Underneath the distributor...

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Underneath the distributor...

Postby lazyrus » 05 Dec 2006, 13:06

... lies this little problem.

<img src="http://static.flickr.com/116/308106451_5014279b0b.jpg?v=0">

Anyone know what the part's called, where I can get one and how to replace it?

It probably won't get done, if it gets done at all, for ages, as I need to find a garage to do it in (if anyone knows of a lock-up for rent in the Firth Park area of Sheffield, let me know) and the car needs a large amount of other work. But it might, one day.

(I did post questions about this car in 2005 from my memory before having looked at it again, but didn't have access to a garage then, either).
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Postby chris(not) » 05 Dec 2006, 13:47

It's the "distributor drive gear" or something like that- should be understood anyway.

I hope none of the bits ended up tangled in the gears between the broken bit and the camshaft gear or you could be looking at a new camshaft as well :(

What happened, did the dizzy seize up on you?
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Postby lazyrus » 05 Dec 2006, 15:45

I can't remember exactly what happened. There was a major internal engine problem (I forget what), which I had repaired on the cheap as I was a skint student. It still cost about £300. Then, a year or so later, the distributor just stopped turning one day as I tried to start it. The engine would fire, then stop. So I took the top of the distributor off and saw what the photo shows. I suspect there may be debris somewhere in the engine.
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Postby Harry Flatters » 05 Dec 2006, 18:00

It's the top of the oil pump shaft that's actually snapped off, and they were prone to it, which is why on later vehicles the two lugs are the same size.

You need either an oil pump with an offset drive, or an oil pump and distributor with a centre drive.

Engine out job. If you didn't repair the engine properly previously or it's suspect it may pay you to put a good second-hand engine in.
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Postby Gordo » 05 Jan 2007, 12:06

I've a brand new, still boxed, offset drive oil pump if you have problems sourcing one.
The offset ones also suffered increased bushing wear, I believe, as they were always enevenly loaded.
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