What condition was the car in when it was stored?
I can't think of anything obvious that would cause the engine not to
rotate fully, but I would pull the oil pan and take a look. BTW, I have
a '77 Spit I'm parting out right now. Need any parts?
'61 Racin' Herald
> I've recently begun the process of doing a "body-off" restoration of my '79
> Spitfire. It has been garaged for 9 years and is in reasonably fair shape.
> I tried to move the engine by hand and it slips easily for about 3/4 turn
> and then gets hung up. The transmission is in the neutral position. When
> it comes to a stop, it emits a sliding clunk sound. With the rocker arm
> removed, I have watched the action of the push rods and they all move fine
> except for 7 and 8. Given that it has only rotated 3/4 of a revolution, I
> wonder if the valves are causing the problem or if it hasn't rotated enough
> to open them. Any thoughts on what could be hanging it up. This weekend
> was going to be dedicated to suspension work, but maybe I'll pull the head
> and take an inside look.