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Is the inspection cover on an AOD just flat aluminum plate that covers the opening? Mine is missing and I would like to fabricate a new one but am not sure of the cover shape or conture. TIA Tod
 

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There is a bit of "shape" to the one on my '85 AOD. A flat piece would most likely work. I think the depressions are for strengthing to prevent rattling. It also interlocks with the flex plate on the engine. I needed one for mine and went to a tranny shop to find one. They gave me one plus the bolts. Cheaper and easier than fabricating one.
 

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Just a follow up for completeness...

The answer is: it depends. Different engines used different block plates. For example, the AOD from a Thunderbird Super Coupe, with the supercharged 6 cylinder engine used a block plate that has an oval opening and the inspection cover was essentially a rubber grommet. And yes, this block plate works with a small block V8. Most other applications used a block plate with the lower portion missing and a steel inspection plate with a flanged edge...

Good luck,
Rory
 
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