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Creedmoor:
Finally found a junk yard with a couple Pintos. One of which was a 2.3 with the outer timing cover still there. Thatís what I needed. Pulled the bolts andÖ.discovered that you need to pull the crank pulley to remove said cover.  70 mile round trip. :-\  So, two questions:

Is it true you need to pull crank pulley to get the outer cover off?

How hard are these pulleys to remove?  Been sitting there for a loooong time. Spray lube, impact, pry bars, three jaw puller?  Any tips or advice appreciated!

Thanks.

davidpinto:
I 'VE NEVER HAD TO REMOVE PULLEY TO GET THE COVER OFF.YOU HAVE TO FENAGLE IT A LITTLE TO FIND THE SWEET SPOT AROUND BRACKETS .PULLEY IS NOT PRESSED ON .

rob289c:
If the junkyard allows it, bring a Mapp Gas torch.  You may need heat to get the pulley off.  Mine took a lot of persuasion to get off.  In the end, the heat did the trick.  I don't think you need to take the pulley off but it may make it easier to get the timing cover off in the long run. 

Creedmoor:

--- Quote from: rob289c on April 22, 2023, 07:13:49 PM ---If the junkyard allows it, bring a Mapp Gas torch.  You may need heat to get the pulley off.  Mine took a lot of persuasion to get off.  In the end, the heat did the trick.  I don't think you need to take the pulley off but it may make it easier to get the timing cover off in the long run.

--- End quote ---

Think a regular propane torch would work?  Donít have a Mapp one and Iím not gonna even try to haul the oxy / acetylene rig down there.

rob289c:
I'm not sure if the propane torch would be hot enough.  The pulley has been on the snout for over 40 years so it might take a bit to free it up.  If that's all I had, I would give it a try. 

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