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Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:25 am 
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Good idea frazer, I did my head gasket on my old EA... took me 3 weeks alone.. with the waiting for the head to come back and all. And back then nobody told me it should be set to tdc

 

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Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 1:35 pm 
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Rapier wrote:
looks like you just dobbed yourself in with some more mechanical know how hehe.

i think basically its a straight forward job only thing im yet to figure out really is the timing chain tensioner, if someone could give some clear and conscice way of actually resetting and re tentioning the tentioner for the timing chain i think that would be fantastic.

Get yourself a genuine manual or pm me and i'll try to scan the relevant pages for you :P

 

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Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 8:47 pm 
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all teh manuals ive looked at including the genuine manual dont give a great description they all say to use the ford special tool which prob makes it real easy lol
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Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 4:51 pm 
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3mm allen key to reset the timing chain tensioner
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Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:38 pm 
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okies - got bored this morning so started messing with the engine! :P

always helps to have a good toolkit - can't stress this enough! not much fun needing a particular socket/spanner and it not being there when you're half way through a job :?

here is the project engine:

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lol shame we forgot to protect the rocker cover when lifting it! ah well! :roll:

first thing is to remove the 3 bolts on top of the rocker cover - from memory, they are all 10mm ones. once all these have been taken out, the rocker cover should just lift off - revealing this underneath:

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best bet next would be to mark the timing chain, so it stays where it should! you can use white-out to mark on both the chain & the cog, or a fat marker pen - i've used cable-ties this time around as its what i had around & reckon its the best way to do it:

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from there, i've undone all of the rocker gear bolts - all 10mm bolts, and theres about 30(?) or so of them. mine weren't that tight so it didn't take very long at all

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once all the bolts have been removed for the rocker gear, it should just lift off. it may take a little bit of wiggling around to get it off but it should come quite easily. this is what the rocker gear will come off like:

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just be careful when you're pulling the rocker gear off that you don't end up dropping any of the lifters down the oil returns etc - as they're quite small they could disappear rather quickly!

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once the rocker gear is gone, you'll be left with the following - note the red valve springs, as this is an EF XR6 head (EF Fairmont Ghia II) so not all will have the same springs!

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here you can see where the lifters clip into the rocker gear (from the underside)

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so thats all thats been done today so far! :P

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:40 pm 
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question is - how does the cam come out now? i didn't get stuck too much into it, but does the bolt on the front of the timing chain cog need to be undone?

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 7:16 pm 
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looking good bob, be interested when ya get to the head :D

and ill lock in yes, i think you need to undo that bolt

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 7:19 pm 
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yes you do need to undo that bolt

 

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Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:50 pm 
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you don't need to pull the rocker gear off to do the head gasket...

or are you changing cam at the same time?
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Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:51 pm 
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i'm stripping it right down - i'm just doing a doco along the way! :P

 

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Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 9:34 pm 
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uglybob wrote:
question is - how does the cam come out now? i didn't get stuck too much into it, but does the bolt on the front of the timing chain cog need to be undone?
As mentioned , yes. Don't worry, the cam and the sprocket have keyway like notches.

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:57 pm 
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any more progress on this?? could really come in handy for the cam i have in my room ready to put in (been there about month man im lazy)
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Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:06 pm 
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will borrow the camera again & see where i;m at! :P

 

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Posted: Thu May 11, 2006 6:52 pm 
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still no progress =( i want to pull mine out but tooo scared too. probably end up blowing up my engine.

phong =P~

 

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Posted: Thu May 11, 2006 11:20 pm 
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I did mine over christmas holidays...was SOOOOOOO much easier than I thought it would be...took 2 days all up but I reckon could be done much less if I did it again...
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