When the engine was rebuilt the bridge style timing pointer was not bolted into position behind the harmonic balancer. I have stripped all the belts and pulleys back off so its only the main pinion nut on the harmonic balancer to be removed to allow the HB to be pulled and the bridge pointer assembly to be bolted on. The shaft is keyed so the positive location should not be an issue .
As I was about to do it I did recall there is an oil slinger in line behind the HB sitting on the HB sleeve shaft inside the case . I cannot be sure that pulling the HB will not allow the Oil slinger to drop off the sleeve shaft down onto the central shaft , preventing the reinstallation of the HB. Further I am not sure the oil level is actually below the lower invert of the HB sleeve shaft. Finally I am not sure the key cannot drop into somewhere nasty.
Am I about to cause myself a mile of pain? Has anyone been silly enough to do this ?
The only other alternative is to remove the water pump - also a bit of a pain but potentially the safer option ? Almost starting to look attractive !?