Timing Cover & Water Pump Installation Stage 1 | Small Block Ford 302

In these steps we will set the timing cover and water pump into place. Keep in mind that this is not a final installation because a lot of the bolts used in this process will be determined by the accessory bracketry used later on in the build. Primarily, you want to install these components to set the oil pan and gasket for final installation. For this build, I used a Dorman aluminum timing cover and Ford Racing water pump. I was a little disappointed to find that the water pump is made in china. I will trust that Ford Racing built a quality product. The timing cover comes with the gasket and the front seal (everything you need). The water pump also comes with the gasket. You will need a set of ARP bolts to complete this stage of the installation.

PART NUMBERS:

TIMING COVER (DORMAN) includes gasket & seal: 635-102 ~ $86.97 SUMMIT RACING Purchase Here
BOLT KIT: TIMING COVER & WATER PUMP (ARP): 154-1504 ~ $25.42 SUMMIT RACING Purchase Here
WATER PUMP (FORD RACING) INCLUDES GASKET: M-8501-C50 ~ $43.97 SUMMIT RACING Purchase Here

 

Timing Cover & Water Pump Installation Stage 1 | Small Block Ford 302

Timing Cover & Water Pump Installation Stage 1 | Small Block Ford 302

 

Timing Cover & Water Pump Installation Stage 1 | Small Block Ford 302

Timing Cover & Water Pump Installation Stage 1 | Small Block Ford 302

 

Timing cover front seal shown

Timing cover front seal shown

 

Timing cover front seal shown

Timing cover front seal shown. Use an oil filter wrench to evenly distribute pressure while setting the seal.

 

Timing cover front seal shown

Timing cover front seal shown. Hammer into place evenly.

ARP bolt kit part number 154-1504

ARP bolt kit part number 154-1504

 

ARP Timing Cover & Water Pump Bolt Kit.

ARP Timing Cover & Water Pump Bolt Kit.

 

ARP Timing Cover & Water Pump Bolt Kit.

ARP Timing Cover & Water Pump Bolt Kit.

 

Gasket for timing cover mocked up into place on dowel.

Gasket for timing cover mocked up into place on dowel.

 

Ford Racing water pump.

Ford Racing water pump.

 

Ford Racing water pump. Sticker illustrates FoMoCo MADE IN CHINA... Oh boy...

Ford Racing water pump. Sticker illustrates FoMoCo MADE IN CHINA… Oh boy…

 

Ford Racing water pump. Sticker illustrates FoMoCo MADE IN CHINA... Oh boy...

Ford Racing water pump. Sticker illustrates FoMoCo MADE IN CHINA… Oh boy…

 

Gasket for water pump.

Gasket for water pump.

 

Timing cover shown mocked up onto the engine block

Timing cover shown mocked up onto the engine block

 

Timing cover shown mocked up onto the engine block

Timing cover shown mocked up onto the engine block

 

Box for water pump with part number: m-8501-c50

Box for water pump with part number: m-8501-c50

 

Water pump mounted to timing cover with ARP bolts. Gaskets are installed.

Water pump mounted to timing cover with ARP bolts. Gaskets are installed.

 

Water pump mounted to timing cover with ARP bolts. Gaskets are installed.

Water pump mounted to timing cover with ARP bolts. Gaskets are installed.

 

Water pump mounted to timing cover with ARP bolts. Gaskets are installed.

Water pump mounted to timing cover with ARP bolts. Gaskets are installed.

 

3 Comments

  1. Rolando Santiago Jr.

    Thank you so much for running this website. You have really made the whole process much easier by being extremely thorough and specific. I do have one question though. In reference to your installation of the Ford Racing Water Pump: For a carbureted setup, what connections on the water pump should be blocked off? Maybe a diagram of what should be blocked off and what should be connected to where? Thank you so much!

  2. Jeremy W

    Did the ARP-154-1504 bolt kit work for you? I purchased this kit to use on my GT40P engine with a Dorman early style timing cover and pass. inlet water pump. Only 3-4 of the bolts in the kit are useable.

  3. Great tutorials, learned a lot. I am rebuilding a 302 out of a 1986 Lincoln to put in a 73 240Z. I am not doing a complete rebuild, compression is good on all cylinders and engine passed the leak test on all cylinders.I am replacing the timing gears and chain, when i went to remove the old unit I noticed when no 1 at tdc the cam gear was 180 out with the pin and marker dot at the top. Is this normal? The guy I bought the engine from said he has never done any work to the engine. Everything I’ve seen shows the cam pin and markers directly opposite each other. Is there a case when the install i have is correct? Any info you can send would be very helpful.
    Thank you,
    Don Suits

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Skip to toolbar