The Resurrection of Freedom: Part 2

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The old 4A engine after being removed from my Avante
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The old 4A engine after being removed from my Avante

We decided to find out if the engine head was indeed the problem, as mentioned in the previous blog. Some good news, and bad news; it wasn’t the problem.

The head was pressure tested and found to be okay, it was freshly skimmed anyway and now awaits to be reunited with its cylinder block one day in the future.

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Newly skimmed and pressure tested head.

This pretty much confirmed that the engine block is at fault, and only meant that it has to be removed and replaced. We also noticed that if your felt the inside of the cylinder of my car’s engine block, you could easily feel ridges. So reboring the cylinders is now also on the books.

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The Engine Block awaiting to be removed

The “new” engine that we purchased, seems to actually be in a worse condition than the old engine we’re removing, with one slight difference. It’s not filled up with water. The best plan of action seems to be to get my current engine overhauled and use the “new” engine as a temporary measure so that I can at least have a form of transport once again.

Special note has to be mentioned of my father, who spent his birthday getting himself covered in oil and grime while working on the car.

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How my father spent his birthday.

We drained the oil to lighten the engine a fraction before its removal. Though what came out of the engine was not what you could call oil. Oddly, afterwards I really did feel like a glass of Amarula.

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Anyone for some Amarula Oil?

Hoisting the engine and gearbox out was actually a much simpler affair than I thought it was going to be, basically disconnecting the drive-shaft and then removing the four engine mounts.

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About to be hoisted.

After the engine was removed, we proceeded to clean it off with paraffin, since there are many parts we still need to swop between the two engines.

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High Pressure Paraffin cleaning.

And at this point, I’m going to rant:

What ever happened to honest people? The reason I’m going insane and rebuilding my poor car, is not only out of love, but out of necessity. I pretty much have no budget to buy a new car or upgrade my Avante. If I did, I’d love to drop a 4A-GE into her as so many people have decided would be an awesome idea.

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My Avante’s engine and gearbox.

So when on the lookout for an engine, why do people keep trying to sell off their ruined engines? First engine we had a look at was also filled with water. And now this “new” engine on closer inspection has a few issues. The most worrying, the crank-shaft is loose.

People sell off their engines because they are “upgrading to a more powerful engine”. At least be honest about why you’re upgrading. Not because you want more power, but because you’ve screwed up your previous engine.

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Another view of my poor engine

The “new” engine, besides having a loose crank-shaft, has silicone sealer everywhere, including places where you’d expect the gaskets to be creating the seals. Apparently silicone is also a great replacement for rubber o-rings…

So it really does look like we’ll be overhauling the original engine to eventually go back into my Avante. Unless some kind soul would donate a 4A-GE that we could drop in 😉

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It might be easier to replace my 70HP with a Single father power. Flintstone style.

 The Resurrection of Freedom: Part 1 HERE

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