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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-04-2004, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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I am putting the finishing touches on my 351W before installing it in the car. I had to buy a new timing cover because the one on my 302 was pitted real bad, and some of the holes were stripped out. Well I was at the auto parts store yesterday, and saw Mr Gasket chromed dipstick and tube, and thought what the heck that will look pretty good, and save me the hassle of trying to pull the old one off the 302.
Well I tried tapping it in the hole with a hammer lightly on the end of the tube, but it would only go in the hole about 1/8" before stopping. hammer a little harder still won't move. So I put some channel locks right above the crimp in the tube and try to tap it in by hammering on the channel locks...won't budge.
I pull it out, try turning it, rehammering at least a dozen times, the only thing I did manage was to smash my finger against the alternator bracket and start bleeding like a stuck pig.
So at this point the tube is trashed, the end is flared out badly from hammering, and the crimp is destroyed from the channel locks.
is it possible the hole in the repo timing cover is wrong? or maybe the tube it too big?

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I've had the same problem. Seems the manufacturers make different diameter holes and tubes.

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File the chrome off the end, try again.
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Had the same problem, and couldnt get it to seal.
Then someone mentioned there was suppose to be a rubber 0- ring. Which mine didnt come with,works great now.

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We had the same problem on a repro 289 cover, and it appeared that there was a 'seam' on the inner diameter of the hole. What we did was to take a bench grinder to the dipstick tube and take a small amount of the OD of the tube down to a point where it would fit in snugly. Use a bit of black permatex sealant on the end of the tube, and you'll be all set. Good luck and have fun! ::
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thanks guys,
the simple answer is almost always the correct one, I should have thought of that myself!

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-05-2004, 11:51 AM
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Also put a bolt inside the tube on the end that you will be tapping. This will help reduce the possibilty of flaring the end.

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