In reply to a message from Bryan N sent Sun 16 Sep 2007:
Well, I know when I’m beat!
Procured a couple of 13mm, 6 point, �’’ drive impact sockets
(one standard, one deep socket) and started the whole
operation again. I hacked away great chunks of that blasted
foam which was restricting access to the top bolt and,
making sure that the socket sat squarely on the bolt head,
tried again to ‘crack’ it.
Working in the restricted space between the garage floor and
the bottom of the lowered tranny, it is not possible to
properly control the extended socket wrench and get enough
force on the breaker bar to be effective. After the socket
twisted off the bolt head a few times I realised that all I
was likely to achieve was a rounded hexagon on the bolt -
and the consequences of that do not bear thinking about!
So I quit for the second time and phoned my local Jag
independent. He confirmed that the older they are, the
tougher they are to crack (added corrosion I guess) and he
has broken �’’ drive wobblers in the course of getting that
bolt out - but has always achieved it … ultimately, and
with the benefit of a lift. So he agreed to have a go at my
car if I could get it to him, some 25 miles away.
Therein lies a problem, because with the starter stuck in
mesh, he confirmed that if I tried to drive it I would
probably burn out the starter and possibly the car!
I then remembered a recent ‘bonus’ added to my classic car
insurance. In addition to the European-wide breakdown and
accident recovery which it automatically includes, they have
now included ‘home start’ and recovery to a repair garage
at no cost to me if it cannot be fixed in my driveway.
Guess where my car is going tomorrow on a flatbed?
So, looking on the bright side (!), although I was cursing
myself for not attacking the starter removal sooner when I
first heard the occasional short ‘graunching’ noise on
start-up, I figure I would still have had exactly the same
problem earlier as later - being forced to hand the car
over to a professional to do the job.
Whereas earlier I had not been covered by my insurance for
‘home start’ free recovery to a repair shop, this year I
am, so that is not going to be an additional cost to add to
what I guess will be a sizeable bill for my Jag Indy to do
the starter replacement.
Small mercies and all of that good stuff! :-)–
The original message included these comments:
Still, tomorrow is another day and there is (or was) a good
tool stockist in another town I’ve used before (not open on
Sunday unfortunately) so perhaps I will get lucky then and
can have another bash later.
Bryan N, '91 Sovereign 4.0 L, RHD
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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