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Is there suppose to be a sealer put on the threads of my old pickup to this new melling pump i have ? And what is the best way to determine how many turns or how tight the pickup should be to the pump. Can I crank this tube around with vise grips, what is the best way. thx
 
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My shop manual says nothing about sealer on the threads, but I always coat them ever-so-slightly w/ sealer. It does say that on all motors, the oil inlet tube should be mounted to the oil pump at 12-15 ft.-lbs. of torque. I don't remember how I was able to do that w/out using vice grips on the oil inlet tube, but I wouldn't advice it - you can bend and pierce it quite easily.

Doug

'66 signal flare red coupe with styled steel wheels
289 4bbl. w/ power steering, brakes, and A/C
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The pick-up tube usually goes on with just the paper gasket, no sealer on it or the threads. By the way... WHY are you asking about "Can I crank this tube around with vise grips..."?

Tom Kubler, Long-time Mustang Enthusiast & San Antonio Mustang Club Founder
 

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Hey Bob,
What engine are you workin' on?

If you're doing a pipe thread pickup, I'd just use a thin coat of hardenable pipe dope (or Loctite hydraulic sealant) on the threads and screw it on until it's good and tight (skip the first couple of threads to keep the goop from getting in the pump)...clamp the pump in a vise to hold it if you can't mount it on the engine to hold still while you're turning....you should have enough leverage on the pickup tube to screw it in tight without using vise-grips...get it close and then finalize position after the pump is on the engine...

I've done a few flatheads that way and IIRC, some Chevy's...*G*


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Good point. One VERY thin paper gasket and four bolts through the pickup tube and into the oil pump body - nothing should be spun with vice grips.

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289 4bbl. w/ power steering, brakes, and A/C
White interior with a bench seat, deluxe seatbelt option, and an extra seatbelt in the back for my three kids . . .
 

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thx to all,
I checked out an old book i dug up. It states not to use sealer on the threads of the pickup tube and to use a large cresent wrench against the tube to snug it up in the pump. I think I'll follow Pat's idea about sealer. It also states to level the pickup with the oil pan rails.
btw it is a 351C with the screw in pickup
 
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