In the process of figuring out a no-start problem over the weekend, most likely a starter issue, I noticed that the ring gear/fly wheel cover seems to be missing. I assume there is suppose to be one? I can see the gear and what looks like holes for bolts, but no cover. Is this a critical issue.
If I am indeed calling it the right thing, it looks like one will run about $30.
He's missing the entire engine plate, not just the little cover.
My old 289 C4 '68 was missing just the plate. Some how a a fair-sized rock bounced off the road and up in there. Beat up the inside of my bellhousing pretty good and knocked the aluminum end of my starter clean off. I've never ever run without an intact cover since.
What engine and transmission do you have?
I haven't crawled under there to really check it out yet but it looks like just the bottom is missing. Isn't that just a semi-circle bolt on inspection plate?
It looks easily accessible without dropping the tranny.
I would not drive much without it. It is made to keep debris out of moving parts. Yes, apparently there are lots of cars missing these plates for some reason. My car was no exception but it was only missing the bottom plate.
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