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Old 05-16-2019, 10:06 PM
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The pump I ordered already has the pick up tube installed and welded for the stock pan.

I'm just gonna' have to trust that it's correct unless it's contacting the pan when I install it.

I'd think it couldn't be any worse than it was with the sump dented in by 3/4"...

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Old 05-17-2019, 08:38 AM
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The pump I ordered already has the pick up tube installed and welded for the stock pan.

I'm just gonna' have to trust that it's correct unless it's contacting the pan when I install it.

I'd think it couldn't be any worse than it was with the sump dented in by 3/4"...

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I understand your thought on trusting the clearance. But, it only takes a second to hold the pan up into position for a test fit. Then you know for sure, before you prep your gasket.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:52 AM
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Dont forget to try to check out the timing chain see if it is a single or double row.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:03 AM
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Yes, I will do the test fit on the pick up to pan clearance before I do the final install... there's just not much I can do to adjust
it if it's too high or too low...

I looked but can't really see the timing chain... the front cover has it covered up pretty well.

I also was able to procure some plastigauge this morning to check my clearances on bearings...

No real progress will occur today as I'm about to head into DFW to pick up my wife at the airport... likely won't be back home 'til later this afternoon.

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Old 05-18-2019, 10:04 AM
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yeah, and when you get back from the airport, she won't wanna hear you are heading to the garage to cheat on her with the fiberglass mistress... you can get a good guesstimate of pick up tube height with a ruler hung down from pan rail. then compare to inside of pan to pan rail. remember gasket thickness.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:44 PM
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Food for thought: Use the Plasti-Gage checks only for giving yourself confidence that the bearing clearances are in the right 'ballpark'. Plasti-Gage is not a perfect system...not nearly as good as detailed & accurate measurements. But, it is simple and can be used to validate that bearing clearances are not way out of whack. IMO, you can do as well by just looking at the condition of bearings which are in use. But, it can't hurt to check it that way, if you want.

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Old 05-19-2019, 09:00 AM
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Update #2:

Had a chance to work on the project for a few hours yesterday beore the storms got here.

Removed & Checked #1 main bearing, bearing is in good condition with only minor wear, no signs of surface degradation
and plastigauge test indicates roughly .002 clearance. That's good enough for me.

Installed the new oil pump & pickup with new driveshaft & mounting stud.

Decided to order a new pan as my original had more damage than just the sump.
While repairable ,In addition to the dented sump, it was bent and creased near the drain plug
and the pan rails/bolts hole were distorted as well... plus it needed paint... New pan was only $53.00, so it was an easy choice.

Still having a problem identifying where my oil leak is coming from... it's around the fuel pump but access is so limited & tight,
I can't really determine the source.... it could be the right front valve cover gasket, but still difficult to see. I may have the remove
the A/C compressor to really see what's gong on there.

Stay tuned... and I appreciate y'all following along and all the great help and comments you've provided.

Oh yeah.... almost forgot... Crank bearings are .010" and timing chain appears to be standard issue (non-roller) replacement.

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Old 05-19-2019, 10:12 AM
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Remove right-front wheel to gain access to the fuel pump....
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Originally Posted by 7T1vette View Post
Remove right-front wheel to gain access to the fuel pump....


Down around the fuel pump, there are limited possible places for oil to leak- The block to the pump plate, the plate to the pump, the 3/8 bolt on the front of the block to lock the pushrod when changing the pump, and the pump itself. I've seen a few (NOT very many) leak a bit of oil from the diaphragm vent.
Next up would be the front of the intake or the rocker cover.
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