Wow Larry. I assume you are trying to turn the engine with the spark plugs
out? If not, that will help a lot. You can also remove the distributor and
drive gear, rig up an electric drill with a cut off screw driver that will slot
into the oil pump and turn the pump that way to get oil to the bearings. I
don't remember which way the dizzy turns off the top of my head (I think it is
counter clockwise, but do check... list?) so you want to turn the oil pump the
same way. Also, spray some penetrating oil inside each piston through the
spark plug hole... the cast iron rings may have attached themselves to the
piston walls after all this time. I would not imagine that it is cam bearings,
as there should be enough slack in the chain to allow some movement of the
crank, especially if you are turning it backwards. Also, if you used a good
assembly lube on the crank and rod bearings that stuff is probably still there
even though you have cranked the engine over a bit. I am guessing that it is
the rings being welded to the cylinder walls and being very tight. Good luck!
-- roadster68 <email@example.com> wrote:
Hello Again Fellow Listers, Well I had a friend over on the weekend to try
and solve this mystery. He tested the starter w/out a load and it was fine.
We then went over to the engine for another look. He also questioned me on
the "slightly tight" engine I mentioned to you all. When he tried to turn
it over he could not move it at all. I assured him that this was not what I
meant. Now it looks like the engine is totally bound up somewhere.
Is it possible that I have worn off all the lube used to originally rebuild
the engine. I can't turn the engine either way from the crank. Counter
clockwise only loosens the bolt. The mechanic suggested backing off the cam
bolts to see if the problem is there. i.e. before pulling the engine and
checking the crank bearings. I have never been able to turn over the engine
enough to get the oil pump pressured up and force oil into all the bearings.
Marriage, family etc have all added up to an engine sitting for almost 5
years since it was rebuilt. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.