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Apr
17

Oil pan gasket

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Alright, what's the trick to changing the oil pan gasket? Just loosened up the headers that I just installed to reach as many bolts as I could..but I cant reach the front 4 bolts.

I'm hoping to do so without pulling the engine, or dropping the K frame.

Is it doable?
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Apr
09

Header install

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Since I cant seem to pinpoint a solid thread on this, why not start one so others can reference it?

I picked up a set of headers a few years ago from another FMJ guy, who got those from another M owner, etc. Had to do slight repair, but overall they were in decent shape considering I'm assuming they're summit house headers that were not coated. Got em fixed, and painted (had they been new I would've gone for coating) and am currently halfway through the install.

So far, I have had to...

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Feb
19

Aftermarket floor shift options

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Are there any good options for an aftermarket floor shift? I'd love buckets and console, but I really dont see that in my future.

Also, what all is needed for adding floor shift to a column shift car?

Thanks in advance
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Jan
04

Dropping the tank

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Alright, so next on my list is dropping the fuel tank. I need to do so to install a new sender for my aftermarket fuel gauge. I've got new straps, and a new snap ring, as well as new line (although it's just the one size-I now know there are multiple sizes)

First question, what's the best way to come at this? I'm not sure how full the tank is, but dad swears it's close to full (he drove it last)

Second, is it worth going ahead and moving the tank over to allow for possibly dual exhaust....

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Dec
04

School me on a transmission

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Looking for some help,

I've got a cop 904 variant, which to the best of my knowledge is an A999. How do I differentiate that for sure without busting it open and counting clutches.

Second, I'll be pulling said transmission soon..is it really as simple as everyone says (remove linkage/lines, support engine, remove crossmember, driveshaft, bellhousing bolts and flywheel bolts)

Lastly, while it's only coming out to address a leak at the back of the engine, would it be better if I just went...

School me on a transmission
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Nov
07

Oil galley plugs

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Looking for oil galley plug information, and this is the best I've found so far. For reference this is for an LA 318 with Magnum heads. Rebuilt approximately 6 years ago, maybe has 2500 miles on it.

Issue 1. Under heavy acceleration, I notice smoke coming from the passenger side. I cannot accurately tell of its coming from the exhaust or externally somewhere on the engine. When I turn the car off however, I typically can see oil on the backside of the passenger head near the bellhousing....

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Nov
02

360 Magnum Build Ideas

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Alright, I think Im going to bite the bullet and yank the 318. Its running stronger now than ever, but I've got a leaky oil galley plug and REALLY dont want to pull it just to reinstall and yank 2 years later.

Im thinking of a stock bottom end rebuild, thin head gaskets, using the heads from my 318 (also magnum heads, but already freshened up) and doing what I need to do in order to accept a higher lift cam, a bigger roller cam, keeping the M1 Magnum dual plane intake, and headers. Im up...

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