Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Probably in the garage
I've been a little reluctant to admit to this, but I recently crushed my oil pan on my '65 in an unintended offroad excursion (pulled a surprise spin-to-win maneuver that left me on the wrong side of the highway, facing backwards, astraddle of a road ditch, with 2 cops scratching their heads and me waiting for a wrecker....)
Anyhoo...the oil pan had been leaking at the back for sometime anyway.
I dropped the steering linkage by removing the pitman arm bolts from the frame, taking the nut loose that attaches the power steering ram to the frame, and popping the tapered joint at the steering box apart with a puller. This allowed the linkage to drop down about a foot where the power steering hoses let it hang. I also removed the cross member. That gave me god-awful-plenty of room to work with.
On the new pan, I used the fel-pro 1 piece gasket and used a liberal amount of RTV at the back and front, not only at the corners (where everyone says) BUT ALSO along the whole 180 degrees of the arched portion (learned that the hardway when trying to get a 5.0 engine to seal last winter).
Once I put the pan back on, I put all 5 quarts of my OLD oil back in the engine and 5 more quarts of the cheapest engine oil I could find and let it sit to check for leaks at the pan rail.
When I didn't find any, I went ahead and drained the oil and replaced it with fresh.
Then I put the cross member back on and reattached the steering linkage.
QED and leak fixed.
That being said....Gypsy is right. You can't fix an oil pan leak if the oil pan isn't leaking...so verify that first.
"Two barks means faster!" Enzo
Last edited by HoosierBuddy; 05-16-2019 at 03:06 PM.