I have searched the forum and found handfuls of information, however I am still at a loss and nowhere did I find some pictures to help me understand what I can do to seal my shut-off valve.
I have attached a couple photos of my problem valve. I soaked it in cleaner and removed all the rust etc and cleaned up the threads.
Problem I first see is that there is a large clearance between the valve shaft and the bushing inside the valve body itself.
Next problem is that I can't get a clean turn back and forth to do any lapping of my valve face and seat because when i turn in the spindle it of course seats hard against the valve. (I am use to lapping valves that spin freely).
I would welcome any suggestions on what might work to get a decent seal. I have read about RTV solutions and cutting o-ring grooves (I like this one). The slop in the spindle has me really worried as obviously I don't really have a reserve. I am certainly open to obtaining a new setup as this one appears to be an aftermarket configuration? or not?