Thanks Roland for the start up tips and thanks to all of the other
people who responded with leads for a cover. Unfortunately, none of the
leads turned up the needed part (2 3/8" thick) so I took the cover to a
welder friend (I'm OK on ferrous materials, but have not tried Aluminum)
who welded it up for me. I'll leak check it tomm and hopefully be
breaking the engine in on Fri. Thanks again to all that responded and I
now know more about timing covers than I ever thought I wanted to know.
PS I'd still like a backup cover if anyone finds one they do not need.
Diane and Roland Dudley wrote:
> Jay (and Ron),
> Ron is correct. The number I posted was for the water pump. In fact
> the reason I copied my reply to the list was in case I didn't quite get
> it "right". Looks like I missed by a bit.
> >From Ron's description it sounds like my cover is a C4OE-6059-A too.
> I did take another look at it, but couldn't find where the number is
> stamped, but I have to admit to not wanting to get grubby trying to
> it. BTW, worst case you might be able to repair the cover yourself with
> a propane torch and aluminum brazing rod.
> When you finally do get to the real engine start up, if it's a fresh
> make sure to do a cam break-in run. This consists of running the engine
> 1500-2000 RPM for 20-30 minutes. To avoid overheating, you can run a
> continuous flow of fresh water through the cooling system by sticking a
> hose in the radiator filler opening and opening the drain valve. Adjust
> the flows so they are equal.
> Keep us posed. I suspect experience will be useful to others.