My 2nd NK: '68 Granada 2000 (1341378)

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I had a 304 Schrick w/11.1mm lift, with 45 doce and 11.1 CR.  It worked great on track days and was still pretty good on the street.  Just had to keep the revs up around 3k..


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Today was they day I finally tore down the engine.  I've actually never removed a full engine from a car before or taken apart a full engine (I've disassembled and rebuilt a head/reinstalled in-car), so was fun new territory for me.   I was surprised the block disassembly only took me two hours today, including cleaning up my garage.  Next I need to have the block cleaned and magnafluxed, then if it's good it'll be bored out to first overbore (second, if needed) and put back together.  I didn't see any cracks, but it'll need a professional to make that call.


A few photos below with some light comments, you can view the full set here: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0xGgZLKuJI9Go9


Before starting:



Pan off...kinda dirty in there (remember this engine had milk-shaked in ~1996 and sat like that until 2018):



Getting things off...gonna go through a lot of ziplocs with this car:




Flipped-over, starting to remove the pistons:



Pistons out...Mahle, stock size for a '75 '02 (8.5:1 comp):



And all done!!!




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I have a quote in-hand from Terry Tinney of Livermore, CA (http://www.terrytinney.com) for the machine work on my block and head.  He's a little backlogged, so work will likely be commencing in June.  The block will be tanked and fluxed, the bored to first-overbore and honed, and decked if needed.  The head will get cleaned and decked (if needed) new valves (incl. guides/seals) and a 3-angle valve job.  I'll be specifying larger valves and will be going with Terry's recommendation as he's built plenty of m10's.  I plan to assemble the engine myself.


I've finally settled on what specs I want for the engine: I was debating between building to 2000 Ti specs, but have since decided to go a bit further and am looking at the 1800 Ti/SA configuration as a guide... a "2.0 Ti/SA" so to speak.  I'll be ordering custom pistons from Ireland Engineering, aiming for 10.5:1 compression, and a cam from dbilas, probably somewhere between 292º and 304º...still debating that.  In the spirit of the Ti/SA, I'll be going with the dual sidedraft Weber 45's.  I've done a lot of reading and realize the jump from the 40 Solex's to the 45 Webers means the engine will be much more high-strung, but I think I want that...when I forced myself to think about my goals for the car, specifically how I want to use it, I realized I won't be driving it often or on frequent long trips, so a high-strung engine won't be annoying to me at all.  I'll be driving it on weekends, taking it to car events and drives, and possibly a less-than-once-per-year long-distance (I mean within CA or a bordering state) car event.  I'm even considering taking it to some auto-crosses since it has the sway bars and green springs already.


Cost is definitely going up-up-up, though (you all know the drill).  Originally I was hoping the engine could simply be coaxed into life again, but after seeing the evidence of the head gasket failure, I knew that wasn't a reality.  I then switched to searching for a running 2.0 m10, which is possible to get, but not for any kind of money you'd be willing to spend on a bone-stock "used" US-spec engine with unknown mileage (wah wah).  So then I circled-back to rebuilding what I have...and if I'm doing that (and spending nearly $2500 on machine work), I might as well build an engine I want rather than a stock unit, so here I am...looking down the barrel of a $4k+ engine build.  Happy days.  The good news is that the engine can be transplanted into whichever car I ultimately plan to keep (the Chamonix NK is still awaiting my inspection and ultimate decision), so it won't be a loss at all.  Anyway, until next time =)

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So...unfortunately shortly after my last post, 2018 ran me over.  The red NK has been sitting in my back driveway, untouched since last April (like most of my personal life).  Mostly crazy amounts of work ("yay" for having a career...), but family, money, time, etc etc etc, have also all played a part.


That said, I'm getting ready to dive back in.  I never got the engine to Terry, just never had time, but still plan to do so at some point this summer.  Meanwhile, a friend recently found a decent (ie: could be running easily) 1.8 from an e21 for $200 for me.  While it's not ideal, it will enable me to get the project moving forward and the car put together while I'm navigating a better engine rebuild with the 2.0 block.


I'm also trying to figure out everything I need to rebuild the front suspension/subframe so I can actually put the engine back in...that one's a bit harder because it has some kind of frankensteined front axle mixed with NK/02 parts, but with the single-circuit brake system. Fun.


I'm excited to get this moving again!  Things are settling down for me, career is going well (have had two raises in the last 14 months) and so I think it's time.  Not much else to say, just thought I'd make a quick update, say hi, and see what's up around here.

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