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Aluminum threads are common and vulnerable to damage. On the magazine's XR650R motorcycle, we upgrade aluminum threads with Time-Sert® thread repairs. Here is the step-by-step Time-Sert® repair and improvement of the engine's outer crankcase/oil filter cover bolt threads. My first exposure to a Time-Sert® repair was a cast iron engine block with pulled main cap threads. A hefty carbon steel insert was the fix! Imagine fixing the axle housing bearing cap threads on a Grand Cherokee's Dana 44 aluminum case rear axle—or a damaged transfer case. Or spark plug threads on a Ford Triton engin
When I wrote the Ford F-Series Pickup Owner's Bible (Bentley Publishers) in the early 1990s, I included years of personal involvement with Ford truck products. From the flathead V-8 and Y-block eras, FE and small-block eras, to the modern diesels and gasoline Triton engines, Ford F-trucks have made an indelible mark. I know these engines and powertrains intimately and look forward to the growth of this Ford F-truck community forum. Loyal owners, enthusiasts and restorers, from the earliest F-1, -2 and -3 models to the contemporary F-trucks, can share their pride and insights around these truc