The secret revealed
Given the reliance on special tools for every other operation on this engine it is surprising how agricultural is the method for extracting this precision gear set. The picture on the left shows the cross-shaft half way through being withdrawn.
This picture shows the shaft half way out; the centre gear being above and to the right of the camshaft.
The cross-shaft components. The 'A' side spacing tube is still in the block. The 'B' side spacing tube is a one-piece assembly with the two machined end disks. The Woodruff key has been removed from the shaft for safe keeping.
|Centre cam driven gear and 'B' side distributor drive gear separated by the spacer tube - all covered in years' worth of stubborn oil slime.|
|The centre gear lock nut, which is situated on the 'B' side of the gear, is held in place by a tab washer.|