Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Austin, TX, USA
To add to BPOS' comments...be sure the mounting flange of the cover is flat (not dempled around the bolt holes). If not, tap it out with a ball peen hammer. Secondly, make sure the lower lip of the cover is properly shaped. The oil pan should be loose to get it properly installed. If that isn't possible, you can nip the corners of the lower grove on the engine side to make it slip into position a bit better. As for torque, I don't have a manual. I'd guess about 15 ft*lbs. Even torque is more imporant than tight bolts. Too tight and the cover will warp and leak. I tend to avoid sealants except where necessary. The area between cover gasket and the rubber seal is an example of a place where I'll dope it. Let the sealant tack a minute or two before installing. Lastly, put a thin film on the crank snout and key area to minimize oil weeping around the harmonic balancer. The installation tool is a must.
68 Coupe, 350 w/ Edelbrock Performer RPM heads, cam, intake, 700R4, Dave's small body HEI