Sunday, June 7, 2020

Installing the Rear Plate

While I waited for parts, I tackled the next step in preparing for the conversion: installing the rear engine plate.

This wasn't hard.  The custom machined plate that comes with the Rivergate kit both fits well and looks good, with all required hardware provided.  It also comes with a custom rear main seal mount.

The first step is to install the oil pump cover.  This has to be sealed with silicone, and must be flush to ensure the plate fits properly.  The instructions suggest using a heavy weight, but in my case it was easier to just clamp the cover in place after ensuring it was flush by using a straightedge.

Once that's done, the rear of the block was cleaned and silicone sealant (handily provided in the kit) applied in a thin layer in place of the gasket and where the oil pump cover seals to the block.  Apparently, the gaskets add too much variation in thickness and ironically can cause leaks in this setup.  Once applied, the plate is installed and tightened with the supplied bolts.

Finally, the rear seal was installed by filling any gaps between the plate and the block with silicone, running a thin bead of silicone around and between the bolt holes, and installing the mount.  The seal has lithium grease applied to provide for lubrication.

And that's it.

With the rear plate installed, I moved the assembly to the engine stand in preparation for final assembly.  I'm waiting on rings, and afterward I found I am on an enforced vacation from car things due to some elbow problems.

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