Hello Fellow -30 Owners:
New to this forum and a returnee to early Fergusons. Got a problem and need your assistance:
I"m generally capable, but have not completely disassembled anything bigger than a lawnmower engine. My approach is generally to research--like asking questions here--before yanking parts. I like to know what to expect. With that said, I"m puzzled by what follows.
Using -30 and died, acted like it was running out of gas but wasn"t.
Found distributor rotor NOT turning.
Looked further and found bare distributor driveshaft, oily, under distributor sticking out of side of engine. There is about 2-in of the distributor driveshaft visible.
Questions: what happened?
Is this an indication of internal engine failure?
Is this a two-piece distributor and the distributor lower bowl or body come off its driveshaft?
Has the driveshaft somehow risen away from the engine internals? For that matter, what internally drives the distributor in this case?
I"ve got the distributor [re]installation instructions and timing specs, but...
...what might be next, and...
...all ideas, experiences, help, hints, and instructions appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your interest and assistance. In exchange, I"ll post back as this experience unfolds.