I am ready put my motor back into my T and I was told not use the engine oil pan wood and secure bolts to secure the oil pan to the frame. I was told to use a longer bolt to secure the oil pan ears to the frame with a radiator mounting spring only, with the nut and spring on the bottom so the motor can flex and move around if necessary. Seems to me the frame is so flimsy without the oil pan ears securing the motor that it would cause even more problems than securing everything properly like Henry intended. Any ideas? Frank
I was told by an engine expert to use the wood behind the ears, if not, you're courting cracked ears. And don't tighten the castle nuts super tight, let the frame flex around the bolts.
Personally, I would use the wood blocks. The motor can have solid bolting to the frame and front crossmember and the whole works can flex. A nut and spring setup just sounds like to much flexing. My '26/'27 has straps from the hogshead to the frame in addition to the wood block arrangement. I agree with you and think it would cause more problems. Best of luck.
I tried putting wood behind my ears but then my hat doesn't fit!
I used wood as Ford did.
Pan blocks, yes.
My car had no wood blocks between the mounts and frame when I got it. The new engine had not been started and ran. Still hasn't. It also was missing the wood block at the steering column mount on the frame. I have ordered them all. Since I don't know, until they arrive, what they look like, I would like to see pictures of how they fit.
One of my cars was lacking the block behind the steering mount on the frame, kept making a funny noise going down the road. Put a block in, and voila!, noise gone. They are there for a reason. Dennis, I love your humor! Wish I had that kind of wit.
Use the frame blocks.
Ford Service, Chapter 11, Para. 100. Photo of install and instructions there.
Without the support of the wood block, frame twists, engine rocks, and pan ear factures over time.
Non-Ford writings of how the powerplant is mounted in the frame, and the 3-point fastenings.
Mine had the wood blocks but also some hard material plates under the ears on the top of the frame. I replaced these with road kill rubber. That is what you find on the road when the armadillos win the confrontation.
Many vehicles throw a tread on the highway. Mostly recaps. This is useful for many things and a piece of recap tire was cut to fit and the through bolts hold them in place. It should provide some damping effect though I doubt anyone would notice the difference in a T