[Healeys] Oil seeping from distributor tower

i erbs eyera3000 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 5 16:39:27 MDT 2016

sexism aside, you can just use a heat gun. They are cheap and have black
handles. helpful for getting your rag top (hood) or tonneaue cover on when
its cold. I have been heat shrinking tube on my new wire harness with it too

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Ira Erbs
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          BT7 engine and disk brakes

On Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 7:25 AM, Chris Dimmock <austin.healey at gmail.com>

> 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:
> http://www.motorcycle.co.uk/reference/annealling-copper-aluminium-washers
> Best
> Chris
> Sent from my iPhone
> 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 <simon.lachlan at homecall.co.uk>
> *Sent:* Monday, April 4, 2016 11:56 PM
> *To:* 'Healey List' <healeys at autox.team.net>
> *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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