[Healeys] Engine Milestone and setback - update

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Tue May 7 18:57:50 MDT 2013

Aren't the felt plugs installed after the cap?

If the rear main cap wasn't fully seated an oil leak would be the least of your worries, I would think.


On 5/7/2013 11:28 AM, john spaur wrote:
> This week I finally had time to pull the engine/tranny out to attempt to fix the reoccurring oil leak. Last December I 
> had reinstalled the rebuilt engine/tranny and it immediately leaked more than normal. When I took everything apart I 
> found a leak between the transmission mounting plate and block where the gasket had failed at the #4 cam oil galley. I 
> attributed the failure to contamination of the gasket sealer or a gasket that was too thick. Fixed it in January and 
> reinstalled the engine/tranny only to find what seemed to be a worse leak.
> This time when I looked at everything really closely again, the mounting plate was not leaking but I noticed the rear 
> main bearing cap was not fully seated. After removing it I could see why. The felt sealing plugs had mushroomed around 
> the top when they were installed which prevented the cap from fully seating. I should have noticed this. Part of the 
> problem I installed felt plugs that were to fat. There are two different diameters and I had been sent the wrong ones 
> by the supplier.
> Engine/tranny reinstalled and no apparent leak yet.
> Now I can concentrate on my concours restoration. What factory original leaks should a Healey have to score gold?
> John Spaur
> San Jose
> '62 BT7
> _______________________________________________

Bob Spidell           San Jose, CA            bspidell at comcast.net


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