good pointIf you had a bigger garage, you would just fill it up. Everytime I clean out a barn, my dad fills it back up. At least I have gotten rid of the pile of old farm equipment.
It's definitely a timing issue. I can take the chain off the driver's side by hand. The slack adjuster is broken as seen in the pics. You can see on the other side how it's supposed to look. The hydraulic unit that applies pressure has pushed thru the adjuster. The aduster is also walking off it's pivot.Have you verified a timing issue yet? Is the any timing marks to verify?
yeah we were not finding anything wrong but it wouldn't run! The one time we did get it to run it was very short duration. I didn't hear any knocking like rods or mains. It ran long enough to blow rich fuel smoke out of the exhaust but that was probably because it was running on four cylinders!As much as the whole deal sucks, its a relief to find the cause. Hopefully you'll have to go no further than pulling the one head. Of all of the broken timing chain/belt jobs I've done, none have had damaged pistons.
You are correct in that the 2 valve 4.6 you could get for free almost but the four cam is a different story. The reason he bought the Aviator is because it uses the same aluminum block, heads and cams as the Cobra and Mach 1. The only difference is the crank and pistons which are forged in the Cobra engines and the 5 speed Mach 1's (auto equipped Mach 1's used the identical long block). The intake is different too but the Aviator intake is suppose to make more torque and HP so it's worth more than the Mach 1 or naturally aspirated Cobra intake to some gearheads. He will sell/swap his for a Mach 1 intake (which he needs to use the shaker set-up he already has). The naturally aspirated Cobra intake is the same as the Mach 1 except for soem bosses cast in for the shaker brackets to bolt onto. Mach 1 engines go for about $1500 to $2000. 96-02 Cobra engines are around $3000 and up and the supercharged Cobra engines are near unobtainable. The heads evolved over the years and the 05 Aviator has the best heads.I know how you are, Craig, and get that you enjoy doing all this with your kid but 4.6 mod motors are like a dime a dozen these days. Might it make more sense to just pick up a different engine? I'm sure it could found for less than the cost of parts and whatever to fix this one. If you were going to do a complete rebuild I get it but...
That's what I have been doing with a Volvo I bought last year. I wanted the wheels off it and some misc parts. Pulled off what I needed and have been parting out the rest. So far I've sold about off about $4500 worth of parts and still have the complete interior to go yet. He could use it to fund his project and then some.he got the whole Aviator for $800 and could potentially sell off a lot of it on Craigslist or eBay. The trans alone is worth several hundred. Even without the engine it should be worth a couple hundred in scrap. So he will end up with the engine and some essential wiring needed for the swap for very small investment. If he is patient and sells off fendoers. doors, wheels, seats, etc. the engine might end up being free or he could even make money.
Wow. That's pretty impressive. I assume you are in the black on it at this point?That's what I have been doing with a Volvo I bought last year. I wanted the wheels off it and some misc parts. Pulled off what I needed and have been parting out the rest. So far I've sold about off about $4500 worth of parts and still have the complete interior to go yet. He could use it to fund his project and then some.