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289 rear seal replacement

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  • 289 rear seal replacement

    Anybody ever changed the rear oil seal on a 62 289 in a GT Hawk with the engine and the 4 speed still in the car? Can I get the oil pan off easily? Will I have to raise the engine to get the pan off? Do I need any special tools to remove the old seal and replace the new one?

    I have seen a split seal to do the job and am up to the work...just looking for any helpful hints.

  • #2
    Are you sure it is the seal leaking? I thought so on my 64 cruiser ended up just replacing the pan gaskets they usually fail first. I did it in the car and raised the engine up enough to get the pan off with a floor jack and wood blocks on the pan and since I had it outta the way I replaced the bushing on the bellcrank.
    Enjoy

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    • #3
      I've done this several times by the shop info......challenging...follow the book...

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      • #4
        Agree with LOVR, replace the pan gasket first. I did that, and dried the engine right up. Still burning the coke off of the exhaust pipes after a year, but the engine is dry. Also, check your center valley gasket, distributor gasket, as all of these tend to leak down the back of the engine, and look like a seal. If you can pull the dust cover off of the transmission, and it is dry behind the dust cover, it is not the seal.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chucks Stude View Post
          Agree with LOVR, replace the pan gasket first. I did that, and dried the engine right up. Still burning the coke off of the exhaust pipes after a year, but the engine is dry. Also, check your center valley gasket, distributor gasket, as all of these tend to leak down the back of the engine, and look like a seal. If you can pull the dust cover off of the transmission, and it is dry behind the dust cover, it is not the seal.
          Is it a gasket or "O" ring on the distributor?



          All great ideas. Things that I had forgotten to even look at. Thanks to all of you guys.
          Last edited by jcluvsu; 11-18-2010, 09:02 PM.

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          • #6
            There is a gasket on the distributor base. Also check the rubber hose for the oil pressure gage. Jim

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            • #7
              Downdraft tube as well....... Mine was loose and leaking - couple of turns on the bolt that goes into the valley cover worked wonders.
              Morris Van Horne
              1954 Commander

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