Does anyone have an annoying oil leak at the bendix cover gasket? i pulled it off cleaned it ,put sealant on it and it slowed it up but still leaks. i was thinking of making a cork gasket? any suggestions, thanks. Ken
The gasket surface of my Bendix cover seemed a little uneven, so here is what I did:
I cleaned the gasket surface of the Bendix cover well, then glued the gasket to the cover with plenty of Permatex Ultra Black.
Then, I set the Bendix cover and gasket on a piece of wax paper on my countertop (assumed to be flat), stacked a book on top of the Bendix cover for weight, and let the assembly dry overnight. This ensured that the gasket surface was flat and that any irregularities between the Bendix cover and the gasket were filled.
The next day, I made sure that the mating surface of the Hogshead was scraped clean of all old gasket material, then wiped it well with lacquer thinner.
I than put more Ultra Black on the surface of the gasket and attached the cover to the Hogshead with the four screws.
I let the assembly cure at least overnight before I used the car again - no leaks!
Is your bendix cover flat and true? I use permatex to bond the gasket to the bendix cover and apply grease to the side that mates with the hogs head. Don't have a problem.
Thanks Mark for your very good idea on making a flat mating surface . i'll be doing that tomorrow. Ken
The can could also be cracked.
Harry, thanks for your suggestion . i tried to get it flat but i guess i missed it a little. thanks Ken
Ted, very good thought i sure don't want to make a cracked can flat for mounting . Ken
Another point to ponder - there is/was an issue with the reproduction Bendix spring retaining bolts having too tall of a head which could/would interfere with the starter drive can - check the inside for any "tattle-tail" sign of hitting !
Make sure the low speed pedal is not hitting on the cover when you push down real hard on the pedal.
Try a cork type gasket. The one you are using may be too thin or hard to seal.
(Message edited by redmodelt on October 25, 2016)
I use Harry's grease suggestion on the transmission inspection cover and the screen too. It keeps the oil in (mostly ), and I don't have to keep replacing gaskets. The RTV and gaskets are applied to both sides of the screen, and the grease to the hogshead and the cover.
Mine leaked until I got rid of the modern screws with the small heads and found a set of original screws, then the leak magically stopped