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Hey everyone..well as some of you may know I have been building a 454 to put in my camaro. Good news I finally got it in and working. Now for the news no one wants to here. I was driving home from the exhaust shop and I was taking it easy when about in third gear I felt a jolt from the motor...it almost felt as if I had dropped a cylinder...I get home and I have a very loud ticking noise..my distributor is vibrating like crazy...I look at my guage and I have absolutley no oil pressure. So I take out my distributor thinking I have a bent shaft..nope straight as can be. I try to put it back in thinking it just got knocked off. It would not go back in. I look down and see the the oil pump shaft is at an angle.. ..I mean I only had the car running for a day after 6 months of work. [img]graemlins/clonk.gif[/img] It sucks because It was out of commision my whole senior year of high school and now college footabll starts and I need to take care of this A.S.A.P. does any one know what I should do or should I take it somewhere to get fixed.
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can you get a BBC oil pan off with the engine still in the car?

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Did you use a stock intermediate shaft with a High Volume pump?
If so change to a good HP type.
If not you need to check the pump (is it on right and tight, are there any internal issues that cause drag, lock-up and/or missalignment?), the pump mount surface (is it straight with not dings or ?) and the intermediate pump shaft (is it straight and working okay ?)
Just a couple things to check - looks like you caught it in time though.

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If you used a stock pump shaft with the plastic sleeve, this could be the problem. I would try to wiggle the shaft with a long magnet tool. If it wiggles, try to lift it out. If not, you will have to drop the pan and pump. If you do drop the pan, check everything out to see why it happened. Go to an all steel shaft.

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I don't think you can do any shaft removal from the top, the pan has to come down. Do yourself a favor and do it right, pull the engine.

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This is too important an area to take shortcuts. Drop the pan and see what happend. I dont trust the nylon sleeve that most oil pump shafts use. I got a shaft that has a metal sleeve pinned to it so it could never fall off or crack. Piece of mind is worth the effort.
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I was driving home from the exhaust shop and I was taking it easy when about in third gear I felt a jolt from the motor...it almost felt as if I had dropped a cylinder...I get home and I have a very loud ticking noise..my distributor is vibrating like crazy...I look at my guage and I have absolutley no oil pressure. So I take out my distributor thinking I have a bent shaft..nope straight as can be. I try to put it back in thinking it just got knocked off. It would not go back in. I look down and see the the oil pump shaft is at an angle.. ..I mean I only had the car running for a day after 6 months of work. [img]graemlins/clonk.gif[/img] It sucks because It was out of commision my whole senior year of high school and now college footabll starts and I need to take care of this A.S.A.P. does any one know what I should do or should I take it somewhere to get fixed.
I would drop the pan and pull the pump, its very possible that a forgein object locked up the pump and thats the jolt you felt. If it is locked up findout what it was that did it and inspect the dist. very closely as it may be damaged.

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