What are you guys using to tighten the flywheel bolts? I can't get a socket or a wrench to fit properly. The rear main cap is in the way...
I have a 3/8" drive Craftsman socket that I customized for this job. I copied it off the one they use at the local museum.
I faced off the hex end in a lathe. I removed all of the lead-in chamfer so it's shorter but still covers the bolt head. The back side where the square drive goes is radiused to clear the cap. It works great.
If my digital camera wasn't in the shop for repair I'd post a picture. I have an original 5-Z-210, but it's too worn to grab the bolts well. So I made my own by bending an 11/16" combination wrench with the same 2½" offset, then jammed the box end into a two-foot piece of 1" square tubing for a handle. It works great.
Somebody repairs digital cameras??!!!
Camera Works, Wichita. The guy is semi-retired and takes his time, so I'm getting a spare.
I believe Trent Boggess just listed one of the 3-Z-1179 wrenches on the classifieds. It's exactly the same as the 5-Z-210.
Another option is called a "crowfoot" socket. Essentially it is a heavy open end wrench that fits to a 3/8" drive. I have a set from 3/8-1" and every so often one comes in really handy!!
Use a 1/2 breaker bar and socket. It works for me.
I was able to use a crows foot and breaker bar. It's interesting though because I was able to use a socket on my 25 coupe and it appears others have done his also. Maybe there were different types of rear main caps produced?
Breaker bar and socket. Turning the crank to the correct position helps.