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Old 03-10-2014   #16
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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

you won't find anyone here saying it deserves scrapping for that!! quite the opposite infact, its a nice little punto and a head skim and some new gaskets is nothing money wise. Plus on top of it all you will have slightly higher compression than before so a smidge more power (prob not noticeable lol but it all counts!!)
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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

cheers fellas, nice to know not everyone thinks i'm daft haha. i've always assumed i'll be the last owner of this car, so it might aswell have a few last interesting years!
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(random pic i found before new bumper and lowering, also accurate bird poo bombing not long after washing it!)

regarding head skimming, is it only very specialist places that do it? heard from other threads its around 30 to do (maybe old price now).

forgot to mention I created more problems for myself when i took off the timing belt to check the water pump for leaks, forgot bout the whole cam/crank alignment business so it wouldnt even start when i put it all back haha.
despite this, starting to relish the challenge of getting this punto going again, rather than dread it!

P.S. blu, had wondered for ages what your avatar was from, started watching Archer a few weeks ago and only just realised!
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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

haha, Archer is brilliant - i need to catch up i think there is most of a series i have not watched now.

Have a search in yellow pages or what not for a local engine rebuilder or good engineering firm, they will be able to sort you a skim out. Its not a normal garage bit of kit really. Anywhere from about 25 to about 50 i would say for a skim depending on where you are and who you use etc.
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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

A decent local motor factor will be able to recommend somewhere. Best to get the valve seats re-cut while you're at it (will need the valve clearance adjusting afterwards).
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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

attacked the head gasket situation at the weekend, didn't get round to posting and i'm bored at work at the mo haha.
first off the replacement fiesta, have absolutely no love for this car but it does the job, more comfortable and easier to drive than the Punto, but boring as hell, as the radio reception is poo!
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Ingenious use of bungee cord to support the exhaust mani if i do say so myself. got the cylinder head off to discover the gasket wasn't actually in bad shape, was expecting something horrific. A LOT of carbon build up on both the cylinder head bits and tops of pistons, probably because i ran the car for more than a year with the lambda sensor unplugged! what can i say, just gotta run rich
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collection of all the removed parts (in a tesco delivery grocery crate lol)

discovered a piece of rubbery stuff inside what i assume is a coolant passage in the black, pulled/ripped it out but not sure what it is, maybe water pump sealent?

planning on cleaning everything up at the weekend, get the brillo pads and we n dry paper out and go to town. will remember to use a block etc. so as not to make any surfaces uneven, tempted to buy a dremel when i get paid and use a brass wire wheel to help. also picked up a valve reseater stick thing(?) from halfords while i was there, saw a youtube vid guide on it and thought i might give it a go.

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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

yep that looks like some instant gasket - some previous person working on it clearly got a bit carried away with the sealant lol. That might be how your thermostat got stuck i suppose...
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those black color valves, does that mean engine is ****ed up?
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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

not at all, means it could do with a clean though, its a bit black than it should be and running rich all the time does result in bore wash eventually
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do you need to take valves out to clean them or just clean the top and with what
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Re: my 200 '95 Mk1 75sx 'Paddy Punto'

depends how bad it is really
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cant remember if there is a guide in haynes on how to remove valves
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had a quick flick through haynes and don't think i saw any pictures of valves being removed. i asssume you take just camshaft off first > somethingelse > abrakebabra = valves slide out?

just ordered a dremel off amazon so should cut down on carbon cleaning a fair bit, gonna do a light once over on the ports while i'm at it. might do some polishing as well? i understand now what people say about head gasket jobs, it's just a slippery slope of 'I might as well since i'm in there'. at this rate the car won't be running for months!
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to be honest i have never gone as far you are going... I would soak it all in petrol for a bit and then clean off what comes off easy with a rag. Repeat a few times if its properly stuck on.

After that if there was anything left on mating surfaces i would really carefully clean them off with a stanley blade.
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to be honest i have never gone as far you are going... I would soak it all in petrol for a bit and then clean off what comes off easy with a rag. Repeat a few times if its properly stuck on.

After that if there was anything left on mating surfaces i would really carefully clean them off with a stanley blade.

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