Okay, so while the motor is out of the car, I touched up the block, and began the turbo conversion.
Okay, now with the block looking fancy again.
I swapped my turbo oil pickup and installed my turbo oil pan, with the MSA gasket.
Since apparently NO TWO people do this the same way, and it's some sort of Dark Magic that makes these things NOT leak oil; I took the entire day to install this thing.
Turbo 280zx Oil Pan with stock metal trim pieces
Turbo 280zx Oil pickup tube with gasket
MSA 'Competition' Oil pan gasket
UltraBlack Permatex RTV sealant
This is what I did. For the record. (mainly in case this leaks, so I know what NOT to do again.)
1. Removed the stock oil pan
2. Removed the old gasket and CLEANED the area. Took extra special care to clean the surface with solvent, multiple times.
3. Removed the stock oil pickup, once again cleaning the area underneath.
4. Now I spent the better part of two hours carefully inspecting and massaging anything I deemed a "dimple" in the turbo oil pan. Test fit the pan numerous times to insure uniform contact throughout. I believe it's straight, I HOPE its straight.
5. Installed new gasket and Turbo pickup tube (torqued to roughly 7-8 ft-lbs)
6. Cleaned and prepared both the surface of the block, and the pan once more.
7. Sparingly used the RTV to adhere the gasket to the oil pan. (roughly 1/8'' bead) No sealant is used between the block surface and the gasket surface.
8. Cleaned again.
9. Carefully set the pan on the block and began the put the bolts in place. Starting from opposite corners, and working my way evenly around the base of the motor. Used the 2 OEM trim pieces.
-Only finger tight for the first 12-24 hours. Will torque to 5-7 lbs once the RTV has been allowed to set.
That's where I am now. Giving the RTV sufficient time to cure, before torquing.
Let me know if you guys think I did something way wrong, as I'd love to avoid a mistake with the motor still out of the car.
Who knows, maybe the oil will stay on the INSIDE this time. Fingers crossed!
Next step: Installation and timing of the turbo oil pump and the distributor drive shaft.
Edited by OldAndyAndTheSea, 14 January 2013 - 10:39 AM.