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Do no new parts fit right these days
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The following is just a rant but may help someone in the future. I replaced an oil pan gasket on a SBF today, in the car. That is a bit of a pain but was made worse by poor gasket fitment (Fel-Pro 1809). The rubber end seals would not go into grooves and stay in place. I had to sand away a bit the edge left by the  mold parting line on the sides of the rubber end seals. They then went in as they are supposed to. To add insult, the passenger side rail gasket dog leg offset was not stamped correctly causing the gasket to be inboard 3/16 of an inch. They will still seal but, it should not be this way. Replacement parts have really gone down hill in the last 15 years, and getting worse.
   I've come to expect most reproduction parts to be ill fitting or be outright junk (voltage regulators, rim blow switches, any trim piece, sheet metal, etc.).  It is now to the point where you have to expect the simplest of parts to require modification to fit properly. Maybe I need a more tranquil hobby. The good news is it is almost 5 PM here and the beer is cold. Chuck
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Totally. rant +1
When I've placed my 429 oil pan, I needed to cut them to fit (also FelPro kit) . The 2 rubbers (at crank) to cork especially. The rubber has some squarish fork shape while the side cork is almost round. Reminded me this game where young children learn shapes, trying to force a circle thru a square hole.
When done, I also needed to cut the excess for the chain cover, I would not be picky for 1 or 2 mm, but it was more like 8 to 9mm, making impossible to paint on that.

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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#3
Yep,

Think we have all had that experience and it seems like it shouldn't be so hard to make them right, especially simple parts.

Glad you have the ice cold beer and it's the weekend.

Was nice here and took the 72 Q code out for a drive. Having recently completed this and finally able to enjoy. Sounds like I have an exhaust leak though...always something!


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Jeff
1972 Q Code Convertible
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#4
Not that it is likely to change anything but, I'm going to contact Fel-Pro on Monday. The Gold Glow Vert is beautiful. As for the exhaust leak, restorations are never finished but, at some point you have to just stop and enjoy the car. Chuck
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#5
runninpony 
I've used a neoprene 1-piece gasket and it fits perfectly. It comes with 4 "anchors" to hold it in place while you're guiding the oil pan through the 4 anchors/holes. Can't remember if Felpro or Mr Gasket but price was $35 or so.

71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!
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One thing for sure, test fit all aftermarket trim and moulding before paint on any car. Some resto/ custom shops are getting away from turn key builds because of having to deal with crap parts.
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#7
I've noticed that quite a bit, since a very good portion of my car is repop/aftermarket parts.

The biggest irritation to me being the new turn-signal switch (w/tilt) assembly I picked up from CJPP years ago.  Immediately out of the box I could tell it was going to be a cheap POS.  Ever since I installed it, it has a problem with flashing the left turn signals unless I wiggle it around to find the 'sweet spot' for 'Off.'  Just the left side, and it doesn't matter what I did leading up to it: turn left, turn right, doesn't matter... even just starting the car sometimes - but, it doesn't always happen... just when it does pisses me off.  This isn't supposed to happen for another 5 or 6 years of daily use from an originally factory-installed switch.

If it wasn't such a PITA to swap (especially, having a touch of color-blindness), I'd just get another and go from there.  But considering the sources for replacement switches, I'll bet I'd just wind up with another one with the same afflictions.

Grrrr!!

Eric

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#8
I agree part fitment, it's more and more of a crap shoot, not only fitment but functionality.

Seems like aftermarket turn signal switches have always been a problem. I don't know how many I have replaced over the years, whether the complete switch or just the repair kit, more have not worked correctly than those that have. I've had better luck with wrecking yard switches.



“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
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(01-19-2019, 07:54 PM)NOT A T5 Wrote: I've used a neoprene 1-piece gasket and it fits perfectly. It comes with 4 "anchors" to hold it in place while you're guiding the oil pan through the 4 anchors/holes. Can't remember if Felpro or Mr Gasket but price was $35 or so.

Thanks for your post, but without you determining which one worked requires anyone trying to use your info buy BOTH. Please find out which one it was you liked - if possible.  

And I thought we had a thread where we posted parts we liked and have used.  If not, we sure need one so we can share and put our 'seal of approval' on them!  And vice-versa when they suck.

Respectfully -

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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runninpony 
(01-20-2019, 05:29 PM)Boss1Ray Wrote:
(01-19-2019, 07:54 PM)NOT A T5 Wrote: I've used a neoprene 1-piece gasket and it fits perfectly. It comes with 4 "anchors" to hold it in place while you're guiding the oil pan through the 4 anchors/holes. Can't remember if Felpro or Mr Gasket but price was $35 or so.

Thanks for your post, but without you determining which one worked requires anyone trying to use your info buy BOTH. Please find out which one it was you liked - if possible.  

And I thought we had a thread where we posted parts we liked and have used.  If not, we sure need one so we can share and put our 'seal of approval' on them!  And vice-versa when they suck.

Respectfully -

Ray

Ray, I only bought one neoprene gasket but I do not recall what brand it was...Fel-pro or Mr Gasket, one of the 2. That's what I was trying to say, sorry for the confusion! Terry

71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!
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