Yesterday I pick up a phase 2 silver top 1800 Zetec, for vurtually free, the price of a few beers. I knew it had been standing outside for two years under a sheet. I was told it turned over. I set about examining it last night. Put a spanner on the crank, would not turn. Thinking one of the ancillaries could be seized I cut the aux drive belt off. Still won't turn. Out with a socket and big bar, a gentle push with a 1m tube on the socket wrench got it to turn, did a few moves of the ratchet. Then thought to check it will do a full turn I marked the crank and continued to turn it. One full turn no problem. Then moved the engine from the trailer on to a trolley , big problem - now it won't turn over. Maximum it will turn is approx 1/2 a turn.
- stuck valve
- drawn in water causing hydraulic pressure
Had a look in the throttle body, could see water. Whipped out the plugs and went to turn it over to drive out the water. Nothing, still only 1/2 turn
Checked the cam followers / lifters as the cam shafts rotate, each seem to follow the limited movement of the cam shafts.
- stuck valve
- broken piston ring stuck above piston
- foreign debris in the cylinders
Any advice of thoughts please. The engine has the code RKC so I believe it to be a 115 bhp Escort engine
I think the head will be coming off. This bargain is now looking expensive