August 27, 2007I have all the gremlins worked out now. Seems I cut the valve cover gasket when I installed the passenger side valve cover (don't know how that happened, but it was torn when I removed it). So, I replaced that and the motor was running really rough then. It also threw a CEL light at me. Low and behold the #4 cylinder had a misfire. Great, now what!!! So, a bit of looking and I find that somehow the plug for the COP came undone. Plugged it all back in and Nukie is happy.
I can feel a bit more pep in the throttle after the polish job. Nothing major, but then, I didn't go hog wild either. Looking like it will also help with the mileage some as I am getting slightly better mileage now. We'll see after the whole tank of gas is gone. Now I just need to run up to Baltimore to pick up the car that my son drove up there and abandoned. C'est la vie. Just one more project to keep me busy.
For those of you with the new modular Ford engines, just a warning, the directions for setting the timing on the engine (timing chain) are poor at best and lead you into confusion. I only figured it out because I set TDC with the heads off. Just for clarification, there are 3 dark links on the timing chains (2 that are side by side and one that is all by itself). What you need to do is to set the keyway on the crankshaft in the 10 o'clock position (not 12 o'clock) and then put the inner most timing chain gear on the crankshaft and put the dot on that in the 6 o'clock position (might require moving the crankshaft some). Now, for the passenger side head, put the mark on the timing chain gear in the 11 o'clock position (not 12 o'clock). Now, place the chain between the two gears such that the two dark links are centered on the crankshaft gear and the single dark link is centered on the timing mark and then install the chain tensioner. Repeat for the driver's side except you will put the timing mark in the 12 o'clock position. Needless to say, some engineer must have been smoking something good that day to have things that messed up to set the timing. Gotta love doing things Ford's way.
Chris "Thermo" Coleman and Nukie, the radioactive 97 X