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Old 01-02-2013, 12:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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If I drop the cross member on my 65 V8, will I be able to get the oil pan off ?
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I did this recently. Once I removed the crossmember, I was able to remove the oil pan. It's a tight fit, but can be done. Basically, drop the crossmember, and then remove all the bolts from the oil pan. Pull the front of the oil pan down, and remove the two bolts that hold the oil pump onto the engine block. You can get in there with a 9/16" wrench. Lower the oil pump into the pan, and then slide the oil pan forward until you clear the center drag link.

Another way would be to remove the crossmember and also the center drag link. Then you can lower the oil pan straight down without removing the oil pump.

Of course, I am assuming you're talking about a stock oil pan...
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I have done this by removing the crossmember, and detaching the idler arm from the frame.
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I have done this by removing the crossmember, and detaching the idler arm from the frame.
Same here - just did this recently and didn't need to disconnect the oil pump at all. As 22GT says, drop the crossmember and detach the idler arm. Not too hard at all actually.
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Doh.....I never even thought of dropping the idler arm. Sometimes the most obvious thing is hidden from view. Filed away for future reference!
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Same here - just did this recently and didn't need to disconnect the oil pump at all. As 22GT says, drop the crossmember and detach the idler arm. Not too hard at all actually.
Yup, crossmember and lowered the drag link idler. Weaseld it out pretty easy. Only took about an hour to swap in a new pan. Very pleasant. Now try to do one on a foxbody.
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Shop manual has detailed instructions....................
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I have done this by removing the crossmember, and detaching the idler arm from the frame.

That's how I've always done it in a Mustang.
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As everyone has said, drop the cross member and the drag link and you will not have any problems. I just did this as well and I have long tube headers and it still came out.



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