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Author Topic:   oil pan gasket hitting crank counter weight
posted January 26, 2004 09:29 PM
I'm putting together 1978 358 sbc, and this year I'm trying a ROL Felpro oil pan gasket.
It's a one piece gasket. It has a rubber like
coating on both sides with a piece of flat metal embedded between.

When I tighten the oil pan down and turn the crank, the crank lightly grazes the metal
within the gasket. It hits the counter weight closest to the number 5 main journal next to where the oil filter lives.

When the motor is brought up, will it smooth
out the flat metal within the gasket or will it tear up the crank? There is really no
way to trim down the gasket as it has the flat piece of metal embedded. Should I just go back to the cork and 2 rubber strip type gasket?

posted January 26, 2004 10:23 PM
I'd use a cork or rubber gasket and trim it to fit so that it clears..

posted January 27, 2004 03:55 PM
We have always used cork gaskets, but be sure to trim it alitte also, somewill hit the rear counter wieght in about the same place. We kept finding little pieces of cork & rubber in the oil fiter upon inspection.

Josh K.

posted January 27, 2004 06:07 PM
ok, i did the die grinder thing and that
did it. thanks guys, sounds and feels much nicer not that it's not hitting the crank.

posted January 28, 2004 03:57 AM
Inexpensive crank wiper!

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