Bolts for Oil Pan

Mon Sep 06, 2004 7:04 am

I plan to drop the oil pan on a Cub to remove sludge from the pan and pump. Earlier posts have mentioned replacing the three bolts at the rear of the pan with ones which have slots for a flat blade screwdriver. I have checked with NAPA and O'Reilly auto parts stores and with hardware stores but have not found slot head bolts for this application. Can someone provide a source to obtain them? Thanks, Dan

Mon Sep 06, 2004 7:56 am

Dan,
If you can't locate any bolts with slots, I would try using a Dremel tool, or "hack" saw, and make my own with the originals. A more personal touch approach.

Mon Sep 06, 2004 8:26 am

EZ: I have considered using a hacksaw to make a slot for the blade. The bolts in the pan have a large dimple in the center leaving only a rim around the outside to contact the blade. If I can't find ones prepared for a screwdriver I will purchase new bolts with a flat head and do as you suggest. Thanks, Dan

Mon Sep 06, 2004 8:57 am

I have found that either a universal joint or one of the wobble extensions to work good removing and tightening the rear bolts.

Mon Sep 06, 2004 9:11 am

Why is it a good idea to replace those bolts with slotted screws??

Mon Sep 06, 2004 9:56 am

My '49 had slotted rear pan bolts. Looks like they were done with a hack saw. The wobble joint was slow going for me. The slots enable you to run them up snug with a screw driver, then put the socket on them and tighten. It's for those of us with little patience.

Mon Sep 06, 2004 9:59 am

All of the bolts on the oil pan are easy to access except the three along the rear margin of the pan. These three are recessed into the front of the torque tube and are difficult to install or remove. As John suggested, a wobble joint makes the job easier. I still have difficulty in working with them as the wobble unit often wobbles in the wrong direction or at the wrong time. Forum members have reported that using a screw driver makes the job easier so I am going to give that a try. Dan

Mon Sep 06, 2004 12:43 pm

Put a little TAPE of your choice around the universal joint to stiffing it up

Slotting...

Mon Sep 06, 2004 2:31 pm

I just ran mine in all the way with my fingers, then tightened them with a universal. I need to recheck the torque on the left side, as the new gasket is seeping a bit of oil - I think. It might actually be coming from a slow drip which I think is coming from the breather tube on the air cleaner, can't really tell because that's WAY up under the hood. So I gotta pressure wash Jay again and then run him for a while and look for a fresh drip.

Had a party yesterday for about 75 people, and I could have saved a ton of money on the band and the bouncy-bounce, because as soon as I brought Jay out from around the barn, the kids were lined up 20 deep to get tractor rides! :shock: I had to recruit a friend to take over driving so I could sit in and play with the band for a while... Jay got a real light-duty workout :D