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Old 11-08-2007, 10:01 PM   #21
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Nice,
Is that the original Bumper? The guy who I bought my 74 off of put a 82 bumper on. It looks really nice but hurts the car in shows.
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Old 11-09-2007, 12:38 AM   #22
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Replaced the rear main seal on my 82 a little over a year ago...full-service type of local mechanic. Close to $600, just under. Metro Atlanta....fwiw.

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F them. I would have walked away from that quote.
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Old 11-09-2007, 01:11 AM   #23
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All you have to do is jack up the car, drain oil, remove oil filter, remove transmission dust shield, drop idler arm from frame which drops suspension, unbolt and drop oil pan, unbolt and drop rear main, push out and replace top half of seal, pull out and replace bottom half of seal, and put everything back up in the same order but backwards.

It's a good time to upgrade to a one piece oil pan gasket, and yes, a quick scrape of the oil pan gasket mating surface to clean it up before installing the pan is a good idea.

New filter and new oil, bolt the idler arm back up, and viola...DONE.

I did this just a few months ago, and it took me just under two hours from start to finish.[/QUOTE]

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DB, I have never done one in the car and I have heard of a tool that can be used. Some have called it a "sneaky pete". Is that tool needed?

I have been delaying the replacement of the rear main in my "80 and thinks I may takle it this weekend. Does the upper part of the seal slide out fairly easy?

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Old 11-09-2007, 08:52 AM   #24
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DB, I have never done one in the car and I have heard of a tool that can be used. Some have called it a "sneaky pete". Is that tool needed?

It might be helpful, but I don't use one. I use the long wooden handle of a paint brush. It won't harm the journals and is long enough to get the seal started pushing through. Once you see it pop out the other side just grab it with a pair of needle nose pliers and pull it the rest of the way out. Installing the new half can be tough, but once it's oiled well and started it will slide in with minimal fuss.
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It might be helpful, but I don't use one. I use the long wooden handle of a paint brush. It won't harm the journals and is long enough to get the seal started pushing through. Once you see it pop out the other side just grab it with a pair of needle nose pliers and pull it the rest of the way out. Installing the new half can be tough, but once it's oiled well and started it will slide in with minimal fuss.
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Old 04-15-2016, 01:24 AM   #26
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[QUOTE=funymuny;1562668211]Replaced the rear main seal on my 82 a little over a year ago...full-service type of local mechanic. Close to $600, just under. Metro Atlanta....fwiw.

Saw you had a rear main seal problem. I also have an 82 Vette collectors edition with a leaky seal Did it get fixed ok?
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Old 04-15-2016, 02:26 AM   #27
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Use the Fel Pro Seal. - Rear Main Seal
1959-85 Chevy L6/V6/V8
2-piece fluoroelastomer #:2912
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Well worth the money no leaks!
Easy DIY Job!

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Old 04-15-2016, 08:26 AM   #28
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Use the Fel Pro Seal. - Rear Main Seal
1959-85 Chevy L6/V6/V8
2-piece fluoroelastomer #:2912
Attachment 47972522
Well worth the money no leaks!
Easy DIY Job!
what would it cost for someone to do itfor me at a shop?
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$500-800 depending on urban or suburban/rural area....
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$500-800 depending on urban or suburban/rural area....
Sounds about right. I've owned this car for a few days and trying to get the kinks out. Thanks for your help. Bill
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$500-800 depending on urban or suburban/rural area....
Yikes!!!! $$$$$$$
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F them. I would have walked away from that quote.
You are pretty harsh.
If a guy brings me his Vette I am going to remove, hot tank, and repaint his pan, thoroughly clean the pan rail of the block, clean all the pan bolts, and paint them. This job is worth every bit of 5-600 in my shop with the over head of the equipment, and the building plus the guarantee that it is in fact fixed. By the time I pay my expenses I probably make less than you do an hour at your job.
Just sayin
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If a guy brings me his Vette I am going to remove, hot tank, and repaint his pan, thoroughly clean the pan rail of the block, clean all the pan bolts, and paint them. This job is worth every bit of 5-600 in my shop with the over head of the equipment, and the building plus the guarantee that it is in fact fixed. By the time I pay my expenses I probably make less than you do an hour at your job.
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For the work above I think that price would be worth it. But not all shops would go that extra mile to do all you are doing above.

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For the work above I think that price would be worth it. But not all shops would go that extra mile to do all you are doing above.
I go the extra mile with everybody, to a fault. They treat me good, and the feeling is mutual. If they don't, I am so busy all the time, that I just don't work for the abusive ones. I always leave everything in better condition than I found it especially on classic stuff.
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BTW the engine in your avatar is pure awesomeness!

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BTW the engine in your avatar is pure awesomeness!
Thank You Century!

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