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Post by swiv » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:21 am

Hello, I'm hunting for an engine to ressurect my 1980 GTE..
It's been a money pit so far.. I've had the heads done but boils up and blows steam through the rocker cover, so rather than attempt to patch up the existing engine, I'm looking for another lump.. Then I can strip the existing engine at my leisure..



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Post by Lee » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:44 am

I have one that was removed from a 1980 GTE. The core plugs will need replacing and I have never heard it running, but it does turn over by hand. It might help you out.


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Post by AJL Electronics » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:59 am

It may be quicker to replace the inlet manifold gasket, than to swap the engine out.


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Post by philhoward » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:06 am

Perhaps the heads have been skimmed a bit too much? If so, the inlet manifold needs machining to match as the shape of the vee it sits in has effectively changed.

Have you tried checking the torque on the inlet manifold bolts? They are known to settle after running for the first few times.


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Post by swiv » Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:39 am

philhoward wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:06 am
Perhaps the heads have been skimmed a bit too much? If so, the inlet manifold needs machining to match as the shape of the vee it sits in has effectively changed.

Have you tried checking the torque on the inlet manifold bolts? They are known to settle after running for the first few times.
Thanks Phil, that's a good spot.. I will have a look but since my 'incident' I haven't dared to stick my face under the bonnet since it rather explosively boiled up on me.. I suffered minor burns but enough to get a DIY face peel..



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Post by swiv » Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:42 am

Lee wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:44 am
I have one that was removed from a 1980 GTE. The core plugs will need replacing and I have never heard it running, but it does turn over by hand. It might help you out.
Thanks Lee.. That sounds superb. I've dropped you an email..



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Post by Lee » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:22 am

Hi, I don't seem to have received an email, PM as of yet.


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Post by swiv » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:29 pm

Lee wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:22 am
Hi, I don't seem to have received an email, PM as of yet.
Hmm.. I clicked on the ''Contact" on the left hand side.. I'll give it another go..



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Post by Lee » Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:44 pm

Nope. Still nothing.


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Post by Colinsw1 » Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:14 am

I've just listed a really nice, complete, Essex engine on here. Runs beautifully. Absolutely everything with it - turnkey unit.



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