TheBestParts

Finally, a home for all you 524td oil burners out there.
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OilBurner524TD
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Location: Nevada City, California

TheBestParts

Post by OilBurner524TD »

Has anyone used AFAB "TheBestParts" out of Montana before? They have a complete timing kit for rent and a complete timing belt component kit as well. I've called twice now to no avail.
On a side note, if these folks don't answer, does anyone have a timing service kit I could buy?
LuckyHenriksen
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Location: Tangent, OR

Re: TheBestParts

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Timing belts should be available still, I bought one from Blunttech along with a water pump, glow plugs, and a bunch of other M21 junk from them.
OilBurner524TD
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Re: TheBestParts

Post by OilBurner524TD »

I can get a timing belt and all the associated bits from my local import auto supplier thankfully. I looked into Blunttech and they don't seem to carry much for the TD model anymore, at least according to their websites inventory list. I'm more worried about getting the correct/complete timing belt service kit. Mainly the dial indicator adapter for the IP timing. I'd love to purchase an entire kit as I don't forsee getting rid of my TDs anytime soon. TheBestParts has a service kit, but no one to answer their phones. Frustrating.
gadget73
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Re: TheBestParts

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The IP uses the same stuff as early Cummins 2v engines and VW engines, so that ought to be very available. I made my own but its similar to available designs. Just for space reasons I'd go with the "tube" style that puts the dial indicator straight in line with the injection pump. I have seen types that have a sort of see-saw that puts the dial indicator off to the side of the pump but I don't know that you have enough space to spin that kind in.



Unrelated warning, pick up some spare copper washers for the head plug. If (when) you drop one it vanishes someplace you will never find it again unless you have spares. Its 8mm ID, 10mm OD, not sure on the thickness but whatever is standard for those dimensions. I found my local hardware store has a drawer of them for about 30 cents each. I think they list as 5/16" ID, which is close enough.
SteveKerwin
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"Unrelated warning, pick up some spare copper washers for the head plug. If (when) you drop one it vanishes someplace you will never find it again unless you have spares."
Yup, our next-door neighbor learned this the hard way. Good thing he was able to find replacements.
gadget73
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Re: TheBestParts

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I looked at every part store in the area and online, found absolutely nothing. Nobody had anything that small. Even tried a local HVAC place, figuring maybe oil furnace burners may have one, but no luck there either. I popped in the hardware store looking for something totally unrelated and found they had a whole bin of exactly what I needed for pocket change. All the auto parts stores had were the larger size copper washers typically used on brake calipers. My next step was actually going to be finding some copper sheet and making my own washer.
SteveKerwin
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"I popped in the hardware store looking for something totally unrelated and found they had a whole bin of exactly what I needed for pocket change."
Oof! This is one of those instances where you can definitely say "it was right under our nose all along."
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