> Yes, that rubber cover in the engine plate is available from
> Moss, part # 297-495
> Given that you said it disintegrated when you removed it,
> there is a possibility that a leak from the oil-pan gasket
> could be getting into the bell housing via that faulty cover.
> Which would explain the presence of oil on the cotter pin.
Interesting, hadn't thought of that. I'm skeptical but perhaps...
> I would suggest you order one of those covers, and perhaps an
> oil-pan gasket. Clean out as much of the oil in the bell
> housing as you can through the inspection hole then fit the
> new cover. If that stops the oil from showing up on the
> cotter pin, you should be able to rule out the crank seal.
> Then you just need to fix the oil pan gasket :)
Definitely good suggestions! Thanks James.
By the way, does the engine need to be lifted to do the pan gasket?
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