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I have a 1959 TR3 that has developed a noise in the engine. The noise is not in sync with the RPM of the engine. It sounds like a nut bouning around inside the engine. Anyone have thoughts or experience? I thought it was the fuel pump, but after replacing it, that was not the fix.
Tom Allen

I HAD A NOISE THAT DROVE ME CRAZY. It sounded like 6 or 8 tea spoons in a cup and they were being rattled with a circular motion of the cup. It had no relation to the engine RPM. I later found out it was the starter that had a problem with the end bushings. These permitted the armature to move rearward till the starter pinion was "clinging" against the teeth of the flywheel when the engine was in motion. I removed the starter and replaced the oiled bushes with others I had made with a "top-hat" design so they would stay where they wwere intended. I've had no problem since then - about 10,000 miles ago.

Don Elliott, Original Owner, 1958 TR3A, Montreal, Canada
Don Elliott

Take off the fan belt and start the engine. Let engine idle just long enough to hear of noise remains.
If noise remains, you have eliminated water pump and generator as the source.

Lou Metelko
Auburn, Indiana
Louis Metelko

This thread was discussed between 20/09/2005 and 24/09/2005

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