Originally Posted by skipperpete
It can be done in situ but the job requires a surgically methodical approach and a calmness normally only found around tibetan monks.
I just did a 4-154 sump gasket (tin can sump) with the engine inverted on the bench and that was not easy. The trick is to glue the cork to the block and into the front and rear grooves with contact adhesive
and great precision... side pieces first with particular attention to the little tabs that go into and eventually under the aft and for’ard gasket grooves. Do a dummy run with the end gasket strips to avoid fumbling with glue on em. Once all the gasket is glued down and looking good, put a dab of RTV red ( or black or silver) into each of the 4 corners and a smear of the same on the oilpan and refit
it to the engine.... a few long guide studs will make the pan go exactly where it needs to be.
Clean and degrease every sealing surface to perfection.
While the oil pan is down take a close look at the lube oil suction strainer. Carefully inspect the residue in the oil pan.
Oh, your’e going to need a mirror and a flashlight.
This is such good advice Pete. Thanks for taking the time to share it. I am going to copy and file it
I have been busy swearing at the engine and while I had to have the flywheel off again, to have the broken damper plate bolt removed, I attempted the rear oil seal
again (crazy I know). By the way the machine shop guy said it was definitely a dodgy bolt, not my technique. He showed me by putting a new allen key, high tensile 1/4inch bolt in quite hand tight and then hit it with a hammer another another 90 degrees around. Tight. So, I recommend new top quality bolts, they are cheap
. Of course when you're fastening into aluminium with steel
, I wear a nappy (diaper), aluminium is much softer.
is back on, seems good! Test drive tomorrow.
? I don't want to jinx myself but...... not too bad, from 2 hours running so far.
I think, maybe, just maybe, the back of the sump pan and rear oil seal
housing (not the actual seal) have a bit of a conspiracy going on. If the test tomorrow is good I will be back with more details, wish me luck and good luck to you all!