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I have my pan dropped and starter out of the way. I have my rear cap off and the rest loose. My seal is a rope seal (ugh). I am having a heck of a time getting it all out. There is about an 1 1/2" left on the passenger side end and about an 1" in. I have tried the put a screw in one end and got a lot of it out that way. I am trying to push from the other side but I believe there might be a pin on the upper side as when I measure my push rod it seems to be right in the middle so I can only assume there is a pin.

So how can I get the rest out without pulling the engine and will a pin get in the way of a new Fel-Pro seal being installed? This is my last step before getting her back on the road.
 

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I thought the pin was only in the cap, not in the block? I could be wrong.
 

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The only pin I have ever seen on these was in the cap. Most likely it's just held by the crankshaft.
 

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Well I can't figure out why my push rod keeps getting stuck half way around the top. I should be close to having it all out. I may have about 1/2 to 3/4" left. Do you think I can take the Fel-Pro and push it around and see what happens?
 

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No, It will not. The rope is just old and dried out, stuck to the block, you just have to work it out, keep at it. use alot of w/d spray.
 

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Any particular device that works well for pushing it out? Everything that I get my hands on that is small enough bends to easy.
 

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Wound up not needing the extractor. I just finished up getting all of the rope out using a 2" coarse screw getting a little bit out at a time.
 

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A little help...do you have a feeler gauge? Or a very thin piece of tin or metal. As you push the new seal back in, it will want to catch on the sharp edge of the block. A bent feeler gauge, into a V, will help the seal slip in without damaging it. Use it as a shovel to slip the seal in. It just so happens a feeler gauge is the perfect width of the seal groove. Little bit of oil or wd40 helps.
 

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I didn't have any issues getting the seal in. I put a little oil on the groove side and slide it right in.
 

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Here's a question, Should I replace my oil pump pick up tube and screen While I have the pan off?
 

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Here's a question, Should I replace my oil pump pick up tube and screen While I have the pan off?
Why do you ask about about the tube and screen? Any visible damage? Clean and be done with it. If your were to replace anything, i might be the pump, But only then, if the clearances between the rotor vanes and cover show signs of wear. Is this a high mileage engine? Hopefully, you offset the parting lines of the seal?
 

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Why do you ask about about the tube and screen? Any visible damage? Clean and be done with it. If your were to replace anything, i might be the pump, But only then, if the clearances between the rotor vanes and cover show signs of wear. Is this a high mileage engine? Hopefully, you offset the parting lines of the seal?
I see some crap on the screen. No visible damage that I can see. There is approximately 131,000 miles on the car. I have no idea when the engine was rebuilt as I believe it has been at some point. Timing chain as a 1980 date on it. But I have no idea. But no signs of damage or undue wear.
 

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I see some crap on the screen. No visible damage that I can see. There is approximately 131,000 miles on the car. I have no idea when the engine was rebuilt as I believe it has been at some point. Timing chain as a 1980 date on it. But I have no idea. But no signs of damage or undue wear.
Ok, just clean it with a good solvent to insure it's clear to pass oil. Any idea of the oil pressure?
 

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Ok, just clean it with a good solvent to insure it's clear to pass oil. Any idea of the oil pressure?
To be honest I don't remember but I know it was a good pressure but my tank was dented in and the main reason for me changing it and doing other "stuff" while I'm in there such as the rear seal.

I had to remove the pump so I could loosen the last 2 caps to get the seal out. When I went to put the pump back in, it then dawned on me that I didn't see any type of gasket. So I'll be putting a new gasket on the oil pump.
 
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