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Cylinder sleeve
#1

I've got an 88 TC block that has some damage to one cylinder. The machinist suggested sleeving that cylinder so I can re-use my factory pistons (if everything checks out).
Will sleeving that cylinder cause any problems or reliability issues?
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#2

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The success of sleeving a block depends on a variety of factors, not the least of which is the competence & experience of the machinist! Other factors, such as the wall thickness & sleeve composition also enter into the equation. Obviously, the expansion/contraction qualities of the sleeve and block must be VERY similar to avoid loosening and the wall thickness will dictate whether or not the boring bar must break into the water jacketing. IOW......it depends!! 

Back in "the day", a strong cement  made from a mixture of litharge and glycerin was used to install sleeves. But, I imagine more-modern adhesives/sealants are used nowadays......DUNNO!  FWIW, the .060-over BBC block in my S/Gas Vega had a couple of sleeved cylinders and I never had any probs relating to their installation or longevity.  <shrug>
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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#3

Thanks for the reply. He is working on a head for me now, so I guess I'll see how that goes. He's got a lot of 2.3 parts laying around his shop and tells me he used to circle track these engines NA. I wasn't sure if it would be a viable long term fix, or would be better suited to just keep you going for a few more races.
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#4

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If done correctly, sleeving shouldn't cause any issues, given the problem you're correcting (one scored cyl). OTOH, if you were attempting to resurrect a "breached"  cyl that had a hole punched thru it or a "wet" split/crack.....then I would recommend against it. My 2¢......  <shrug>
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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#5

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/lct-37424?rrec=true

And have the machinist leave a step at the bottom for the sleeve to rest on so it cant slip downward.
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(01-14-2021, 06:49 PM)sturner1254 Wrote:  https://www.summitracing.com/parts/lct-37424?rrec=true

And have the machinist leave a step at the bottom for the sleeve to rest on so it cant slip downward.
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