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Old 11-11-2014, 12:43 PM   #1
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Well, pulled motor out of my 1994 Cobra to basically overhaul it. It is down to the bare block and I spent some time cleaning it yesterday. Upon inspection I noticed where the distributor goes and the camshaft enters looks like a break. Has anyone noticed this or am I screwed?

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Recently did a 302 build & my block (95 GT Block) didn't look like that. It looks broke to me.
I'd just buy another Block if it were me. You can find another Block for about $100 on Craigs List. The Junk yards around here only charge $230 for a Complete Motor.
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Yeah, thats what I was thinking.

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---------- Post added at 06:37 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:36 PM ----------

When you did your rebuild, did you take it to machine shop and what else did you have done?

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I bought an 88 Short Block for $120 just so I could get the Crank, Rods & Pistons from it because they are TRW Forged Pistons (Which you need if you plan to Turbo or Super Charge Later). Then I bought a 95 Bare Block for $80. I took it to an Engine Builder / Machine Shop (Pro Performance Engines). The Cylinders were in Great Shape so they were just Honed. Pistons & Rods were Re-Conditioned, Crank was Machined & Polished. Put all New Bearings, Seals, Freeze Plugs, etc. Had Ford Racing E303 Cam Installed. Had Heads Machined to Fit Viton Valve Stem Seals, Used Dual Coil Valve Springs w/ Damper, 1.6 Roller Rockers, Valve Job. Oh...They were GT40 3-Bar Heads off a 96 Explorer. Also Used GT40 Intake. There's pics of the Motor in "View My Pictures".
Engine Shop did 80% of the Build. Cost me $700 to have it done. Would have only been $450 except I had extensive work done on the Heads that added $250 to the bill.
Now I bought all my own parts...they just put it together as I was afraid of ruining all my brand new parts if I didn't space things right or torque it correct, etc.
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I'm going to check the pics on my computer to see if I have a picture that shows that area on the block.
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Old 11-12-2014, 01:18 PM   #6
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Still had Crank & Timing Chain on in pics so couldn't see anything.
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Go on latemodel and get a nice cheap block


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Latemodel has a short block with cast pistons for $999.


Call around a few machine shops and see what they would charge you for a short block.


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Move up to a 351 motor! That's what I would do in your situation


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Unfortunately I live in California. .....otherwise I would

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I'm so close to
Doing a coyote swap....


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Coyote would be sweet

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I think that may just be a flaw in the casting. If it broke after the engine was assembled then you would have found a big chunk of cast-iron in the oil pan.
That's not ideal but if that engine is original and it has never been rebuilt, I wouldn't worry too much about it... It's lived this long!
Hell, now you have a 302 block that is 1 ounce lighter than most of them!
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You know I just talked to a good friend who knows his cars and he said the same thing! Let's hope it is the truth. I have a guy at the machine shop that I am going to take it to anyway and I will get his opinion. You know I have a dumb question; are stroker kits smog legal?

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The technician that is doing the testing will never know that the engine is stroked if you don't tell him. Same thing goes with cams.
If they ask any questions (Which is rare), the engine is stock as far as you know.
It will, of course, still have to pass the visual inspection and the "Sniffer" test but there is no "Tear Down" during smog inspection so the inside of the engine is, basically, yours to do with what you please.
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Well I already bought a e303 cam; I wanted a little lope but not too much.

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Well, pulled motor out of my 1994 Cobra to basically overhaul it. It is down to the bare block and I spent some time cleaning it yesterday. Upon inspection I noticed where the distributor goes and the camshaft enters looks like a break. Has anyone noticed this or am I screwed?

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It would be good for a boat anchor. Like others have said get a new block. I wouldn't trust trying to make a repair.


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