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 Post subject: 302 Windosr - Engine cover (Bolt sizes)
Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:00 pm 
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Hey guys,

Driving a 1998 ELII XR8 and tweaked the cover the car came with.

Acquired a new one, however, It is sons the HEX bolts / TORX screws (don't ask where the old ones got to).

Anyway, wondering if any enthusiasts out there have the sizes/measurements of the bolts required to fit the cover, or even better. Ideas on where to obtain them.

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 Post subject: Re: 302 Windosr - Engine cover (Bolt sizes)
Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:10 pm 
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id like to know as well.... torx screws were a s**t idea in my opinion, 2 of the heads on mine were rusted and as soon as i moved the torx bit on them, stripped the heads..... and i really needed to get to the top Rad hose, so i thought i could bend the cover back, not knowing at the time it was made of die-cast metal :lol: so i now have a small triangle of engine cover bolted to my manifold :lol: :evil:

 

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 Post subject: Re: 302 Windosr - Engine cover (Bolt sizes)
Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:44 am 
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Little Torx screws are #8 size, 32 thread, 5/8" long.
Hex Bolts are 1/4 UNS thread. Ive only got two, one is 1 3/4" long, the other is 1 3/16"

 

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 Post subject: Re: 302 Windosr - Engine cover (Bolt sizes)
Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:47 am 
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Why wouldnt you just drill out the heads of the torx screws? Rather than trying to bend and destroying the cover?

 

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 Post subject: Re: 302 Windosr - Engine cover (Bolt sizes)
Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:42 pm 
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If your talking about the top engine cover. A tip for others that may come in handy is to get the torx bit and attach it to a socket and an extesion then tap it gently with a hammer so the torx bit bites the head even though it may be stripped. It eventually bites enough so you can undo it. Its worked for me multiple times after stripping those suckers. What was Ford thinking??

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Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:29 pm 
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or you could drill them not quite enough as you're worried about damaging your nicely painted/ detailed cover - and still break it :oops: :evil:

 

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 Post subject: Re: 302 Windosr - Engine cover (Bolt sizes)
Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:48 pm 
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Sturmovik wrote:
Little Torx screws are #8 size, 32 thread, 5/8" long.
Hex Bolts are 1/4 UNS thread. Ive only got two, one is 1 3/4" long, the other is 1 3/16"



Legend mate, cheers for all the help.
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Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:28 am 
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When you get the piece of s**t off, throw the f**k away then you don't need any bolts! bewdiful!
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Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:09 pm 
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the engine covers are only there because they made the poor little Windsor so freakin' ugly without it - they look crap otherwise

 

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Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:10 pm 
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and if you do put the BBQ plate back on replace the torx bolts with hex bolts.

 

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Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:00 pm 
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The engine covers are only there because they let a woman near it. They stuck a dress on it!
Ford U.S. had the right idea no poxy cover and just neat tidy hoses and wiring. Besides you get a longer lasting harness and less heat soak to boot!
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Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:20 pm 
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too many freakin hoses wires, all that efi plumbing/wires a dizzy cap the size of a hubcap cover it up please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

 

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Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:49 pm 
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Yeah go on girls put your dress on :lol:
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Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:52 am 
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On the topic of engine covers.... how do the AU ones mount? I just painted up an AU XR8 one the same colour as my car, but still have the E series mounts. E series engine covers = ugly! Plus the AU one is all plastic so maybe less heat retention? I'm not too sure if i want to cover it up now though seeing as it has some MSD stuff that looks better than the s**t Grey factory parts. Although as Fairlane6970 said, it does have a s**t load of ugly wires and hoses everywhere!

 

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