The latest update on this turd:
I ordered a new con-rod, piston, rings, & wrist pin off eBay. Whole deal shipped just under $100, but the catch is, you have to assemble it. Done that a million times so I figure a slam-dunk ....... er, NOT!
This stupid-assed thing has no circlips - so what holds the pin in position is an interference fit into the small end of the con-rod. Well, I've got a 20 ton press - piece of cake ... right? NOT!!!
Destroyed the new piston ... so now more money to spend. Got another piston, wrist pin & rings for $53 shipped. So I figure the Ford dealership would assemble that no problem ... right??? NOT!!!!!!
Get this one: The Ford DEALERSHIP does NOT have the proper tools to perform this procedure!! When the service writer told me that, before I could even think I blurted out ... Are you f'ing serious???? For Christ sake - shouldn't the damn dealership be able to do whatever it takes to repair the damn vehicles they sell??? What the hell kind of operation they running over there???
These new pistons have absolutely no place to support themselves while doing any press work. You've been warned ...
The conspiracy theorist in me says this is on purpose, so you give up and either: A. Buy a new vehicle ... or B. bring it to them for $140/hour and get hosed for 8x the vehicle's value for a new engine.
Ended up finding a machine shop that was fairly close by. Ended up a blessing in disguise, because I now have a local place to do all my motorcycle cylinder boring & head work.
Hopefully this turd will be making CO before the snow flies ......