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Old 18th August 2022
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Since aluminum expands more than most other alloys, Have you considered heating the cover up to 250 or 300 in an oven? Ovens will heat the part uniformly, unlike a torch.
If it works, put the cover back in the oven and let both cool down slowly to minimize distortion.
I'll give it a shot. What could it hurt?
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So heating it up didn't work, I found a replacement on Ebay for 100.00 so that's coming. Nice thing is, it's precut so I don't have to cut it down again. I got a puller coming today so I'll try to get the cam out and see how messed up it is.

I was planning on ordering new cams anyway, but I really liked the cut I did on my cam cover.
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If you have the time, it might be a good idea to do some detective work to figure out why this one failed. Insufficient oil comes to mind but why? Plugged delivery, no oil grooves in the bushing to let the oil in? Finding a cause may save you from going through this again.
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