M_C's '69 Escort V6 Coupe

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So for a short while my garage looked like this.

Temptation was there for an engine transplant. Not overpowering though as I have just broken up with my overpowered turbo Geisha girl and really it was a short term dalliance with Cossie and a nice new home was found for her so I can finally get back to my long term flame Felicity.

Closer investigations on the mystery package angry(?) pinto revealed some nice touches.
Clearing out some of the scenery from the dent in the sump showed a nice wire tie on the sump bung
Breathers have a guard in the rocker covers, cam does not seem to have a marking but lobes seem to be of decent size. Hmmmmmm

Edging slowly closer to first test start up. :)

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Hmmm, been a while so thought I had better prove I turned a spanner on the car...

Approved summer use of engine crane

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I was very happy to find some ARP bolts here.


But not so happy when my three clutch plates in the garage don't fit Pinto to W50.

Can someone suggest sources and prices for clutch to suit Pinto to W50?


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Pulled all the font out as the easy way to get the engine and gearbox back in,


And while the suspension seemed pretty good for the track and hill climbs, lowering springs + Big Bilsteins = Better


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Big thanks to Elliot and Mark for sorting out the matching Pinto - W50 clutch. Toyota Hiace petrol, Autostop part R8593. CheeRS guys!


This allowed final bolt up of gearbox,


All went well until I noticed a couple of busted bolt holes in important places. Spy the sneaky patch of daylight where it shouldn't be. One was solved with a dodgy artful dodge. The starter motor one may have to receive similar treatment...?



Hey. the engine is getting closer!


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Open wide...


And YES! In at last!


Some bump stops on the Bilsteins and in they go as well


And rolled her out of the garage, all the better to admire her


Must have been a bit excited to blur the picture...

Not as low in the front as I was hoping. Down maybe 10-15mm vs V6 on old springs. Still more low needing to be achieved, but that can come later.


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So I'm off for a wee sabbatical overseas so Felicity has been packed away nice and safe. Cheers Deane.

Was super cool even just being towed up the drive in her, really need to get her driving again when I return.



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I could not resist buying a set of mags that came up. I really like the look of the steels, but they have not appreciated kurb bashing on the race tracks and are no longer round. Plus a bit more offset and width would be nice to try and fill out the guards so didn't take much persuasion. Here they are with the balloon spec tyres they came with.



Goldmember ready for insertion.


But not for Felicity. BigMac's wagon Betty has been dormant for too long so now is due for a bit of love. After an engine rebuild she was leaking too much oil, yes even too much for an old Ford! So out it came for new gaskets. Mission creep to paint in full Goldmember spec paint was allowed.


How do you wind up a mate? Show him a random engine part after the engine has been sealed up and dropped back in the hole... Why is there a cam chain tensioner still in the box of parts to be bolted onto the engine mate.....? Oh Bugger! Open up the engine again to check. Yes the new one is in there. Arg, try to achieve as good a gasket seal second time round without pulling it all apart again.



Stupid tall wrong fitting wheel nuts had to go. Nice new ones on today. Hmmm, front wheel studs barely long enough. Rears are way too short so added to the list.



Turning the engine over by hand after she has been sitting for so long revealed a big zero compression. So off with her head!


Bores look good with no lip at the top and even traces of the hone so looks like the bottom end is OK. Top end looks very clean inside. No idea what the cam in as it doesn't appear to have any markings. It's had a bit of love in the past with some reasonable looking porting. Rough measure of valve lift is around 10.5mm for inlet and exhaust vs Haynes 6.3mm standard. Valve are also a little larger at inlet 44.5 vs std 42mm and exhaust 38 vs std 36mm. Valve seals look a little corroded so will have that dealt to and see how we go.

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A Most Excellent Day!

After a fair bit of hard work I finally own my own garage and it was A Most Excellent Day to get Felicity installed.5b7d1d60f09d3_IMG_3818(1024x768).jpg.232b3c3a0769d936e8d6b76ec6676399.jpg


Head back from a tickle up. Nice to hear favourable comments from the reconditioner about the bit of porting work. Its not a monster engine, just had a bit of love.



A nice surprise was to find the cam gear on it was actually quite a nice dowel version. -Currently in pieces on the bench. I will keep using this as it looks way more secure than the adjustable one that I was going to put on it from the box of bits, currently trial fitted on head. Shame I don't know the cam specs to time it properly, something like 108 degrees seems about right?



Time for some more GoldMember paint! Looking way better than to old color so should be faster...



Pressie time, YAY!



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