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Old 03-11-2011, 02:29 PM
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difference in timing covers?

I have a 96 F250 PSD that had a cracked timing cover, i bought one from someone that was off of an E series 7.3L. My truck ran fine even with the cracked timing cover before we changed it, after putting this new timing cover on we noticed the pickup tube was on the other side of the cover so we went back and got the pickup tube off of the same motor that the timing cover came off of. Ever since we put the motor back in the truck and ran it for about 100 miles or so it lost prime and i had to prime it everytime i started it, then it got so bad that i lost horsepower and it didnt even want to run. there were air bubbles in my oil so we thought maybe we didnt seal it good enough and put brand new gaskets on everything (timing cover, pickup tube etc). we tried to fire the motor on the ground and took the pump off of the front of the timing cover and there was NO oil in it. i was told that E series covers differ from F series covers, i went and got a cover off of a 99 Fseries and the pickup is on the same side as the E series, the location of the pickup tube is the only difference i can see, Is there a difference? And if so, what is it?
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Im not 100% following what you are saying here. you mean the front cover of the motor? what the hpop bolts to and has the gears in it?
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the timing cover, yes the hpop sits on top of it and the water pump bolts to the front of it. on my 96 truck the oil pickup tube bolted to the pass side of the motor and the timing cover i got off of a 97 Eseries van the pickup was on the drivers side of the cover. i ended up taking a cover off of a 99 Fseries motor and it was on the drivers side as well, my question is: what was the difference in the timing covers and does anyone know what trucks had what cover? was it a year difference or Fseries was different than an Eseries etc... (i did find the problem with my truck tho, the pickup tube was cracked, it wasnt the timing cover) and i know they dont differ from Fseries to Eseries because the one came from a truck and the other from a van and they were the same....
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In 1997 the timing cover, oil pickup and pan were all revised. Make sure all parts are for the same year and you should be good. Parts should be the same for both the F and E series.
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In 1997 the timing cover, oil pickup and pan were all revised. Make sure all parts are for the same year and you should be good. Parts should be the same for both the F and E series.
That's good info to keep in the back of my head. I would have had the parts guy look and check for me first. I do that for most of my used parts swapping.
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thanks alot now my other question is, my 96 we put a 97 cover with a 99 pickup tube on it since they are they same style and obvioulsy bolt up, will that work? and your saying that the gear for the pump on the inlet port HAS to be off of a newer truck since im using a newer style timing cover?
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i think we put the gears out of my 96 back on but the truck runs and drives... will it eventually loose prime and not run?
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thanks alot now my other question is, my 96 we put a 97 cover with a 99 pickup tube on it since they are they same style and obvioulsy bolt up, will that work? and your saying that the gear for the pump on the inlet port HAS to be off of a newer truck since im using a newer style timing cover?
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i think we put the gears out of my 96 back on but the truck runs and drives... will it eventually loose prime and not run?
You should be fine with the 97 cover/99 pickup tube. The pump was unchanged, so any year of pump will work. As you mentioned the reason the oil supply was lost was due to the cracked oil pickup tube.
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ok thanks a bunch! yeah i just was curious about when and why they changed the timing cover so i knew for further reference!
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