Oil pan gasket change OR starter replacement in a 302 II

LILCBRA

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Here's a quick how-to on changing an oil pan gasket on a 302 without removing the engine. It's the same steps as changing a starter more or less, so it's basically 2 birds with 1 stone.

First, raise the car to an appropriate height and support it. Remove the (-) battery cable from the battery.

Pull the mounting bolts from the rack and pinion. You're not going to remove it, just manipulate it so it's out of your way. In my case, I lifted the right front tire from the pedestal it was on so that side would turn freely.

Remove the cable from the starter.

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If your car still has the secondary cross member bolted in place, remove it. That gives you access to the bottom starter bolt as well as clearer access to the back oil pan bolts. Remove the starter by removing the 2 bolts holding it in.

Remove the sway bar bushings and brackets from the frame and let the sway bar hang.

Remove the oil pan bolts and remove the oil pan from the car. I had to wiggle it over the sway bar and out of the car.

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This picture is to illustrate the difference between a II oil pan and another stock front sump pan. I also have a picture of the part number for the oil pan. I'm not sure if it's the complete part number or not, but what I have is still visible. The II pan is behind the standard.

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Installation is the reverse of these steps. I purchased the newer one piece oil pan gasket which comes with threaded plastic retaining clips, they're extremely helpful for reinstalling everything. :)
 
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2Blue2

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I like and also recommend the one piece pan gasket. :)
 
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Hello Lilcbra

Does the front oil pan not fit at all?
I can't get my originals tight and bought the front one.
Does only the original oil pan fit?
 

LILCBRA

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You'll most likely run into clearance issues with the rack and pinion. It may fit without modifying, but it's unlikely. You can shim the motor mounts up to accommodate, but you may then run into hood clearance problems.
 

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You'll most likely run into clearance issues with the rack and pinion. It may fit without modifying, but it's unlikely. You can shim the motor mounts up to accommodate, but you may then run into hood clearance problems.
You can lift the engine up about 3/4" with spacers without clearance issues as long as the engine is running the stock manifold or similar with a drop-base air cleaner. It's when you get into mid-rise intakes like your car and mine are running that things get... "interesting".
 
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I'm wondering why your MII oil pan doesn't seal? I always thought with silicon sealer it will not leak...
What gasket did you use?
 

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So i want to pull the P/S rack

do I got to drop the pan?