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Postby Teal23t » Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:48 pm

Hi ..New to the board.Just bought a 71 Vega 350 motor looks to be a stock pan and steering seems to resting on bottom of pan and grease fitting will also hit if turned to far.Has a home made motor front plate to hold motor motor mounts.Seems like a age old problem. What oil pan could i use to solve the problem.
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Re: Steering Hits Oil Pan...

Postby chevyart » Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:43 pm

miledon makes a nice setup. you need their pickup for your oil pump. you could also make your own. some of the guys have the specs posted. no matter which pan you use, it will be close if you mount the motor in the right place. its sort of limited as to how far up you can raise the engine and keep it level (or close to level) welcome to the jungle of v-8 vegas. art
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Postby CaptainPainn » Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:33 pm

As far as the grease zerk goes, you can take it out and put it a bolt, or take a hammer and put a dent in the oil pan.
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Re: Steering Hits Oil Pan...

Postby Monza Harry » Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:24 am

Moog inners (ES681N) have the Zert in a more favourable position, the bottom, that is another option. Oil Pan Mod's are here under "Oil System mods" Click H-Body FAQ on the left (upper-ish)
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Re: Steering Hits Oil Pan...

Postby Teal23t » Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:52 am

Ok Thanks Guys...I guess i am here to collect as much info as i can then see which way i will go.Keep the post going.You guys have been there done that.
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Postby dadhad1 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:43 am

Hi Bob. Another few things in this... Last I looked (2 years ago) they only make these pans for a 2 piece rear main block. If you have a newer 1 piece rear main you might have trouble finding one. If someone here on the forum knows of a 1 piece rear main pan they could chime in. The mod is pretty easy though. I did the pan mod outlined on the v8monza site with a 1 piece rear main pan. You can buy a little more clearance by changing out those 2 grease fittings to set screws and just pop grease fittings in to re-shoot.

If you have clearance on the top side you could raise the motor a bit with new/modified plates. Just keep the drive line angle in check if you do.

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Re: Steering Hits Oil Pan...

Postby Smiley » Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:29 pm

Kevco makes a Vega pans for both one and two piece rear main seal motors
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Re: Steering Hits Oil Pan...

Postby paranoid56 » Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:21 pm

kinda hard to see, but i just installed my 350 with kevco pan and mine is hitting the steering parts also. :(

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Postby b_pappy » Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:05 pm

I'm using the Kevco pan and Don Hardy mounts. Had to modify the pan, as instructed by Kevco, and it was still was too close, so had to modify my Don Hardy mounts too to raise the engine a 1/4". Like someone said, welcome to the jungle of V8 Vega's.
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