I popped in to the Big H on Easter Sunday (only place open
) and got myself a selection of 1/2" Torx for £22. The pulley bolts are T50.. though a T45 also fit okay. They came out reeeeally
easily once I'd stuck a 19mm ring spanner on the cranshaft bolt and rested it on the driveshaft to stop it turning. It made the exertions (i.e. skinned knuckles) of the day before seem ridiculous.
Fortunately the pulley just lifted off...
so no dramas there.
I think I found TDC okay with the "floating screwdriver" method..
and the beast is now assembled and running surprisingly alright..
My old beast has some service history which showed the cam-belt was changed at sixty-ish thousand miles... but looking at the old belt and tensioner, I'm not convinced it's that old. Apart from some marks on the back, the belt (Gates) looks brand new and the tensioner (Canadian brand.. though I can't read the name) is really "tight".. hardly worn at all.. I think it must have had a new belt and tensioner more recently.
Also, the (unbranded) pulley on the car was metal.. but the AR genooiune parts cam-belt kit had a plastic one. I put the plastic one on, since I don't know how old the metal one is... but what's all that aboot? I'd have thought a metal one was going to be a better bet?