Tried to drop the oil pan today and it's pretty much impossible to do with the engine bolted onto the trans.
The pan came down far enough where I could have removed the oil pump and I believe then
the pan could be removed, but man, working upside down in a mirror and then having to assemble it back that way, forget it !
I could see a shiny mark on the crank where the piston skirt came in contact with it, so I have to fix it for sure.
Looks like it's easier to support the trans and lift the engine out, then vise versa.
May even take the whole bottom end apart and do it up, even if it doesn't need it.
There is lots of scale in the block from it sitting for 8 years and the only way to get rid of that is to remove the block and have it cleaned out.
I can't even get the drain plugs out, they're rusted in there.
I was hoping to get this done in week, but that's gone out the window.
I'll put my old B2200 back on the road so I can take my time.
"In for a penny, in for a pound" really applies here.
But I'll have a nice fresh engine when it's all done.