oil pump drive shaft - ClassicOldsmobile.com

oil pump drive shaft

Old January 13th, 2019, 07:17 PM
  #1  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
deadeyejedi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: saratoga springs,n.y
Posts: 964
oil pump drive shaft

i hate to even admit this but ,as ive been getting back to my 455 build I realized i never installed the oil pump drive shaft I found it going through a box of parts .The oil pump and pan is installed now and i was hoping not to tear it apart to install it .How critical is it to remove the retainer washer on the shaft and drop it in from the top? If its any issue at all i will bite the bullet and redo it. This what i get for stopping and going so many times on this motor my memory has alot to be desired.as always thanks
deadeyejedi is online now  
Old January 13th, 2019, 07:39 PM
  #2  
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 201
The only time it will become a problem is if you pull the distributor and the shaft comes along with it and falls down in the wrong place. I am not sure this can even happen in an Olds but I know it can in most Ford engines. If you aren't worried about that part then it wont hurt anything.

But ..... for the price of an oil pan gasket and an hour of your time, I would probably go ahead and fix it right
BillK is online now  
Old January 13th, 2019, 07:49 PM
  #3  
same but different
 
don71's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Central Missouri
Posts: 2,351
My retainer washer has been gone a long time. It hasn't been a problem when pulling the distributor.
don71 is offline  
Old January 14th, 2019, 06:42 AM
  #4  
Registered User
 
Lonnies Performance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 32
Had that happen to me on a Mustang one time... pulled the distributor up & heard a clank as the shaft fell into the oil pan.
Took a few hours to get it back.

Maybe put a small amount of Permatex on the part that goes into the pump so it does not easily pull out in the future.
Lonnies Performance is offline  
Old January 14th, 2019, 07:39 AM
  #5  
Old(s) Fart
 
joe_padavano's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 30,921
The driveshaft nearly always gets stuck in the distributor at some point, which means that you have to forcibly pull the distributor out, sliding the retainer down the shaft until the retainer drops into the oil pan. The only reason why that retainer is even on the shaft is so that on the engine assembly line, they could drop the shaft into the block while it was rolled over, before the distributor was installed. Otherwise, it would just fall out. Most of my motors don't have the retainer.
joe_padavano is offline  
Old January 15th, 2019, 05:49 PM
  #6  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
deadeyejedi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: saratoga springs,n.y
Posts: 964
thank you guys for the replies
deadeyejedi is online now  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
70convert
Drivetrain/Differentials
10
June 20th, 2016 05:31 PM
JRubino
General Questions
8
March 8th, 2014 06:33 AM
EightyEightCut
Big Blocks
10
January 19th, 2014 09:35 PM
grand73am
Small Blocks
2
July 4th, 2013 07:32 AM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: oil pump drive shaft


Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

© 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.