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I'm trying to turn the engine by hand to check/set tappets etc but is there any special trick. It's 1959 3A with electric fan. I've removed spark plugs but can't turn it by pulling on the fan belt and I can't get a socket in place on the nut; well I can but the ratchet or t-bar won't fit because of the cross member so I can't turn it. Think a large offset ring spanner may do the trick or perhaps try to get some mole grips on the socket but before I no doubt shred my fingers does anyone have any other suggestions?

 

Thanks Archie

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Chock the front wheels, take the hand brake off, then jack up one rear wheel, put it in 4th and turn this wheel. Should get it moving.

Mick

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Archie - I'm sure you have removed the plugs - near impossible otherwise!

On my TR4, which has no mechanical fan and an electric fan in front of the radiator, I manage with a large adjustable spanner.  Very tedious, but possible.

If your electric fan is a sucker (behind radiator), then I imagine you have somewhat less space for a wrench or spanner.

Ian Cornish

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Archie - similar to Mick's suggestion, if you have a bit of space in front of the car, remove the plugs, stick it in 3rd or 4th, and rock the car backwards and forwards - no need to jack up a wheel or chock it

Cheers  Rich

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All done thanks for help. Note to self put glasses on before guessing which end of the feeler gauge is imperial! Still I needed the practice so twice through was ok :)

 

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I use a socket on the alternator (or dynamo) pulley nut. Combined with pressing the fan belt inwards to temporarily tighten it.

Bob.

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That’s one benefit of a pusher fan that I hadn’t appreciated until now because I just put a deep socket on the nut and job’s a good one. 

Rgds Ian

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When Archie said:

“…just gotta take the dog out…”

I thought :

“What good will that do? Leave the dog attached to the crankshaft, and use the starting handle.”

Then I realized it was a different sort of dog.

 

Charlie

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Funnily enough Charlie that was my first thought too!

Tim

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