So JB in NC told me try a 11167 o-ring behind spacer to keep the on in. Worth a shot, right?
It fits way done in there.
I bought a new Jim's spacer to go on.
New seal, greased on the rubber side and no sealant on the metal side, installed with my high tech specialty tools.
Well this job is postponed again. The stator wires are in too rough of shape to go back up any farther.