[Healeys] Sump removal

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Thu Dec 6 13:46:47 MST 2018

I had to do this recently.  If it's stuck on with an adhesive 
sealant--Right Stuff, etc.--you are screwed.  I ended up sawing through 
the hardened sealant with a large, serrated knife (the kind you carve a 
turkey with).  I hurt my elbow, perhaps permanently, but had no choice 
as the pan was cracked and part of the blade broke off in the pan.  I 
used a gasket and a sealant when I reinstalled the pan; theoretically if 
I need to remove it again I can saw through the gasket.  I might buy an 
electric carving knife just to do this, but I'm not sure you could get 
the blade started.

3M Adhesive Remover softened the lingering sealant (you know it's 
good--the 3M stuff--because it's banned in California).  Then, it's lots 
of scraping.


ps.  When I was looking for a 'magic answer' I found videos and photos 
of people lifting small block Chevy engines by the carburettor 
studs--with the bolts removed--on the manifold, which had been affixed 
with Right Stuff sealant.

On 12/6/2018 8:39 AM, simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com wrote:
> I’m trying to get the sump (oil pan?) off my MkII 3000.
> I’ve given up for now but will check again that I’ve taken off all the 
> bolts.
> It absolutely won’t shift and I’m finding it very hard to get an 
> implement in with which to prise it open.
> I guess that it’s sealed with and cemented to the block with some 
> gloop that just won’t shift.
> Is there a clever way to do this?
> What’s the magic answer?
> Thanks,
> Simon
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