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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 03, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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I have my suspension and exhaust torn down...and I decided to replace the oil pan while I'm this far. I'm using the 1-piece, blue felpro gasket. I have (17) of (18) bolts in-place...one bolt (driver's side, rear...the last bolt) is not matching up. By that, I mean that I can look through the oil pan hole, and see a slight offset from the block's screw hole.

Any ideas? Should I ignore this one bolt and re-assemble ... or should I take this thing completely apart and try again? or should I take the dremel to it? [img]smile.gif[/img] Also...should I use RTV? I used a little on the gasket front & back where it mates to the engine, but none on the gasket to oil-pan surface.

Any recommendations are greatly appreciated. Oh...'82 Chev Camaro, 305 4bbl.

Scott

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 03, 07:38 AM
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Are the other bolts tight? If so loosen them all and align the hole with a small 'pick-bar' and then insert the bolt. If not try installing that bolt earlier in the bolt install sequence and then see how the others line up.
It's quite common on SBC pans to have the outer corner bolts be hard to start at times.

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Vintage is right. I replaced my pan about two months ago while it was still in the car, and I used the same gasket. And again, I had the same problem. Work the pan around and you'll get it.

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