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Just want to pass on a helpful tip to all who like to wrench.
I'm sure we can all relate to the frustration of keeping the gasket in place while trying to re-install the cover on any number of things. The outer primary case, the cam cover, even the air cleaner on carb or EFI models.
I saw a set of these on EBay with plastic dip on the one half. I just don't see them working in all cases, I think the plastic dip might make it a little tighter getting gaskets and covers over.

Here is all you'll need:

12" length of 1/4x20 threaded rod.
2 1/4x20 nuts.
1/4x20 Die (to recut threads)
Hacksaw
File

I cut into 3" pieces. Run the nuts onto one end of the rod, jam them against each other to hold down.
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Next run the die onto the piece to clean the threads, then round off with the file to remove any burrs, and check if the nuts start.
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Top is before, bottom is after.
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Sample of many uses.....

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Just turn in loose, 2-4 turns. Then you can start a couple of the cover cap screws to hold everything in place and remove the studs.
If they would happen to jam, just use the 2 nuts, jam them together and turn the inner nut out.




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Good tip! Some auto manufacturers include similar studs in their required special tools. Sometimes you can stick the gasket on with a little wheel bearing grease to hold it in place momentarily.

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I've always used a little permatex aviation adhesive to keep gaskets in place. That's the only thing I ever used on VW motors. Had an old vw expert turn me onto that stuff years ago. Sticks like hell.
 
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