Oil leak at front of engine
Has anyone had an issue like this with a nord engine?
I installed a remote oil cooler and oil filter on my '76 Spider, and saw what appeared to be an oil leak at the bottom of the adapter that screws on at the original filter location. Removed adapter, cleaned, new O-ring, but the drips continued. After placing the car on jack stands, running the engine, laying underneath, and looking for the assignable cause, it appeared the oil was coming from above the adapter at the mechanical tachometer drive. Removed the tach.drive, replaced the gasket, but still drips. Replaced the tach. drive seal, still drips, so ran the engine and with some under the car contortion and a mirror, finally saw oil seeping from a water pump stud & nut next to the tach. drive. The oil comes from a small hole in the front engine cover, then into the water pump to the tach. drive gear. I removed the water pump, inspected everything, and replaced with a new gasket and Permatex Ultra-Grey sealant. Upon reflection, it almost seems like there should be an O-ring at the engine cover - water pump joint.
My morning task is to replace the radiator and assorted parts and run the engine - hoping the oil leak has been cured, and my 78 year old back can have a rest....
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1976 Spider (Dedicated Autocrosser, "SPICA, No Carbs")
1991 Spider Veloce (Retirement cruiser)
Scuderia Non Originale
Last edited by conedriver; 04-21-2017 at 06:38 AM.