A month on from my last tinker and feeling the need, I remembered I’d chopped up an old Renault 12 scissorjack handle to use in a drill as a high sped jack winder at some time!
So I dug it out from one of the sheds and while it might be “metric” I figured it would be close enough to try
So I gave it a bit of rough grinding and got it to fit a 10mm socket
Tap with a hammer and Jobs done.
So with a couple of hours spare and a month since the Diesel in the bores has ahd time to work, some long 1/2″ extensions and I figured I may be onto a winner, worth a try anyway.
So having felt the way in with a torch I was well chuffed when the “tool” picked up on the crank end and felt cammed in! Stuck a nice big comfy ratchet handle on it and gave it a little push!
Well its at this point I’d like to be writing how it suddenly gave and the engine is now spinning like a top!
Sadly it was not to be and despite increasing pressure and weight on the handle it became clear that it was not going anywhere 🙁
Until the socket walls gave way and now it needs welding onto the shaft for the next attempt.
So that’s that unless I get some bright ideas? Stuck another good squirt of pluss gas in each plugghole and about half a cupful of diesel for good measure, and moved on to something else to take my mind off it for now!
Having a little poke around I found the dipstick and was pleased to see that it did have some reasonable looking oil in it, Sadly, it not been further than the sump for a long time and I’m starting to worry that the rings are welded/rusted in the bores.
Another look with idle hands and I see that it’s also had a fuel pump added on at some time, presumably to feed the Zenith?
Also had a little look at the distributor, it seems in reasonable shape though the rotor arm was quite “floppy.
Looking closely at it I wonder if there should be a small leaf spring in this slot keeping it steady. at the moment theres about 30 deg of movement!
So thats it for todays little look see.
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