Barnesville Ohio Car Show, 9-26-21: Ecstasy and Agony

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    Michael Ketcham



    My wife shows off our first trophy ever from the Barnesville Car Show.  Over 400 cars were represented.

    The bad news followed this last weekend. My crankshaft pulley bolt broke on the way to the Cambridge Car show and we were forced to be towed home 3 miles from the show site. The pulley was a little banged up but looks like it might still work. Now to extract the broken bolt and put everything back together. (BCW with 1979 Chevette 1.6 engine and auto transmission)



    Sorry to hear of your breakdown. I hope it goes easier than it sounds. ☹️

    Congratulations on your trophy, though! 👍

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    Michael Ketcham


    Update on broken pulley bolt.  Was able to extract the threaded portion of the bolt from the crankshaft. There’s a crankshaft spacer behind the timing gear on the crankshaft, and it had slid forward out of the engine block about 3/4 of its way out to prevent the timing sprocket from keying onto the crankshaft.  See the enclosed pics.


    I was able to press the spacer (that outside ring on the crankshaft) back in place by hand pressure after cleaning and oiling it freely. Installed a new front crankshaft oil seal just to be safe. I was lucky the timing gear (and spacer) weren’t lost on the highway.

    The pulley had some nicks and bends and I tried to straighten it on my drill press and file the rough spots down so it doesn’t eat the belt.  Its not perfect but it might do for a while.  Some wobble remains so still looking for a replacement pulley.

    edward ericson


    Weird that it broke. Why would a pulley bolt break while just driving?

    Michael Ketcham


    Beats me. Im guessing the bolt worked loose causing stress on the non threaded portion.  I don’t know if the bolt was torqued properly by the previous TD owner, or Chevette owner for that matter.



    Sorry that you had engine problems. Congratulations on your trophy. What was the award for?

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