[Healeys] Oil seeping from distributor tower

Chris Dimmock austin.healey at gmail.com
Tue Apr 5 05:25:15 MDT 2016

Hey guys. 
2 quick suggestions. 
1. The best way to find an oil leak. 
Degrease engine, hose off with water. Kiss your wife, as she heads off to the shops. Wave, smile. 
Start engine to warm it up. Duck up inside, grab her hairdryer and talcum powder*. 
Use hairdryer to ensure suspect leak area is dry. Apply talcum powder. Apply liberally, shaking from highest point. Restart engine and wipe fingerprints off hairdryer and talc. 
Run until hot. 
Have a beer, then inspect the leak suspect area. Follow the oiled talc to the highest point on the engine. You'll be surprised how talc shows so many leaks are actually e.g. Rocker cover gasket, rather than side plate gasket. 
*If you're single, you can just use flour. Your Mum will have some. 
2. Anneal copper washers. 
Here's a good explanation:
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> On 5 Apr 2016, at 7:26 AM, Peter & Veronica <greylinn at ozemail.com.au> wrote:
> G’day Simon
> When I've had that problem with carb banjos, first I've faced either side of the banjo on fine wet & dry on a sheet of glass. I have tried annealing copper washers with a small propane torch, but it's easy to end up with a blob of copper! When all else fails, I use blue Hylomar sealant.
> Cheers
> Peter
> From: Simon Lachlan
> Sent: Monday, April 4, 2016 11:56 PM
> To: 'Healey List'
> Subject: [Healeys] Oil seeping from distributor tower

>  .....It’s the banjo where the bolt holds the oil feed pipe to the distributor tower. I guess that rules out all you non-mechanical drive tacho guys???
> Anyhow, I took the bolt out and found a copper washer on either side of the union. Much as I’d expected. These washers looked pretty tired so I replaced them. Made no difference. I could get another half turn once the engine had warmed up, but it still seeped......
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