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Old 05-15-2011, 09:00 AM   #1
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Post 1973 DeVille/Fleetwood Oil Pan Removal

Has anyone had any luck removing the oil pan on a '73 De Ville or Fleetwood without removing the engine from the vehicle?

With the center link/tie rod assy and sway bar out of the picture is there enough clearance for the pan to clear the crankshaft?

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Old 05-15-2011, 12:30 PM   #2
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The pan will come out. May need to loosen mounts. Also turning the crankshaft to certain positions may make it easier
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:53 AM   #3
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First Guess: It's a bad job if you have a hoist. If you don't have a hoist, spending that much time working like a prostitute (flat on your back) will have you in such a bad mood that you'd have been much better off to yank the engine, flip it over on an engine stand, and do the job right.
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Old 05-17-2011, 03:49 PM   #4
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I just removed and reinstalled mine on a 69 deville with no problem. Only had to remove the steering linkage. Didnt have to remove any engine mounts to do it.
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Old 05-28-2011, 04:10 AM   #5
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I pulled the pan on my '73 DeVille a couple of years ago. I thought it would be a BIG chore. Other than having to take off the starter it was very easy. No problem at all. It almost fell right off once I took out all the bolts. Putting it back on was simple as well.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:17 PM   #6
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I just removed mine on my 68 deville. It seemed that I had to remove the center link. It needed to be replaced anyway. But pricey for sure. Dont take it off unless you can do it gently or plan on spending 130-160 on a new one.
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Old 06-15-2011, 03:48 PM   #7
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I just removed mine on my 68 deville. It seemed that I had to remove the center link. It needed to be replaced anyway. But pricey for sure. Dont take it off unless you can do it gently or plan on spending 130-160 on a new one.
I know what you mean. I just replaced my center link for the second time two years ago when I rebuilt the front end for the second time since I've owned the car. I gave around $200 for mine though with shipping.
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