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w60 Offline
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#1
For most mistakes I've made the phrase "...I can't be the first person to do this." has given me comfort. Probably not this time.

I was putting my head back on and cut the heads off a few of the old bolts to use as guide pins. I was putting it in the 2nd bolt hole back on the drivers side and I held it over the hole and let it go and it disappeared and I heard a "clank" way way down there.

I tried a magnet on a stick with no success.

I have my shop manual out (the ford one) and will start looking through it as soon as I finish this post....but has anyone done something this stupid?

If so what is the magic bullet?
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Pete D Offline
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#2
I may be missing something but if you put the bolt in a head bolt hole in the block it can only go in until the threadeds end hits the block, which ever way the bolt is turned turned. Are you sure you didn't drop it down an oil return hole, which has a bigger diameter? My guess is the bolt is in the oil pan.

I've done lots of not so brilliant things, just not this one, yet!!!. I'm kind of thinking this needs to be removed from the pan. The pan can be removed or dropped down a little without pulling the engine but the motor mounts need be undone and the front of the engine jacked up a little. See if you can find a pot where someone has actually done it.
Pete Dunham


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w60 Offline
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#3
it did go down a return hole...I wasn't clear on that, sorry.

I'll look through posts tonight or tomorrow.

thx
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ridgeback Offline
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#4
Just an FYI if you do "drop the pan" and you have never done it before, don"t be surprised when it only drops enough for a hand to reach in and fish around... and that's with the engine mount bolts removed and engine lifted.

I realized all this on my last project just recently
Ron

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Jeff K Offline
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#5
Many years ago, when I was replacing the distributor on a 66 Falcon 200 ci straight 6, the oil pump drive shaft fell out of the dist and fell into the oil pan. No luck trying to get it out, so I just left it there. Fortunately I had another hex shaft in my piles of junk to use. No problems for the next several years I drove it until rust killed it and it went to the JY.
Jeff Korn

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86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
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w60 Offline
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#6
I drained the oil and tried to stick a magnet on a stick into the pan to fish around, but the magnet was to big. For a plan B (Before I pull the pan), I'm going to remove the oil level sensor and try to fish a magnet inside.

If you see a fault with that, let me know. Hopefully will try that tomorrow afternoon.
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