Nice cover Paul...do you think one could be made to accomodate electric water pumps like CSR with the mounting points milled down around a inch to gain radiater to pump clearance?? I would buy one for sure and i bet alot of Fox body owners would too instead of moving radiator forward or motor way back to gain clearance for electric fans big enough to cool big motors on street. Thanks ED
First, our cover accepts a Meziere electric waterpump (when used in conjuction with the Meziere big block Ford waterpump spacers).
ALso, these covers are sold with the waterpump pads solid/not drilled, so milling the front of the waterpump pads on the cover down one inch is indeed possible on these covers. It would be up to the end user to do this. However, this does not change the dimension at the front-center of the cover (where the timing chain resides) and so the main body of the traditional electric waterpump will still be in front of the case and at the same location dimensionally
. The HFD Quick Change Timing Cover's chain case really isn't any taller than the OEM cover nor can any cover provide greater clearance overall. Ironically, the funny thing is that we just raised the waterpump pads to be equal with the rest of the case specifically so that Fox body owners could use this cover with a cover-mounted electric waterpump such as the Meziere. This was at repeated requests by Fox body owners, not the other way around such as you are now suggesting.
If you need more clearance, then there is no reason to stick with a waterpump that is mounted at the traditional location at the front of the engine. You can use a remote waterpump. Both Meziere and CSR make them, and they are $60-$90 less
than the traditional waterpumps.
Additionally, if you study the picture above it's easy to see that if you use a remote waterpump you can then tap/plumb the cooling hoses into the 7 o'clock and 5 o'clock locations on the waterpump bosses on the timing cover (instead of out the forward facing area cover) which would give you far greater clearance and also look like a much more clean install.