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Old 01-23-2006, 07:29 AM
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ford 351m-400m aftermarket timing cover?

Do any of you folks know of a better design timing cover available for the series 335 ford 351m and the 400m? The original design seems to be sort of flimsy and will usually start leaking where the water pump attaches dues to the way Ford put threads in the cover plate. I was hoping one of the aftermarket companies might have produced a modified design with more robust threads and even making the plate of stainless steel to inhibit corrosion. The way the factory design is implemented it makes the cover a joke, and almost a sure thing to corrode and "etch" a pattern into the main plate rendering it useless. I have the original from my 400m that is about as good as most you see for sale on ebay, but it still has the metal erroded where it mates to the waterpump. I can't be the only one who has wrestled with this issue? I was hoping to discover a slick aftermarket replacement unit that didn't have the same problems as the factory originals. Thanks in advanxce for asny and all ideas/suggestions/and any other advice you could share on the issue. regards, Joe.

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look at this site, if anyone makes one, they do.
If they don't have it, I know of a machine shop that can make anything you want made, just mail them the part and they'll send you an estimate.
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Same problem with 351c's here. I've seen them welded or filled with epoxy(YUK). If I owned one(never) I'd weld it, surface grind it and use hard chrome or HPC. Good luck.
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