How can you check and straighten an early
engine pan ? This one is 1909 . I don't think
you can use the same equipment as with later ones .
Dan, a couple thoughts. One is to bolt a 26-27 transmission cover to a 26-27 block. Grind off the outer parts of the transmission cover and turn the assembled unit upside down. You'll be able to check all the pan bolt holes except the outer two on each side. Two, I had a guy do my pan by measuring diagonals. He precisely measured the bolts holes diagonally in the transmission area to make sure the distances were the same. Kinda like measuring diagonals on a frame to check for squareness. Mine were out a lot so he used a chain and puller to get it right. It came out good. The engine area is easy using a block turned upside down.
If memory serves, Kim Dobbins told me about a guy who has two pan jigs, one he modified for the narrow early pans. You might contact Kim.
Thanks Richard .
Richard: I was there when they modified the pan jig. It is true!