LT1-LT4 Modifications - how do you drop the stock oil pan
07-22-2008, 04:57 PM
Hey guys, i need some help. I was just wondering if anybody knew how to remove a stock oil pan on a 97 LT1.
07-22-2008, 05:54 PM
Get car SECURELY up on jackstands. Disconnect battery. Remove front portion of exhaust system. Remove starter. Remove motor mount through bolts. Either use cherry picker to lift engine from top, or CAREFULLY lift engine with a floor jack, placing 2x4 on a floor jack pad and slowly lifting against crank pulley. Remove oil level sender if equipped, and then remove oil pan bolts and pan. (If pan won't clear front crankshaft throws, rotate crankshaft until throws are "up" and out of the way.)
07-22-2008, 06:15 PM
if worst comes to worst youll have to drop the subframe... i did... and it sucked i ended up just pulling the motor and now im getting it rebuilt. so i guess it works out in the end. if you decide you wanna drop the subframe let me know ill walk you through it, i even have some pics i think.
07-22-2008, 06:24 PM
i know no matter what even if your just doing the gasket you have to lift the motor... :(
07-22-2008, 06:28 PM
Do what leadfoot said. Although, you have a 6spd so instead of lifting from the crank pulley I'd lift from the Tranny and use a phone book on the jack just for protection, I had mine like that for a few months and it was just fine.
07-22-2008, 08:54 PM
i just did my pan gasket. all I did was take out all the pan bolts, this gives you about 2" on the front of the pan and about 4" on the rear. I just wiggled the 1 pc gasket from front to back it was pretty easy...
07-23-2008, 01:47 PM
the way I did it was took out the motor mounts with the engine and trans lifted up, via a jack on the front edge of the T56, then I loosened the bolts on the k member and took off the y-pipe and starter, then it took some tilting and cussing but it came out after a few hours.
its not as hard as it looks, I was really intimidated at first, but thinking back it wasnt so bad
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