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Offline bad76

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I am going insane
« on: March 14, 2007, 04:04:40 PM »
I had all kinds of projects that I was going to start this weekend, rebuild the control arms with urethane bushings, new coil springs, traction bars, extra deep trans pan and tie rods. Well I decided to take the car out yesterday because the weather was great in Chicago and I had just put my carb back on after my motor guy did a custom tune. I ran over a fing piece of concrete that had fallen off of a train overpass and now I need a new oil pan. I just put the damn $8000.00 motor in last year and now I get to take it back out, well at least most of way. I think I am going insane.   

Offline kyledyr

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Re: I am going insane
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2007, 04:24:49 PM »
maybe get your insurance company involved?
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Re: I am going insane
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2007, 05:21:43 PM »
You gotta hate when that happens.  At least oil pans are not that expensive.
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Re: I am going insane
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2007, 05:41:08 PM »
no going insane is when you loose your place to work on you car and its not even half done . a oil pan is a 4 hour job .

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Re: I am going insane
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2007, 07:22:32 PM »
Oh yeah!!!  Insurance.  I know a guy who has a 1963 Corvette.  He failed to tighten the oil filter housing correctly...and lost all the oil and ruined the engine.  The shop said...you did run over something that knocked it off....didn't you?  Why of course I did!  The insurance company paid for the new engome.
In your case, you might be able to get coverage for that.  I'm really sorry it happened though. 

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Re: I am going insane
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2007, 08:33:44 AM »
The oil pan is &250 and the gasket is another $30. It is a mildon 7 quart pan and it will take a little longer than 4 hours, taking off the headers alone is going to take me 2 hours. I have already contacted the city I live in and filed a claim against them because it is because of poor maintenance by the public works that caused it.

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Re: I am going insane
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2007, 12:56:51 PM »
Sorry to hear about this dude.  I feel for ya, especially after paying that kind of money.  But, you'll get it worked out don't frett it!
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Re: I am going insane
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2007, 02:27:40 PM »
Oil pan ain't that bad. Pull the motor and make it easy on yourself. As for the headers. Use (3/8 head) header bolts and not the (7/16 head) header bolts. It makes a world of difference on that second gen bird. Hell ya might even enjoy your next header gasket change. ;)
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Re: I am going insane
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2007, 08:22:15 PM »
Better it was just the pan and not the whole engine.  But still sorry to hear it.
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Re: I am going insane
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2007, 10:29:39 AM »
I already have the 3/8 head header bolts but pontiac headers still suck. I think I am more pissed that I am taking apart what I put together this time last year. How far do you think that I will have to raise the motor to change the pan and do you think I will need to pull the trans.

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Re: I am going insane
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2007, 10:38:55 AM »
I already have the 3/8 head header bolts but pontiac headers still suck. I think I am more pissed that I am taking apart what I put together this time last year. How far do you think that I will have to raise the motor to change the pan and do you think I will need to pull the trans.

yes they are too far tucked up on the bottom side of the head!!!!! as far as raising the motor i know with the factory pan if you raised the motor out of the the motor mounts then but a bolt through the hole as it was out and set it back on top of the mounts that gives plenty of room....but you may need to go a little higher?
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