So I did some more stuff.
After scraping some of the black stuff in the gearbox, I decided that it wasn't that bad. The black stuff just felt like old oil - just a bit more sticky than oil usually is? It's not hard or really thick though. I'm pretty sure if was circulated around the engine it would cause no harm. Only a light coating too.
Instead I stuck it on its end in a oil drain tray and I went to town squirting in fresh oil. Then left it to drain overnight.
Took off the centre bearing cap. This is what it looks like with the flash on and off.
I know you guys are probably going to tell me that I should be replacing those mains?
Was hoping to get it all buttoned up this and next week. I would like to start welding again but I don't want to risk grinding dust getting into the engines if it's still in pieces in the garage.
I'm going to guess that you're going to say this chain is stretched now and needs replacing too.
Had a fiddle with the fuel pump. Was holding a vacuum pretty well. But you could hear a slight escape of air though. Hence pulled it apart.
Diaphragm looks to be in good nick.
I gave the insides a clean up. Full of crud.
Put it back together and the top rubber seal snapped.
Naturally the pump works worse than it did before taking it apart...
(That rubber seal probably was end of life anyway)
Oldies: 1972 Austin 1100 2dr - Project Rust bucket, 1974 MGB GT - A stereotypical classic car.
Moderns: 2008 Audi TT - Utterly boring but very compentent, 2010 Aldi A4 - Owned to placate the wife on my crap buying.