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Re: [T3] Not quite there yet (addendum)

DanielB=> what's the chance the engine has
=> been damaged by being filled with petrol?

That's another point I thought of later -- if you had such a large carb
leak, it would most likely have filled up one cylinder, even both. This
would have caused at least a severe starting problem, at worst a bent rod or
burst head. Yeah, paranoid.

In case it hasn't been clear up to now, I'm dubious about the
fuel-in-the-oil diagnosis, leading to the blown main seal. I can't be sure,
of course, but I think it more likely that the oil was low when you got the
car and remained low until you did the oil change. I don't have an opinion
on the overfilling or perception thereof -- I'm hoping for better data on
that one -- but it seems likely to me that properly filling (or overfilling)
the case with oil could have uncovered an *existing* seal problem. (And
you've checked that the case breather is clear, right?)

Anyway, here's your bottom line on the seal -- yes, you have to pull the
engine, and no, you don't have to tear it down. You probably figured that
out already. Yes, you have to fix the left accelerator pump, and you've
probably got some wear seepage from a throttle or two (this is an air leak,
and the fuel points it out), and you probably have some fine-tuning of the
fuel system to do, but so far I don't hear strong indication of anything
more serious.

Steven Ayres, Prescott AZ
'66 KG1600

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