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Old 09-29-2016, 11:58 AM
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I went with Clifford Performance's 16ga. steel headers, for less than that new HD exhaust. They are split with two 2.5" collectors which can blend into one 3" exhaust.. I regret not wrapping them with heat shield fiberglass cloth, but that is another project for next time I have them off...
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With many of the pre efi engines an oil leak is diagnosed as being due to a bad rear main seal.

But actually, the problem may be the multi-piece pan gasket of the early engines. To bypass this issue, it is easy to convert your pan so that it can use the efi era one piece pan gasket.

Simply grind off the raised tabs at each bolt hole. Clean the pan of any metal filings/grindings, and install the one piece.

*Also, to prevent the bolts from localizing the torque when tightened, at the junkyard remove the long metal inserts that border the pan. The bolts are then inserted through these efi era slats, and into their holes. The slats distribute the pressure, much like the slats used on valve covers.
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Way good tip amigo, and I am going to look for the long slat style 'washer' for my old '68 300 IL 6. Even after a fresh engine rebuild, and very careful cleaning & gasket prep, my engine started weeping a bit in short order. Because my truck is a 4x4, I am not sure if I can pull the pan, with the engine in the truck..?? I will put up with the weeping if engine pulling is required, until the next time I have to pull it .. hopefully some years from now..

Thanks for the good tip though...

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Fishnut: You don't need to pull the engine. Just get two 1" thick pieces of wood, undo the motor mount nuts, jack up the engine and shove those blocks between the frame and mount, then let your jack down. That gives me enough to pull my pan, but it's messy work.

I like to use 3m weatherstrip adhesive and adhere the gasket to the pan, and let it dry well. Then I put it on. That's the trick! The one piece is much better.

Also, during the efi years the Lords at Ford put a one piece rail on either side of the pan. If you find a set of those they help.

I lived in a Mex. fishing village S. of Cancun.
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Thanks F250, and congratulations on living in a small Mexican fishing village. We do too, and absolutely love it . La Ribera, is about 6 0 miles NE from Cabo san Lucas. Just far enough to keep the crazy tourist throng at arm's length. We are on the Sea of Cortez, not the Pacific, which is warmer, and calmer most of the time.. Most years, we spend 2, four month stays, or a little more, depending upon other factors in our schedules. Being retired makes us flexible.

I will try the wood block idea. My '68 4x4 has the Dana 44 HD front axle, with the 12 bolt, closed knuckle hubs. it also has the Np 435 four speed, so I am trying to picture it in my mind, and am thinking that I may have to pull the center console cover, to get 2" or so of clearance. We are in FW Texas at the moment, but will be home in Baja soon. I will sort it out then..

Thanks again amigo, y hasta la vista

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