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I removed my water inlet cover (no water pump since it is boat) and noticed it had the factory steel water pump backing plate which of course was all rusted. Do I need this plate if I am not using a water pump?

Also if I don't need the water pump backing plate, I only need the rear gasket correct (inlet plate to timing cover gasket?)?

Picture of my inlet cover (made of aluminum) also added for reference.

Edit: I think I could get away without running one but there would be more water sitting in the timing cover cavity during storage and harder to drain all the water out of that area without one?

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We recently did a marine jet crate combo with the Berkeley front cover plate that did not require the wp back plate.

Depends on style.









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We recently did a marine jet crate combo with the Berkeley front cover plate that did not require the wp back plate.

Depends on style.









Scotty J. "AKA" The "Mad Porter"
"EMC 2006" 3rd place finisher
Ported BBF iron head specialist & Aluminum heads from all sources.
Custom ground cams
See our products in the Vendor for sale section
Customized crate engines
ParklandAutoMachine.com
R-H-P.biz
"Parkland Performance Auto Machine" Formerly RHP
(253)-988-6648
Parkland Auto Machine
Nothing better than a stock looking engine.

This factory looking cleveland made 900hp.........

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