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Old 07-30-2019, 12:28 PM   #1
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It would take me 30 minutes to take out the two front oil pan bolts because of a tight fit between pan and crossmember, so I grind down this socket, and it made it as simple as removing the others.
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Old 07-30-2019, 01:16 PM   #2
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I cut a slot in them with a hacksaw and remove them with a screwdriver. Works great!

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Old 07-30-2019, 01:19 PM   #3
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Back in 66 or so I had an older fellow come up to me ,when I was sitting in my model A, and asked if I had problems getting the pan bolts out. When I said yeas he said that he had a special speed wrench made for taking them out. He said come by and get it, I did and it works great —I keep it under the seat. The wrench’s are probably out there.
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Old 07-30-2019, 01:21 PM   #4
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Old 07-30-2019, 02:38 PM   #5
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What torque do you guys use. The book says 20 FT lbs, but the bolts are never dry. I put 20 on mine and they are really tight but did not break. That's probably too much.
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What torque do you guys use. The book says 20 FT lbs, but the bolts are never dry. I put 20 on mine and they are really tight but did not break. That's probably too much.
I've heard that's a misprint and that 20 in-lbs more like it.
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What torque do you guys use. The book says 20 FT lbs, but the bolts are never dry. I put 20 on mine and they are really tight but did not break. That's probably too much.
Tighten them up until the gasket just begins to mushroom out.

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Old 07-30-2019, 03:23 PM   #8
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When I did mine I used the same spec as the valve cover gasket on my Jeep, 7 ft-lb.
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I do as Dick in So Cal does (post #2). Mine are drivers cars, not show cars so I don't care - not that anybody will ever see the slots. I do the same with the bolts right at the back of the sump too.
When I come accross a car with bolts in the front of the sump, I jack the front off the ground under the axle so I can easily turn the steering to a position where I can get at them. (I do the same when greasing the steering ball joints.)
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Old 07-30-2019, 10:12 PM   #10
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Depends on the gasket. I think it is pretty much only necessary to snug them nicely with a hand rachet then after a few drives retighten. It is not like a head gasket where there is compression as well; this gasket is just holding back oil so torqueing the hell out of it is not going to help, it probably will hurt if you are using a cork gasket.
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Back in 66 or so I had an older fellow come up to me ,when I was sitting in my model A, and asked if I had problems getting the pan bolts out. When I said yeas he said that he had a special speed wrench made for taking them out. He said come by and get it, I did and it works great —I keep it under the seat. The wrench’s are probably out there.
Do you have a picture of your tool you could share? I love special use tools.
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I just use a wobble-socket.
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I just use a wobble-socket.
Same with me.
I use a 1/4" socket set with no problems.
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I too, use the 1/4 inch socket. For all the tighter it needs to be, the 1/4 inch is plenty.
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What torque do you guys use. The book says 20 FT lbs, but the bolts are never dry. I put 20 on mine and they are really tight but did not break. That's probably too much.
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I've heard that's a misprint and that 20 in-lbs more like it.

Yes it is a mis-print! 3-5 lbs. is all that is needed.
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