187 Pan Removal

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  1. matthon

    matthon Well-Known Member

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    Original 383 car, 187 pan, not sure on the pick-up.

    What does it take to get the oil pan off?

    Or is it possible to swap out the gasket without completely removing the pan?

    The bolts above the k-member look near impossible to get.

    Not pulling the engine anytime soon.

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  2. RustyRatRod

    RustyRatRod 30 Degrees Outta Whack

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    I use 1/4" drive stuff for its small diameter. I use a 1/4" universal to get to the tight spots. I believe you have to jack the engine up off the mount pads to get the pan out.
     
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    • matthon

      matthon Well-Known Member

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      Are we talking remove the inspection cover too, so the pan can move back first to drop the front?

      The trans is out, car is up on ramps, which are on top of 2x6s.

      Jacking it up might not work, I'm not sure I could even get my crane on it because the car is pretty high, and I don't want it to pull the engine forward as the fan is close to the rad.

      Is there an easy way to get the steering out of the way, and is that even enough to get it out?

      Just trying to visualize before I get too deep as it's getting cold and I need to make this move again.
       
    • halifaxhops

      halifaxhops It's going to get stupid around here! FABO Gold Member

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      At a minimum have to take the center link off and jack up the engine a bit. Yes it sucks.
       
    • Daves69

      Daves69 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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      The crank CW or journal may prevent you from sliding the pan back without lifting the engine a bit. Maybe it was B-bodies where I read someone took the CL off on the passenger side only and swung it out of the way enough to get their pan off.
       
    • Tooljunkie

      Tooljunkie King of cobble/master of the broken bolt FABO Gold Member

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      Its like saying i want my window down but dont want to turn the crank.
      There is not a hope in getting the pan out if you dont raise engine a little. Crane boom all the way out, drop a chain and pull a motor mount bolt or two.
       
    • oldkimmer

      oldkimmer FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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      A 187 doesn’t have any baffels so it may come out without lifting the motor cause u have the tranny out. U will still need to take/drop the steering linkage. U can turn the crank with a strong arm and I short extension and a 1 1/4 socket. Good luck to ya. Kim
       
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      matthon Well-Known Member

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      Ok, all helpful.
      I think I'll make sure I can get to all the bolts, and if so remove them all.
      If for some reason the gasket is free, I don't see any harm in just wiping the surfaces down and replacing.
      If not, try to swing the CL out of the way and see if there is enough clearance.
      If not, raise engine with crane a bit.

      I need to get the darn trans back in so this thing can be moved, but I find hard to just leave this as is while it's staring me in the face.
       
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