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Ford MK4 Zodiac 3litre engine ,rebuilt engine with new fibre camshaft timing wheel and now i have a terrible whinning noise what could i have done wrong

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Yes this is normal on this type of engine and the early ford transit as well ,now the V6 essex engine doesnt have a counter balance shaft like the V4 transit engine or the ford corsair .Now what is happening is the teeth on the gearwheels are mismatched ,Now when these engines were built the gearwheels were colour coded with either white or yellow paint which signify the pitch of the teeth as more than one supplier was used on the assembly line ,So whats happened here is you have ordered a new gearwheel but not specified the colour code of the replacement part ,although i doubt if these parts are still available so i would assume that the parts used were from a scrapyard or classic car owners club ,well either way the two gears must be matched with the same colour paint ,so either try to get the crank gear from the old engine in the scrapyard or contact the owners club to see if they have a matched pair from another engine .Also make sure you have the right camshaft as these were colour coded as well ,yellow for the Zodiac and white for the capri GT ,now if you fit a capri GT cam you will have a faster top end but very little power at anything below 2000RPM ,now a lot of these cars were autos so make sure its a zodiac cam as the car just will not pull away very well and only do about 16/8 mpg compared with the zodiac cam that will have low end torque and about 25 mpg ,which is a big difference .

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