"Presenting the Pinto 2 Litre EFI"



It runs pretty well, a bit tappy top end and had a pretty big leak from the rocker cover, it smoked a bit on start up but then ran clean as a whistle.It had a brand new battery and most of the ancilliary bits seemed to be OK! We did wonder how on earth the injection unit was going to fit in our little 2B.

Common sense would have led us to hiring an engine hoist, but no we had "Lets get it out now Itis" and just hauled it out, Just Joey and Me. We were careful not to drag it but I think it caught the cross member and made a little hole in the bottom of the sump.

This is the stand that Joey and I threw together it may not look much but it works, It's on wheels, and cost Nowt.
This gave Joey a chance to do some Ark welding which he seemed to enjoy and it also used up some scrap metal which was lying around.
The cylinder head came off easily, We didn't even have to tap it with a mallet as Mr Haynes recommends.
We have noticed that all the engine nuts and bolts we have removed so far have come off easily.
Possibly why it leaked so much then!

The oil must be 100 years old, and the camshaft is really worn (It has ears on the lobes)
Amazingly it seems to have been running pretty well not an lot of carbon on the valve's or the pistons which is promising.
I suppose thats Fuel Injection for you.

The Block was definitely the most awkward bit to clean, not only is it bloody heavy it has lots of little cubby holes and sharp edges.
Industrial cleaner did a good job of getting rid of all the old sticky crud. It is a good idea to have a few large containers to collect all your waste oil and cleaning fluid ready for the tip. Then it was the wire brushes turn....

We have a variety of shaped heavy duty wire brushes that fit on our angle grinder to get the rust off. It works really well and is really quick, but you have to do it outside or you will cover the garage in rust dust.

After the wire brush we used a product called "Kurust" which you paint on and the surface turns dark blue/black when its ready to paint over. We were pretty impressed and after the amount of bottles we have used so far we feel we should "Own the Company".

We used the wire brush on loads of bits and they all came up excellent, especially aluminium bits like the engine mounts.
The cylinder head will be next, we will be removing the valves, grinding them in and putting in new valve seals.

Joey was really looking forward to doing the engine and here was something he could do all on his own, Valve grinding. He has taken a lot of care with this and the results show for themselves.

Valve done, Good job Mate!

PS the little bit of white you see on the valve guide is "Fluff"

After the Kurust we painted the block with 2 coats of Hammerite smooth Blue (less than 8 hours apart).
In real life it looks a bit darker than the picture, and we are pleased with the result so far.

Bit of luck at last when I was talking to my mate Steve Christopher he said he had a Granada that we could have. It was the bottom of the line of a part ex deal and was a good runner with some MOT, 165k on the clock.
We will keep this in one piece and then if we have any problems during the build we can rob from it for spares.

Well the engine is slowly taking shape, we have the block mostly finished, We have had to fit the old leaky sump for now, when we get more gas for the welder we will cure the leaks. Next its finish the head and fit that. We have decided not to fit the cambelt cover because it would be a shame to hide the nicely painted wheels. We got our new cambelt today from "Linco components" in Lincoln, I must say they have been very helpful. In the past I have ordered bits from them over the phone no problem, unlike Lincoln Ford who will not order anything over the phone which means two journeys if they dont have the bits in, Not very helpful!

Well the engine is finished, we didn't think it would ever happen but yes it has.
Last Sunday we spent a few hours, I fitted the Cambelt while Joey fitted the Flywheel.
I was a bit miffed reading the Haynes manual when it advised me to fit the distributor "Aligning the marks that you made when you took it off!" "What marks?" Bugger! I thought it would tell you where to line up the rotor approximately then fine tune it later.
Oh well a quick look at the Granada and the Dizzy went on nearly where it came off (ish).
We fitted the old clutch as it didn't look that old, and the Thrust bearing was OK. We aligned the clutch splines with my middle finger and the gearbox slid on second attempt.
Joey then Gave the gearbox a couple of coats of Hammerite and that was that.
We are quite pleased That our hastily built engine stand is holding up under the weight, That shows that Joeys welding was good enough for the job.