Good news: Put on Justin's silicone valve cover gasket...ahem, correctly this
time. Hopefully that will stem the flow of oil down the back of the engine.
Apologies to all, especially Justin, for wondering aloud to the list whether
the gasket was too long.
Also good news: while I had the cover off, I readjusted the valves. Read
something in the manual I'd missed all those other times: if you want
performance, adjust inlet and exhuast valves at .013. ...However...there will
be corresponding valve clatter. So...I adjusted down to .011, and can't
believe how much quieter the ride got. It helps, though, that the exhaust
valve on #4 was way loose, and is now correct.
Bad news: Two questions:
1) The nuts for adjusting the valves are smaller than 1/2 inch, but are too
big for 13 mm and too small for 12 mm. What the heck are these? Do they come
in a size I can get a wrench for?
2) Most perplexing of all, I find that my points with only a couple thousand
miles on them, are adjusted as gapped as I can get them, and they're barely
.015. I put on a set of new TRF points, thinking the arm that rides on the
rotor might have worn down. Exactly the same problem. I don't recall this
problem when I first did the car, but maybe. Can the steel rotor be that
worn? Or might I have been getting the wrong points?
Terry Smith, '59 TR3A
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