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302 Windsor Timing Cover
#1
runninpony 
Hello,
Has anyone ever encountered stripped holes in the aluminum timing cover on a 302 Windsor ? It's the 2 top bolt holes (that don't go in the block). How does one repair that? Helicoil or trying to re-tap? I really don't want to get an aftermarket timing cover. Thanks in advance guys !
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#2
Helicoil would be my preference.


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#3
There should literally be millions of them in junk yard. I actually took one to salvage yard with bunch of aluminum and sold for scrap last year. Check around or like stated a heli coil works fine if you have the tools.

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#4
runninpony 
I had the impression Helicoil is more for steel parts, not for aluminum. Thanks for the advice everyone!
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#5
Your best bet is to either replace it, or re-drill and tap to a larger size. You can use a helicoil in aluminum though.
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#6
runninpony 
(07-16-2017, 02:18 PM)jowens1126 Wrote: Your best bet is to either replace it, or re-drill and tap to a larger size.  You can use a helicoil in aluminum though.

Ok, Helicoil it is. Thank y'all!
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#7
This is for just the top 2 thru bolts correct? If you cant get the helicol to bite, you can always just drill them out and use a lock nut on the back.
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#8
runninpony 
(07-16-2017, 08:04 PM)jowens1126 Wrote: This is for just the top 2 thru bolts correct?  If you cant get the helicol to bite, you can always just drill them out and use a lock nut on the back.

Yes, top 2 bolts going through. I'll keep that in mind, thanks!
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#9
yep been there... both times i just went next size up bolt. drilled and taped with no problems. the nut/bolt will stand out but is easy to do using the same size bolt but longer.
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