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Old 02-26-2011, 13:51   #1 (permalink)
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Need some help. My son and I needed to replace the gasket on the oil pan (was leaking). To drop the pan you have to unbolt the oil pump. That was easy...

How do you reinstall the oil pump? The repair manual says to place pump in pan, and raise pan up and rest on the cross member (cross member is in way, so cannot lift pan straight up, that is why the oil pump had to be removed). Somehow we are supposed to install the pump drive shaft into the oil pump and into the distributor shaft hex opening. There is only a couple of inches (maybe 2) to manipulate it. There must be a technique for this.

Appreciate any help.
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Re: 1964 T-Bird Oil Pump Installation

it is hard to give yourself more room undo the engine mounts and jack the motor up this should give you more room.


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Need some help. My son and I needed to replace the gasket on the oil pan (was leaking). To drop the pan you have to unbolt the oil pump. That was easy...

How do you reinstall the oil pump? The repair manual says to place pump in pan, and raise pan up and rest on the cross member (cross member is in way, so cannot lift pan straight up, that is why the oil pump had to be removed). Somehow we are supposed to install the pump drive shaft into the oil pump and into the distributor shaft hex opening. There is only a couple of inches (maybe 2) to manipulate it. There must be a technique for this.

Appreciate any help.
Push the shaft up into the bottom of the distributor. Install the pump without the pickup installed. Tilt the pan up with the pickup in it and then bolt up the pickup (remember the gasket) then bolt up the pan. Make sure the crankshaft is in the correct position so the counterweight over the crossmemeber isn't in the way.
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Re: 1964 T-Bird Oil Pump Installation

Thanks Goldie and TBIRD.

I don't know if I can jack up the engine, not sure I have the right equipment for that.

I am not sure I can bolt up the pick up tube after i raise the pan into place. I will have to look in the morning.

The other thing I was thinking about is installing the pump without the shaft. Then I could remove the distributor and install the shaft from the top. Any thoughts on this?
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Thanks Goldie and TBIRD.

I don't know if I can jack up the engine, not sure I have the right equipment for that.

I am not sure I can bolt up the pick up tube after i raise the pan into place. I will have to look in the morning.

The other thing I was thinking about is installing the pump without the shaft. Then I could remove the distributor and install the shaft from the top. Any thoughts on this?
You have to start the pickup bolts by hand while holding the tube and gasket together while holding the pan slightly lowered (sounds harder than it is). Get one bolt in and started. Then get the other in and started. Using a universal socket or universal joint between an extension and the socket, tighten the bolts.
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Tbird - Thanks. I think I will have to jack the engine up. There is less then 2" clearance between pan and engine, so I cannot get my hands in there. I think the rubber mounts on engine are compressed.
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