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#368085 - 24th Nov 2009 7:35pm Farting about with K-Series head
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In the late summer, decided to do some work on the car.
It was overheating now and then, and had a definite water leak from under the car. Was hoping it was a loose pipe, but there was coolant running down the side of the engine! Discovered later that rubber seal on the water pump had failed. I thought I'd have this done in a day and roughly 50 quid, but it's taken longer than that due to my sh*tty luck and lack time available! laugh Apologies for crappy pics, I only have a lo-qual mobile phone camera!



Tricky bolt positions in tricky to access engine bay = swear box has good night:



'Crappy' head gasket:



I 'bent a valve' taking the crank pulley off - I forgot to take the cam locking tool out and it took about 10 teeth off the belt and the piston whacked them when it finally budged! F**K!

Valvez:



Bent valves - 1/4 moon shape pattern:





Bought new Payen head gasket and head bolts and new valves etc:



In the garage with telly and heater on ahhhh - head half stripped:



Collets = horrible:



Valve replaced with new oil seal in place, good way of getting collet back on is grease on end of valve, and just pop it on:



I dropped one on the floor which is dark - I found it, god knows how.



4 hours later, and all are replaced! Used Loctite 574 flange sealant on the cam carrier:



Head has been on, and took off today again to replace with one that works. I forgot to properly put the oil cam seal in , and it was pissing the lot out of the side. laugh
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#368087 - 24th Nov 2009 7:38pm Re: Farting about with K-Series head [Re: DavidB]
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Wish I had the time and the space to have tried that sorta thing with the Alfa.

One thing to say about the K Series, good engines, but they dont half look industrial. Thought they could have designed them to look a bit better raftl
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#368091 - 24th Nov 2009 7:45pm Re: Farting about with K-Series head [Re: MGCraig]
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Lovin it mate, K'er ftw!

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#368439 - 26th Nov 2009 5:20pm Re: Farting about with K-Series head [Re: MattLFC]
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Got new half an engine, was typical scrapyard special with everything still on, but half cut off with the angle grinder (even the wiring):



Put it on, bolted everything up, tried to loosen the idle pulley but it was stuck fast. Managed to lightly strip it due to lack of space:





So, out it came AGAIN!



Managed to TOTALLY strip the crappy torq nut - why do manufacturers use these? They are SHIT:





By now, I could care less about being 'careful', so when the drill failed:



I whipped out the angle grinder:



More for the reason that the friction turns it red hot and frees the little begger:



Stretch bolts possibly stretched beyond required stretchiness:



Torquing up thanks to Mr Gilly:



Back together again - too dark to do belt, so will finish tommorow!



Fingers crossed!
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#368452 - 26th Nov 2009 7:14pm Re: Farting about with K-Series head [Re: DavidB]
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nice one bud smile
now thats my luck with the pulley!

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#368691 - 27th Nov 2009 3:08pm Re: Farting about with K-Series head [Re: chris_gilly]
DavidB Offline
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I'm getting no spark, and then the starter motor disintegrated. I hate this fooking car.
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#368693 - 27th Nov 2009 3:11pm Re: Farting about with K-Series head [Re: DavidB]
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how old is it bud? might be able to help yer smile

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#368928 - 28th Nov 2009 10:28pm Re: Farting about with K-Series head [Re: chris_gilly]
DavidB Offline
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It's 98 I think?
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#368938 - 28th Nov 2009 11:55pm Re: Farting about with K-Series head [Re: DavidB]
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ahh doh frown ive got an OBD2 diagnostic kit, but it only works on '02 or later cars, no spark you say? i could have a look for yer if you like, PM me if you like! laugh

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#369383 - 30th Nov 2009 4:13pm Re: Farting about with K-Series head [Re: chris_gilly]
DavidB Offline
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I actually think I've not plugged something in, it was too dark and chucking it down and I packed up before I could be arsed having a proper look!
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#369386 - 30th Nov 2009 4:20pm Re: Farting about with K-Series head [Re: DavidB]
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When you get a spark, it probably still wont start due to low compression raftl

Yer, im sorry for taking the piss haha! Everyone knows I love the ald K really.

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#369820 - 1st Dec 2009 6:39pm Re: Farting about with K-Series head [Re: MattLFC]
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God knows why there was no spark, but it has it now. Put a new starter on, but it still wouldn't turn over. Check the wiring, argh, the eye connector had cracked! Put new connector on and it took about 1 minute to start properly, but got going in the end! Hurrah!
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#370224 - 2nd Dec 2009 10:28pm Re: Farting about with K-Series head [Re: DavidB]
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Thanks for the thread mate, love reading these, its more fun watching than doing.
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#370621 - 4th Dec 2009 1:12pm Re: Farting about with K-Series head [Re: diggingdeeper]
DavidB Offline
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It certainly is - I wouldn't mind doing in the summer, but it's horrible in the winter. I've now got another whole car that I have to strip before the start of January! Argh.
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#381876 - 20th Jan 2010 9:46am Re: Farting about with K-Series head [Re: DavidB]
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Great work.
I like the sound and power delivery of a k-series but the HGF is a big put off.

Did it hold up ?

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