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Rear engine cover install---Please Help!!!

This is a discussion on Rear engine cover install---Please Help!!! within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I'm on the last leg of my 383 build up and am stuck on installing the rear engine cover. My ...

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    Rear engine cover install---Please Help!!!

    I'm on the last leg of my 383 build up and am stuck on installing the rear engine cover. My question is, do the inner lips of the seal have to be orientated a certain way? I have a Haynes manual that states that the lip of the seal should face the engine, but they're installing the seal into the cover while already on the engine, so I'm not sure if they're talking about the inner or outer lips. I was reading a build-up on gm-high tech and they used some aluminum donut tool that clicked onto the crank and then you just slide the cover on, but I'm not sure if that was to keep the lips oriented some way, or maybe for extra protection. Here's a link to it:
    http://www.gmhightechperformance.com...ne_covers.html

    I can't do anything else, like install the oil pan, until this is on, so it's the only thing holding me back...and I have read and searched everywhere and can't find a definitive answer. Any comments or opinions are appreciated.

    Thanks

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    there should be a flat side of the seal. that goes outside away from the motor.

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    this pic shows it

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    Thanks for the reply, but I was talking about the inside lips of the seal...there are 2. One of them is about a 1/4 long and could theoretically go towards the engine sliding over the crank, but since you pointed out the picture, I realize that the metal tab behind the seal wouldn't be visible if the lip went the way I dreaded. Long story short, I overanalyzed throwing a simple cover on.
    Thanks again

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    no problem

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