[Chrysler300] HELP! Can't drop oil pan on '57 300C!
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[Chrysler300] HELP! Can't drop oil pan on '57 300C!

I sure hope someone can help with my most recent problem!  We need to 
replace a leaking front seal on the oil pan, but can't seem to wiggle 
the oil pan out from under the engine, in spite of removing all the 
suspension bits in the way!   Not enough downward clearance to the 
crossmember at the front, and can't move pan back much before it hits 
the transmission.

The oil pan was installed with new gaskets while the engine was in the 
car (just like now), but the transmission was out for rebuild, so no 
clearance problems - although the crankshaft had to be turned back and 
forth several ways in order for a big counterweight at the front to move 
out of the way -- lots of fiddling, even back then.  But now with tranny 
in place, it looks like there's no way.  The shop is thinking they might 
have to try to lift the engine up by nearly an inch to create the 
necessary clearance.  That sounds totally bizarre, and an enormous 
amount of work!

This just doesn't sound right!  What could we be doing wrong? Any magic 
hints from anyone out there with personal experience?

Ray Melton

Las Cruces, New Mexico

1957 Chrysler 300C  Cvt

Posted by: Ray Melton <rfmelton@xxxxxxx>

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