I am trying to give my 70 DV Convo a better life and have made some good progress. (in another thread if interested)
BUT i have googled and googled and googled again about the whole do you HAVE to remove the oil pan according to the factory manual to replace the timing chain.
I've read so many conflicting stories\article my head is spinning.
Here's my story and concerns and hopefully there will be one place to see the many opinions and hopefully the answer I'm looking for.
I bought the new timing set last year and had it down to the harmonic balancer but was not prepared to tackle that so I let her be. I had a 73 CDV when I was younger and a backyard mechanic replaced the chain in my front yard. I do not recall the oil pan needing to come out but I could be wrong.
Fast forward to today. I have almost everything out of the way including the radiator so I can get the impact wrench in there to pull the balancer. Everything is fine....I'm following my FSM step by step and then I get to the step where it says remove oil pan as described in sec x.
I'm thinking "no problem" remove a few screws drop that pan out of the way......nothing but room on this car.
1. it wants me to disconnect the Y pipe. It has probably never been removed or at best 25 yrs ago. Sounds like $350 for a new exhaust to me. Maybe I'm wrong I've never removed a y pipe before but in my experience getting old exhaust pipes off and back on never seemed possible.
2. Remove starter. Ok no biggie.
3. Remove drag link and pitman arm and such. Ok not fun but can be done.
4. Front tranny cover. again no biggie
Here is where I'd like to get some info.
Can I leave the pan on and easily remove the front cover and reinstall? If the reason is a proper seal at bottom of front cover I'm confident in my making excessively large silicone goop gaskets. Or is it that the front cover will be difficult or impossible to reinstall corectly with the oil pan on.
Can I skip the Y pipe and remove the rest and wiggle her out?
Has anyone done it without removing the pan or the y pipe?
I was spinning the balancer and watching the distributor. There was almost no play. I'm just not sure if it has ever been replaced. I'd hate to be so close to the damn thing twice and not replace it then the inevitable happens.
Can't wait to hear your thoughts or experiences.