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Teksid 2V Tech Article (Must Read)

Bill

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Those springs are beefy and the rods are absolutely beautiful. You will love the MM front end. We were a MM dealer/installer for years and swear by them. It will give you steering geometry control that is hard to beat and is durable enough for daily driver use. If you haven't looked at chassis stiffening products yet, Brian Figg at Stifflers makes about the best subframe triangulation system on the market. Even if you already have subframe connectors, his stuff can be adapted to almost any brand connector.
 

Kmax

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The MM front end is excellent. It was a bit of a bear to install (first time for me, big 3-day learning curve) but it definitely raised the handling and "feel" a few notches. I installed MM subframe connectors later and noticed the difference in ride immediately... more solid, likely a combination of stiffening the chassis and anchoring the seats more securely. I'll have a look at the Stifflers site, thanks for the tip. Here's the bottom of the front end after i got the final tweaking done.
Sorry i kinda drifted off the Teksid thread, back to that in a couple days. I just found out that the "lightly used" Fidanza aluminum flywheel i acquired is not salvageable, so i'm going with a McLeod Chromoly flywheel to match the McLeod "Street Pro" clutch i have for this build. If anybody thinks that's a bad choice (i've done some research that suggests a really lightweight flywheel might not be a good thing for a daily driver), let me know. ...regards, kevin
 

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Kmax

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January 6 update... no, not about politics! I haven't been able to find a F3AE-6C086-AE ('94-'95 Tbird) timing cover, so i bought a 2W7E-6C086-AC (for a 2004 Mustang) cover and test-fitted it to the Teksid block... it fits perfectly. Since i'm using Romeo heads, the bolt holes should match up. Here's a photo of the timing cover fitted to the block (sorry, it's still wrapped in plastic). The belt tensioner was included with the cover.
Bill, do you recall what modifications you had to make when you had to substitute a different timing cover for the Tbird timing cover?
...regards, kevin
 

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Bill

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January 6 update... no, not about politics! I haven't been able to find a F3AE-6C086-AE ('94-'95 Tbird) timing cover, so i bought a 2W7E-6C086-AC (for a 2004 Mustang) cover and test-fitted it to the Teksid block... it fits perfectly. Since i'm using Romeo heads, the bolt holes should match up. Here's a photo of the timing cover fitted to the block (sorry, it's still wrapped in plastic). The belt tensioner was included with the cover.
Bill, do you recall what modifications you had to make when you had to substitute a different timing cover for the Tbird timing cover?
...regards, kevin
The only problems I've seen are when the holes didn't match up properly. As I recall, all I did was fill them to create a seal.
 

Joe Jr.

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Found this thread that Bill started last night. Can't believe this goes back to 2012 when he started it. anyways was considering a teksid motor build also with my fox lake windsor heads and found this. Great information!
 

Bill

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Hi Joe. Welcome to the party. Dig in and make yourself at home. You'll find a lot of builders here that have a great deal of experience and information offered up. If you decide to do the build, please do a build thread so that others can learn from your experiences. There are always little nuances that don't make it into a tech article that help others. Pictures are nice also :)
 

Kmax

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Unfortunately, my project has slowed down while waiting for parts :rolleyes: I didn't get a picture of balancing the crank, but here's a picture of it after balancing (yes, it was balanced with the flywheel and clutch attached). It was pretty close, but did need some shaving and drilling. The pistons and rods are also weight-matched. I've always been a bit nervous when getting close to redline! This is the '99 Cobra crank, note the nice forged colour.
...regards, kevin
 

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Kmax

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I had a couple dyno pulls done a week ago, just to get a baseline for this project. The engine in the car has 270,xxx KM on it, runs well, burns no oil. The intake manifold has developed a small coolant leak over the past few months which has motivated me to get this done. Here's the dyno result.
...regards, kevin
 

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Kmax

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February 19 update... the rotating assembly is installed. No issues, but those little %$#& C-clips that retain the wrist pins are evil. Since this build is a collection of parts from many sources, i don't have access to some of the fasteners. Bill, or anybody else, do you know what types of bolts are used (looks like they're "shoulder bolts") to install the timing chain guides? I bought a Trick Flow timing kit, but it didn't include fasteners....
I've read that a stroker kit makes the pistons extend a bit too far out of the cylinders, note how much skirt is exposed at stock BDC! Here's what it looks like today. ...regards, kevin
 

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