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    Default Sweet Merciful Crap....

    Well, looks like i'm gonna have to break down and change the oil pan and gasket myself (happy happy joy... ) and i'm looking to find out exactly what i'm getting into. So between looking at my haynes manual (pos thing) and what i've heard from mechanics and read here this is what i've come up with as the minimum to sucessfully complete this bs project.

    1) Drain the oil
    2) Unbolt the trans from the mount (i'm guess just undoing the 2 bolts on the crossmember)
    3) The haynes book said to unbolt the cat's from the manifolds, but I believe simply unbolting the front cats from the rear cat (y-pipe cat setup) will suffice. I say this based on the fact that it should still give me enough room the play with without pulling the entire exhaust apart. And seeing that I just put new bolts in to seal that flange back up like a week ago it'll be a lot easier to pull back apart.
    4) Unbolt the engine mounts
    5) Put a jack under the engine (beats me where) and slowly jack the engine up.
    6) Put wood blocks/2x's under the engine mounts to hold it up during the process.
    7) Unbolt the pan drop it down, do something regarding the sump like unscrewing it some how
    8) Pull out the pan (carefully of course) clean up the bottom of the block and what not. Put the gasket on the pan. (I've got the FRPP one piece on order and a dual sump chrome pan with provisions for the oil level sensor on order).
    9) Put everything back together. Torque stuff up fill up with oil, good to go...???

    So after all that, i'm basically looking for verification of this process. If anyone has advice, extra info, pics of the process,since none are on the coolcats site (hmmmmm idea for erics' revision???!!!) I would be eternally greatful!!!

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    Default Re: Sweet Merciful Crap....

    Oh, here's a pic o the pan and gasket, ignore the oil pickup, unless it would help as a reference point for something .
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    Default Re: Sweet Merciful Crap....

    I can't help you, but I do feel your pain.


    Looks like I'm going to be doing the same thing very shortly.

    I know you'll have enough to worry about, but if you have a digital camera, and you can, take a lot of pics. A write up would be helpful since so many of us with these cars will face this sooner or later.


    Good luck.

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    Default Re: Sweet Merciful Crap....

    As to where to jack up the engine, I think you're safe in doing so under the crank pulley/harmonic balancer. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Default Re: Sweet Merciful Crap....

    Here's what 1986 TBird previously typed out from the shop manual:


    1. Raise hood and cover fenders. Disconnect battery ground cable.

    2. Remove oil level indicator from left side of rear oil sump.

    3. Remove air cleaner tube.

    4. Remove fan shroud retaining bolts and position shroud over fan.

    5. Raise vehicle on hoist.

    6. Drain crankcase and transmission.

    7. Remove driveshaft assembly.

    8. Disconnect speedometer cable from transmission.

    9. Remove gearshift bell crank level from transmission.

    10. Remove flywheel housing cover retaining bolts and remove cover.

    11. Remove flywheel-to-converter attaching bolts.

    12. Remove transmission control shaft.

    13. Remove gear selector valve rod.

    14. Remove starter motor retaining bolts and electrical connections and remove starter motor from vehicle.

    15. Remove exhaust catalyst converter and muffler inlet pipes.

    16. Support transmission with suitable transmission jack and remove converter housing to cylinder block attacking bolts.

    17. Remove engine mount-to-No. 2 cross member attaching bolts or nuts.

    18. Remove No. 3 cross member and rear insulator support assemblies.

    19. Remove neutral start switch electrical connection at transmission and disconnect transmission oil cooler lines.

    20. Remove transmission and converter as an assembly.

    21. Remove flywheel attacking bolts.

    22. Remove engine rear cover plate.

    23. Remove steering gear attaching bolts and position steering gear forward out of the way.

    24. Raise and support engine in a position that allows for clearance of oil pan removal.

    25. Remove oil pan attaching blots and lower oil pan to No. 2 cross member.

    26. Remove oil pump and pickup tube attacking bolts. Allow oil pump and pickup tube assembly to drop into oil pan.

    27. Remove oil pan from vehicle.





    I think you can get by without doing all of this, but just to give you an idea.
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    Default Re: Sweet Merciful Crap....

    Uh.... yeah, way to much going on there, and i'm not up for draining my tranny and such. I may include the fan shroud into my list, but the rest of that is way too much effort and unknown to me. With my luck i'd break something taking it off and end up costing myself more. I think i'll take my chances with my list! Again i'm simply looking for as many shortcuts as I can to end up with a reasonably professional result. As an added bonus I just found out my lower radiator hose is leaking nicely too, so i'll be doing that as well. Who knows it may help .
    Last edited by nirvanagod; 11-15-2004 at 03:44 PM.
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    Default Re: Sweet Merciful Crap....

    Let me know how it goes. I'm dreading the hell out of doing it myself, but it's starting to leak at a pretty excessive rate so I'm out of options.

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    Default Re: Sweet Merciful Crap....

    Heh, something tells me i'll need all the well-wishing and prayers i can get . I suck when it comes to gaskets so this should be a fun little ordeal, most likely ending up with me kicking the s*** outta my car, then breaking down and having it towed to a mechanic to fix/finish what i started. But I do intend to take pictures of the process as I trudge kicking and screaming through it. Afterwards, i'll prolly post them in this thread (along with the process) and also send them off to Eric (would that be cool Eric?) so he can add a tech section for this on the coolcats site.
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    Default Re: Sweet Merciful Crap....

    Sure, send away. As a veteran of several oil pan/pump change incidents, I can tell you it's about the worst job you'll ever do on these cars, short of tearing apart an AOD. But really it's not excruciatingly painful either. Just be patient. At least getting to it and taking it out is cut and dried. BTW, if you're totally removing the pan then take out the radiator first. Once the engine is cranked all the way up, the pan needs to come out the front, over the K-member, if you have an AOD (it comes out the back with a T-5). You'll have just enough clearance to get the pan out with the radiator removed (you don't have to worry about the a/c condenser).

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    Default Re: Sweet Merciful Crap....

    Quote Originally Posted by EricCoolCats
    BTW, if you're totally removing the pan then take out the radiator first.
    AWWWWW Crap !! Didn't need to hear that one! Well luckily I have to drain it anyway. Tho I am hoping that i can get enough clearance to unbolt the pump and angle it out the back. It seems more logical to do it that way, but since the radiator is going to be drained anyway, it'll be easy to pop it out quick when i've been proven wrong for sure! Guess we'll see soon. Ugh...
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