[Zmagnette] Engine Clatter & pressure drop

Steven Trovato strovato at optonline.net
Mon Nov 11 17:25:31 MST 2013


I think you have to investigate the problem before you can decide on 
a course of action.  Sorry for stating the obvious, but there is 
still  plenty of oil in there, right?  If something failed causing 
all the oil to pour out on that hill, you would have a sudden drop in 
oil pressure and a whole lot of clatter.  What is the state of this 
engine?  Recent rebuild or old and tired?

-Steve T.

At 06:40 PM 11/11/2013, Richard Greenberg wrote:
>Hi all,
>       This is about my TD, but I bet you folks can help.
>       I decided to drive the TD, instead of my Magnette, to our 
> British car club's annual BBQ.  About 25 miles out, running at 
> about 50 mph uphill but not too hot, the engine started clattering 
> and the oil pressure suddenly dropped to about 5 psi.  I had the 
> poor car carried home.
>       Any ideas about what happened? Rod bearing wiped out? Broken 
> rocker arm?
>       If it is one of those things, should I just make the repair, 
> or is it time to have the whole engine rejuvenated?

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