I finally got 'round to ordering gaskets/seals for the A-65 inner timing cover to get after the leak to end all leaks and thought "I'd inquire about any tips in this area .I tracked the leak to my own stoopidity , the two lower screws were just a wee bit too long and seated fully before they did their job .I "thought" they were the same screws I had in there before but ??Anyway , I am back at it and was wondering if there were any tips I should look at while in there . I am well versed in the shift quadrant and kick spring,just looking for sealing tips .
Hey Bonz, For me I make sure all the old gaskets and sealer is removed for both cover and cases If you can, check the cover for flatness and you can lap it flat if its warped however most I have found have been ok. Also I think the locating dowels are pressed into the cover, not the cases ( not sure of this ) I use a permatex non harding sealer on the case side and I attache the gasket. I use a smear of bearing grease on the cover side of the gasket, so if I got something the cover can be removed without the gasket. Tighten from the center out, do it twice. I like non harding sealer because sometimes you need to tighten up the screws a bit later if you get a small weep and the sealer sorta oozes into the zone. I also like a tiny bit of thread sealer on the tips of the screws. Be care full with the seals not to tear the lip especially on the pinion ( they make a tool to insert in the pinion that is tapered this protects the seal.
Thanks for the responses guys ,I did use the gasket since I had already ordered a few .I'll keep the O ring tip in mind if I ever get this thing so oil tight that I notice some weeping in that area . It is all buttoned up and ready to go back in the frame when I get a break in the weather ,hoping the job's a goodun'.