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Old 11-05-2008, 08:17 PM
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timing cover install question

Hey guys just wondering if it is possible on a SBC to replace the front timing cover WITHOUT dropping the oil pan. The reason I ask is because I know there is that rubber gasket that goes between the oil pan and timing cover. Thanks for any advice here.

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Don't think so,,,but you only need to drop the pan far enough to clear the rubber gasket,,,,1/2" should do.....I know "only" doesn't always mean its going to be easy.
Not going to say your old pan gasket will come apart in one piece or reseal.
Sorry,,,thats probably not much help nor what you wanted to hear.
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Do yourself a favor and install a 2-piece cover when you bolt it back together. Then, the next cam change will be a snap.
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Very good idea,,,unless you have a short water pump....hey I'll sell you the one I bought and couldn't use
I ordered the Edelbrock aluminum,,,the one techinspector1 is refering you to may work????
Definetly not trying disagree w/ techinspector1....he knows his stuff and helped me out before
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yes you can reinstall the cover without touching the oil pan.

To remove, unbolt it and pull it off normally, dont bother undoing any oil pan bolts, this will take a bit of extra force.
now take the timing cover over to you workbench, notice the groove in the bottom where the seal sits? clip the ends off on an angle about 1/4" on each side, this will help you clear the block when re-installing.
Put the seal into the groove and apply a dab of silicone to the ends, now you can rest the bottom of the cover onto the pan and press down as you push towards the block, then install you bolts.
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i did my cover without removing the pan.instead of using the rubber seal i used a sealer called the right stuff.been a year and hasnt leaked yet.
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yes you can reinstall the cover without touching the oil pan.
To remove, unbolt it and pull it off normally, dont bother undoing any oil pan bolts, this will take a bit of extra force.
now take the timing cover over to you workbench, notice the groove in the bottom where the seal sits? clip the ends off on an angle about 1/4" on each side, this will help you clear the block when re-installing.
Put the seal into the groove and apply a dab of silicone to the ends, now you can rest the bottom of the cover onto the pan and press down as you push towards the block, then install you bolts.
Good advice. I agree completely that this can be done w/o removing the oil pan.
Terry
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