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Old 09-11-2013, 03:21 PM   #1
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Default 53 merc oil pan in 35 pu frame

I am trying to install a 53 merc motor in a 35 pu frame using Pete and Jakes 34 front end with vega cross steering. the original merc motor had a center sump pan and it interfered with the tie rod and steering arm. I have purchased a rear sump pan here on the Ford Barn but it will not clear the crossmember. Is there diferent rear sump pans ? the center sump pan cleared the crossmember just fine. Help thanks steve
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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I am trying to install a 53 merc motor in a 35 pu frame using Pete and Jakes 34 front end with vega cross steering. the original merc motor had a center sump pan and it interfered with the tie rod and steering arm. I have purchased a rear sump pan here on the Ford Barn but it will not clear the crossmember. Is there diferent rear sump pans ? the center sump pan cleared the crossmember just fine. Help thanks steve

There are only 3 rear sump pans for the late flathead that I know of; '48-'52 truck with the large clean out, '53 "stepped" truck rear sump, and '49-'51 Mercury. Scroll down in the link below to pictures 24-28 for a visual, and place the cursor over the little yellow icon for text and zoom.

http://www.flatheadv8.org/bellhousing.pdf
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:59 PM   #3
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Default Re: 53 merc oil pan in 35 pu frame

Thanks V8 Bob The pan that was on the motor looks like photo 26 on the left (Ford ) the pan I bought looks like photo 28 (Merc) so maybe I bought a Ford not Merc. How can I tell without going in the motor? Will the pans interchange?
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:01 PM   #4
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Steve, I used the center sump pan with a longer pitman arm clears everything. you may need a spacer under the front motor mounts, it may help with lower radiator hose alignment also. Good luck Paul
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:15 PM   #5
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Thanks Paul. It looks like I do not have any options. I do have a pitman arm from Speedway that has an offset. I will try that and see. thanks again. steve
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:18 AM   #6
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Default Re: 53 merc oil pan in 35 pu frame

1 8ba pickup truck pan
2 Shim motor up ” or so
 
I believe the motor (59 or 8ba) sits to low in a 35 or 6 frame.
I believe in 37 ford changed the cross member when they moved the pumps down to the block.
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