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« Reply #15 on: 08:50, Wed 08 December 2010 »
rite. not happy. head gasket has gone and i have just had to buy a crapy 1.4 escort to get me to work and back.
only posative thing is i can now do all the jobs i have been meaning to do to the r5 with out the hastle of haveing to put her back together so i can use her for work. got big plans and will keep updates going with pics..
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« Reply #16 on: 16:11, Wed 08 December 2010 »
Have fun with the rebuild!

I know what it's like having to rush a job knowing you need the car back on the road the following morning. Having other transport means you can take your time, things generally finish up better this way.  8)

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« Reply #17 on: 08:10, Thu 09 December 2010 »
i know its crap when you have to rush. but the escort has 6 months tax so can take that long if i want. lol looking forwerd to it. have big plans!!!
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« Reply #18 on: 15:52, Thu 09 December 2010 »
What plans you got for it mate?
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« Reply #19 on: 08:18, Tue 14 December 2010 »
well! lol
going to take the head off get that tested and skimed and ported and polished. basicly what k tec do for 500 quid. but know a guy at jan speed who has done his own and is only charging me 300 for the lot.
then take block out clean and paint that. while the bay is empty gona smooth that and paint it and if i can move some stuff. battery,water tank. relocate my air filter as i dont like where it is.
check everything for rust. but i know the hole frunt end has been done in the past few years so should be good. change the gear linkage. break lines.rewire fogs.fit new manafold.put all back together.

then start on the inside. take all the carpets out and clean them. or replace them. wana get bucket seats and maybe a roll cage. but dont know yet.
gona remove back seats as there never used.so paint and smooth the floor.
sort out a few dents and scratches. replace some window seals.

ummmm. think thats it. lol
i got 3/4 months to do it as going to nurburg ring in may. and wana make sure shes running rite first. so rolling road and set her up again.

what do you think???
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« Reply #20 on: 11:48, Tue 14 December 2010 »
Sounds like your gonna have a busy winter  8)  , have fun tidying up the boot/back seat area it took me ages getting the sound deadning off its like tar i ended up using a blow torch and burning it off :lol:, id go for a cage myself but not one of them polished mickey mouse ones they look alright but if your going to all the trouble of putting one in you want it to work and not fold up on you should you have a crash, keep us posted with lots of pics even small jobs, as they say a picture speaks a thousand words  :lol:

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« Reply #21 on: 14:30, Tue 14 December 2010 »
thanks for the warning. lol and yeah i wouldnt fit a cage unless it worked.  :)
i have seen some nice build threads on her and allways wanted to do somthing like this so no i have the excuse im gona go for it. cant wait!!!
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« Reply #22 on: 16:48, Fri 17 December 2010 »
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well! lol
going to take the head off get that tested and skimed and ported and polished. basicly what k tec do for 500 quid. but know a guy at jan speed who has done his own and is only charging me 300 for the lot.

what do you think???

To be honest mate its not much gain porting the head out unless your going mega power and even then head needs to be sorted in the right areas (need to know head), i wouldn't recommend polishing it at all though.

Its easy to obtain 220bhp+ on a standard head so i'd prob say save your money mate.  :wink:
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« Reply #23 on: 09:16, Tue 21 December 2010 »
cool. ok mate thanks for that. saves me some cash. lol
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« Reply #24 on: 19:27, Tue 28 December 2010 »
rite then. the work has started!!!
today i started striping the car to get the head off. hear are some pics.
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« Reply #25 on: 19:34, Tue 28 December 2010 »
You did that the arkward way leaving the turbo still in the car!  :wink:

Did you find anything when you pulled the head off/
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« Reply #26 on: 20:31, Tue 28 December 2010 »
Really? Lol I just undid the 4 bolts on the turbine housing and pulled it away. Gota take it off anyway. But was starting to get cold lol
Yeah the gasket had only just gone in the middle of the centre two bores. Apart from that all looks good. Was fairly simple really.

One thing I did want to find out was about a copper head gasket?????
What are your views?
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« Reply #27 on: 21:08, Tue 28 December 2010 »
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Really? Lol I just undid the 4 bolts on the turbine housing and pulled it away. Gota take it off anyway. But was starting to get cold lol
Yeah the gasket had only just gone in the middle of the centre two bores. Apart from that all looks good. Was fairly simple really.

One thing I did want to find out was about a copper head gasket?????
What are your views?

I normally just undo downpipe, the oil feed and return then lift it off with head.

Nothing wrong with a normal gasket mate, i tend to use either standard (red seal) or thicker (blue seal) gaskets depending on whats been done to the engine. If car is set up nicely then the standard style gaskets are more than strong enough.  :wink:
I wouldn't worry spending your money on copper gaskets, there's absolutely no need for them.
I would use the stronger 12.9 bolts though and torque it down litle more thatn standard.

I bit of advise i was told years ago, think of the head gasket as a fuse if something goes wrong you want cheapest thing to break first, headgasket being the cheapest.
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« Reply #28 on: 23:20, Tue 28 December 2010 »
Thanks mate that's good advice. U have saved me lots of money. I o u a pint or two. Ha ha.
Going to go strip the head tomorrow and send that off to get skimmed. Then start tidying up the bay.
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« Reply #29 on: 15:22, Thu 30 December 2010 »
rite just been over to the lock up. feel rough today with this bug thats going round. so didnt do to much. striped the head down,water pump etc. then took down pipe off as i need to wrap that and need to modify the turbine housing and elbow. as they dont match up.

will put pics up soon.
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