[DML] A new trick for old dogs
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[DML] A new trick for old dogs

WARNING: I have not tried this method and will not be responsible 
for any damage to any vehicle, it's components, tools or personnel. 

I plan on converting a gasoline powered vehicle to electric power in 
the near future (NOT a DeLorean) and read a weblog of a fellow who 
converted an old Ford Probe when I stumbled on this trick:

I recently recall a debate about methods to get the crank pulley nut 
off of our engines. This fellow used an interesting procedure. 
Essentially he removed a sparkplug, and positioned the piston about 
halfway on the stroke. He then feeds a length of rope into the 
cylinder, coiling it as best as he can as he feeds it. Then when 
applying loosening pressure to the crank pulley nut, the piston 
comes to a stop against the rope, essentially locking the engine, 
supposedly without doing any damage.

I always advocate using the proper tool for the job (in this 
instance, a pneumatic impact gun) but for those who insist on 
struggling along without the correct tools or the necessary 
finances, this might prevent injury or engine damage (such as 
snapping flywheel teeth or lifting cylinder sleeves from their 
seats). Then again, it may cause engine damage (damaged cylinder 
head, broken piston connecting rod or crank).

I know some of you will scream that this is a bad idea, but you also 
know full well that there are young, uninitiated, less financially 
well off owners out there trying to resurrect old D's that you just 
can't stop from buying and taking their cars apart so we may as well 
minimize the damage by helping them out however we can.

Use this procedure only at your discretion.

Rich A.

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