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Old 07-13-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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I am in process of swapping an 89 EFI 5.0 into my wife's 66 Mustang. I am swapping out the oil pan for a front sump unit, and I am not sure what to do with the dipstick tube. Currently, it is located in the side of the block, but this won't work with the front sump pan. I know some of the older engines used a dipstick in the timing cover. I have the 89 timing cover and accessory brackets on my engine. Any suggestions? Can I simply drill a hole in the timing cover in the location where the older cars had it?

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Old 07-13-2013, 11:47 PM   #2
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you can drill a hole in the timing cover if it has a boss to drill into..for the hold on the side of the block get a wooden dowel rod and cut it to a length of a few inches and tap it into the hole the oil and heat will make it a tight seal
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Just get a timing cover with the dipstick hole in it if you can't drill yours out. If you are running an electric fuel pump you can put a block off plate on the timing cover for the fuel pump.
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Just get a timing cover with the dipstick hole in it if you can't drill yours out. If you are running an electric fuel pump you can put a block off plate on the timing cover for the fuel pump.
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I have a timing cover from a 67 289 with the dipstick hole, but I didn't think I would be able to bolt up all of the accessory brackets from the later engine, as well as the later water pump...will it all fit? I don't want to track down another set of brackets and pullies.

I will take a look at the timing cover on the engine and see if I can drill it out.

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It should fit fine.
I'm more concerned on how to make sure the block dipstick hole is sealed properly.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:20 AM   #6
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It should fit fine.
I'm more concerned on how to make sure the block dipstick hole is sealed properly.
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Thanks! I need to pull all the accessories off the engine, so I will be able to check the timing covers side by side to make sure everything will fit.

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yeah and id pull the timing voer when you go to drill it instead of trying to mask and catch all the alum shavings
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