Windage Tray Installation into a 5.0 1986 Mustang GT: notes
INGREDIENTS 1-windage tray (author used the unit) 1-5.0 liter Mustang engine 6 quarts of oil 1 filter 1 oil pan gasket rod and main bearings optional
TOOLS engine hoist assorted wrenches and sockets drip pans, funnels, etc engine stand (optional) car stands large hammer electrical tape
PROCEDURE 1. Remove engine from car 2. Remove pan from engine 3. Remove oil pickup tube from oil pump 4. OPTIONAL: swap in new bearings on main and/or rods 5. Remove tray from box 6. Remove rectangular piece of metal from tray with cutting wheel or other tool at location directed by instructions included with the tray. 7. Remove bolts holding the main bearing caps on two of the mains. Reinstall new bolts provided with tray. Torque to spec. 8. Bolt windage tray to new double ended main bearing cap bolts installed above. 9. Test fit oil pickup tube. alter Windage tray cutout hole (see 6 above) necessary to allow pickup to fit properly. 10 Test fit oil pan. 11 Beat oil pan with large hammer to get clearance for tray 12 Test fit dipstick. trim as necessary. bend as necessary. swear never to take it out again. 13 Bolt everything back up and reinstall
COMMENTS: You gotta take the engine out. Do bearings if you need them or other items as appropriate while it is out. I replaced rod bearings as they showed evidence of "excessive loading at high rpm's", as the book called it. it couldn't have been all those hours at the tracks above 4000 could it? eh? nawwwww... the tray itself was the easy part. It bolts up after you cut a hole in the side for the mounting flange that supports the oil pickup tube. test that and then you can bolt up the bottom end. the kit has bolts and the drawing showing the location of the hole. cutting wheel did it fine. Its the other stuff. the pan was a touch too shallow at the point where it crosses over the k-member and hit the windage tray. I just beat the oil pan to give it a little curvature for clearance. the "oil level sending unit" that fits in the pan to tell you when it was low has got to go. Again, a large hammer. The dipstick hits the tray. I cut off part of the end. It still reads the same, its just shorter. and still hard to get in.