oil leak

I recently built up a 383 and I am having trouble with a oil leak I hope you can help me with.   When  I "get on it"  traveling down the
highway with  revs over 3500 I get a oil leak out the front seal in the timing cover.  I have replaced that seal once but it still leaks. The engine build up includes a Comp Cams XE268 cam, Scat 9000 Series 383 Cast Crank with 6" rods,  internally balanced , KB 164 pistons , CR of 9.6, Fluidampr #712430, and a stock oil pan .   The heads are modified Vortec with a PCV valve on one side and a breather on the other side.  Under the timing cover the 2 galley plugs are drilled with a #30 drill along with a #30 drill hole in the boss under the cam sprocket, Are these 3 drill holes pumping too much into the timing cover area ?   The transmission  is a Bowtie Overdrive 700r4 and a rear end gear of 3.36. It cruises in 4th at 2 grand on the tach and 70 mph on the speedo ,  a real nice gutsy setup, other than this oil leak out the front seal around the crank.
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It is not uncommon for a front seal to leak if a new seal is used with an old harmonic balancer, even if the old seal didn't leak. The standard fix is to have a sleeve pressed on the hub of the balancer. The sleeve is only a few mils thick, so it works with a standard size seal. This will give the seal a fresh new surface to seal against. Any machine shop can do it for you, and it's really cheap. I hope this helps. - Gary

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On Tue, 25 Nov 2003 16:34:27 -0800, Gary - KQ6RT wrote:
Auto parts stores sell also sell a sleeve. Look in the gasket catalogs. Buy two (in case you crush one) & use a 2x4 and a hammer to put it on. I used a little RTV to grease it up & help it go on.
Bill
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