
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« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2010, 05:46:24 PM »
Got a few more things knocked off of the list today. I have my ignition wiring sorted out and working 100% and I have my voltemeter hooked up now, giving me 4 functional gauges. I grabbed an old head off the shelf and looked it over with my teacher and it sound like we are going to take a shot at giving the head a complete performance workover. The only things the head needs are the exhaust guides reamed, the valves ground, and the surface decked. All of those I can do myself at school, so I should be in good shape. There are a few other things I want to do to it, but those are dependant on whether or not I can fit a set of domed pistons in my minimal budget.

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« Reply #37 on: March 10, 2010, 04:31:46 PM »
Well, I got the new tire mounted today. I now have good rubber on all four corners. I have all the valves cleaned up on my spare head and the exhaust valves are all ground. Tomorrow I will do the intake valves and then knurl and ream the exhaust valve guides.

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« Reply #38 on: March 29, 2010, 09:58:50 PM »
Well, after starting a pnp on the head, I ended up finding that the head I was working on was cracked. So that shot that down. When I took the head to the scrap yard I also threw the car on the scale and weighed it. Grand total of 2100 lbs with me and fuel. Today I started pounding out a sheet of aluminum as a grille plug. Pictures when I get it finished.

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Re: The Escort
« Reply #39 on: March 30, 2010, 05:57:08 PM »
Well, after starting a pnp on the head, I ended up finding that the head I was working on was cracked. So that shot that down. When I took the head to the scrap yard . . .

NO NO NO!  Too late.  :-o Dodge.

There is no better way to practice porting a head than on one that's already scrap.  Head porting is where art and science meet.  Don't know if you've done it before, but a bad head is a golden opportunity to try some ideas and test how thick the castings are.  And sometimes they can be welded up.

Oh, man, . . .

Alright, I'm over it.

Good luck with the new one.

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« Reply #40 on: March 30, 2010, 09:40:22 PM »
I still played with it after I found it was cracked. I like junk heads. But the cracks were right by valve seats and would have required a huge amount of time to reweld and machine. Anyway, here is one of the promised pictures of my grille plug:



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Re: The Escort
« Reply #41 on: March 30, 2010, 09:44:26 PM »
That should help smooth things out.

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« Reply #42 on: April 04, 2010, 11:13:33 PM »
That is my hope. If nothing else it gets the temp up where it should be. The car only runs about 160* without it, and it has a good 180 Thermostat. The heater core is apparently quite efficient. With the plug it gets up in the 180-190 range where it should be. My metal shaping tools were very fancy: about four different hammers, some chunks of 2x4, an old anvil, and a set of metal shears. It is also slightly lighter than the plastic grill it replaces.

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Re: The Escort
« Reply #43 on: April 27, 2010, 12:01:56 PM »
Work has slowed down a lot on the car. The week before last I yanked the engine and did the clutch, cv axle, and front end stuff. I got the engine back in the car, but after that I had to stop and take care of some other issues. Now that thoes are resolved, Dad is in a bit of a foul mood and I have been trying to stay ahead of school and other things so that Dad isn't on my back constantly. I may get the car running again by the end of the week, but I am not sure. One thing is apparent though- I worked the car hard over the last 5000 miles. The clutch was worn down to just above the rivets and the flywheel that was nice and clean when I put it back on has a whole bunch of hotspots on it now. Suprisingly, the tires are doing OK, even though the outside edges are getting a little worn from the way I take corners. The rears are dang near brand new, and will find their way to the front at the dragstrip soon.

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Re: The Escort
« Reply #44 on: April 27, 2010, 08:05:58 PM »
The week before last I yanked the engine and did the clutch, cv axle, and front end stuff. I got the engine back in the car, but after that I had to stop and take care of some other issues. Now that thoes are resolved, Dad is in a bit of a foul mood and I have been trying to stay ahead of school and other things so that Dad isn't on my back constantly.

That whole clutch and CV FWD stuff is always a nightmare - you'll be glad you have it behind you.

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