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Old 07-31-2003, 08:00 PM
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timing cover seal

when ford designed the timing cover seal why did'nt they make it to go in from the outside??

i had to replace mine on my fresh rebuild (somehow it got ripped) and in order to change the seal it requires pulling the whole T/C off!
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Old 08-01-2003, 12:50 AM
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You can save yourself some time now if you still have the cover off. Just cut the lip off that the "old" seal presses up against and use a newer timing cover seal. The new covers allow for installation of the seal after the harmonic balancer is removed. Just FYI.
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My 1987 460 seal went in from the front. The newer covers are available on Ebay brand new for 75-80 bucks.
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thanks airharley, got it all back together tho already but will do that next time
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I changed my timing chain and gears today, boy was there some slack! I would change them while you are that far. Carefully pry the thin metal away from the timing cover all the way around the seal and it should pop out.
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Old 08-03-2003, 10:18 AM
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I have a 79 mode timing cover that has rusted out. Can I get one off of newer truck like a 89?
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c rossman, i would change the gears but it was a fresh rebuild, somehow the seal got tore putting it in the sleeve? don't know how that happened but it is all done now

78 460 i think the timing cover's are all interchangeable
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Old 08-03-2003, 05:13 PM
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They aren't quite interchangeable. The newer covers can't take a dipstick. If you were to try drilling a hole for the dipstick, you'd hit a water passage. Ford does/did have a service part for the older trucks that takes the front installed seal.
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