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pre48-list-digest Monday, August 16 1999 Volume 02 : Number 075

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FTE Pre48 - Steering Box



Date: Sun, 15 Aug 1999 10:59:34 EDT
From: Brechtjohn
Subject: FTE Pre48 - Steering Box

I am very curious if someone answered the question about removing the engine
pan from around the steering box. My computer had some problems and I lost a
few mailings. I was very curious as to some of the responses. I hated to
see the person cut the engine pan, and hope someone intervened.

To my knowledge, if I understand the problem correctly, the pitman arm and
the drag link should be separated and the pan upbolted from the frame and
removed. Don't cut the pan!

Also, when you remove your engine BE VERY CAREFULL. The flathead is a big
piece of cast iron and is very heavy. Also don't use a modern engine stand
without supporting the block from the front as well. The bell housing isn't
designed to structurally support it. Flatheads were designed to be supported
from the side at the exhaust ports. There is documentation of these accidents
happening in the "V/8 Times" so don't let anyone tell you different. You
don't want to lose your block nor risk it falling on you. I didn't have an
engine stand, so I built a strong low table out of 2x6s and laid two 6x6's
across the top spaced the width of the pan rails. This allowed me to work
safety on the engine and flip it end over end when I wanted to turn it over.
It was cheap and secure and it worked.

good luck

John Brecht
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