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Intake manifold part - need identification
« on: October 13, 2020, 02:24:47 PM »
There is a part bolted to the left side of my intake manifold.
Part number on it is D42E-9E434-AB.

There are four bolts attaching it to the manifold.
There are three plugs screwed into the part. 
See attached photo. 
The engine is installed in a track roadster and I need additional room between the hood side.
What is the purpose of this part?  Can I remove it and cover the opening with a flat plate?
It has been very difficult to remove so would like to know if okay before tearing into it.   
Thanks, Bruce

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Re: Intake manifold part - need identification
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2020, 04:51:35 AM »
That block covers up the intake manifold coolant passage.  Usually one of the ports has a nipple with a hose attached for coolant flow in order to warm up the intake manifold.  Seeing as you have all the ports plugged now, replacing the block with a flat plate should provide no functional change. 

Just had to comment.  I had bad luck with a Fram oil filter.  One time when removing one, a long string of adhesive was hanging out the filter discharge.  The adhesive is suspected to have come from the internal filter construction.  If it had fully broken off, it could have block a critical oil passage.  Suggest using Wix, Mortorcraft, or anything else.
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Re: Intake manifold part - need identification
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2020, 12:36:32 PM »
Jerry J,
Thanks for the feedback.
Never could understand why there was antifreeze in the intake manifold area. 
Also, thanks for your thoughts on Fram filters, never had a problem but will keep an eye on it. 
Cheers,
Bruce
   

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Re: Intake manifold part - need identification
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2020, 10:45:44 PM »
Ive had good luck with motorcraft filters..
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