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    oil pan installation

    I just installed the Felpro unit. It actually wedged into the crank seals and stayed there. I went very old school and used Permatex #2. As suggested I put a good amount in the corners after cleaning with first brake cleaner then alcohol. The plastic retainers are great add. I'm saving those. Appreciate all the suggestions. I'll let you know how this comes out.
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    oil pan installation

    Yes, Used Ultra Black. But others recommend the old brown stuff, Permatex 2B. Found a small defect in the pan at the edge of the rear seal surface. Not sure if that is the issue. Sealant should have taken care of that.
  3. Looking for any tips on installing the oil pan in the car. 69 351W. I had to remove the pan to install a new pickup. First attempt failed. No drips on the sides, just at the rear. I believe the main seal is good. I had run the car at 2K rpm but unknowingly with low oil pressure (10-20). No leaks anywhere at that time. Fixed that issue, now 40-50. But using the Ford racing one piece gasket, I must have failed mostly on the rear end. I know the front main seal is good. Rear seal didnt leak with the low oil pressure. After reinstalling the pan I get lots of leaking at the rear. Possibly a little at the front. I cant tell if I'm getting oil at the pan seal or the main seal. Just looking for tips and wisdom so I don't repeat. I have the pan off again cleaning up the surfaces.
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    Yet another circuit board question....

    Agree with Midlife (he is the expert here). Check the grounds. But also check the blue lens for each light. I used the dimable LEDs which are great, but I found that all the lenses were melted from the original bulbs. This made the cluster look like no lights at all. Once I changed to new blue lenses and the dimable LEDs I'm all set. They do dim correctly and have the original look in the car. Plus thanks to Midlife, I have all my gauges working correctly.
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    Engine Oil Dipstick tube

    Completely agree. You cant trust even the new parts. My new Carter fuel pump I found out was putting out 15psi, mainly from a design flaw. Took a while to diagnose and switched to an Edelbrock. Need to double check everything.
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    Engine Oil Dipstick tube

    Yes thats what I was doing. Not sure why they cut it down, but not I have the correct length dipstick to compare. The one I bought at NPD was wrong. It must be fore the 302. Greatly appreciate the quick responses. I had a low oil pressure issue and found out the pick up tube was from a 302, very different from the 351. Add to this the dip stick tube issue ( it was too long so the dipstick would ride higher in the pan). I fired it up tonight and the gauge now shows the correct pressure. Back in business. thanks,
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    Engine Oil Dipstick tube

    Thank you this helps. The one that was in the car has the Ford part number and the oval stamped in it. But its shorter. Then I noticed its been cut at the end. There is only the the upper limit stamped in the stick. The rest of it has been cut off. I'll have to pull the one I now have in the car and see if it stacks up to the measurements you provided. If you measure from the full mark to the start of the shroud is it 20 3/8"? I think the math works. Or atleast close to it. thanks for the help.
  8. Can someone tell me the real length for the oil dipstick tube and the dipstick for a 351W. I purchased the 13 11/16 tube which according to NPD is the right tube for the 351. It is very different vs the tube that was on my engine. Measuring from the point where the tube gets pressed into the front cover to the tip of the stick is about 3" different. The one in the car was farther down in the pan, which would tell me to have less oil. But I want to confirm I'm using the correct stick. thanks
  9. Free to anyone who wants it. Just pay the shipping. Original 69 head. I do have all the valve train components if interested. I will end up recycling it by the end of the year if no one wants it. thanks,
  10. I hooked up a mechanical gauge direct to the sending hole. Tested the gauge first. I'm stumped now. Rechecked bearing clearances. Rechecked to make sure I had all three plugs in the front under the timing gear. removed the oil pump. Likely going to just get a different one. Its a Melling from Summit. Not sure where else to look. The crossmember was already loose lol. I removed it and the oil pan pooped out easily.
  11. Thanks Mike65, I'll give it a shot. Was you car on the ground where the wheels had weight on them? I'm sitting on rollers so the the wheels can move sideways easily.
  12. Trying to pull the oil pan in my car, (351W). The tube shaped #1 crossmember is in the way. Is it possible to pull that crossmember with out the car splaying out so it cant be reinstalled? I have a newly fully rebuilt engine with low oil pressure, 10-20 psi. New pump, new bearings (measured the clearance), resized rods. I can only think the pump, pickup or I missed or didnt fully seat a galley plug in the front. Engine runs with no leaks, so its not the back. My experience with new parts has not been good. Bad new fuel pump, bad new sender, etc. Any ideas where to start?
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    Engine build vs Crate discussion

    I used to work for Ford but now work for Roush. I'm not in the crate motor area, (Engineering for Alt Fuels and Performance) but I was through the shop today. Like a kid in a candy store. Motors in all states of assembly and capability. The quality of work there is fantastic. Not a sales pitch, but you might want to check out what they have.
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    High Fuel Pressure

    I ended up buying an Edelbrock pump from Roush. They have tested many units and exclusively use these on their crate motors. I also got some information on why the Carters have issues. So I'm sticking with what has been tested. Roush says they have had no issues since shifting to the Edelbrock pumps. I bought the street version since my engine is farily mild. I'm going to install the pump this weekend.
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    High Fuel Pressure

    Thanks, totally agree something must be wrong with the pump. I'm not on the road yet so I have some time and will contact Carter and go for a replacement. The guys building the Roush crate motors recommended the Holley pump. Not sure which one, but I'm going to look into that. Have never seen so many new parts give such trouble. Seems there is no more bolt it on and go. Need to verify everything.
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