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metal hex shaft in oil pan (5.0)?

Attempting to replace a truck pan and oil pump pickup with a mustang pan and pickup. While pulling old pan I found an intermediate shaft loose and in the bottom of the pan. This motor was previously rebuilt before I owned it.
with full view of the pump I see another shaft already in place. Are there two shafts for this setup? Am I missing where this additional shaft goes? Is there the possibility it was dropped on a rebuild and replaced leaving the dropped shaft in the pan and can discard it?
Completely baffled.

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Is there the possibility it was dropped on a rebuild and replaced leaving the dropped shaft in the pan and can discard it?
Completely baffled.
This is most likely what happened.
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Yeah. when you pull the dizzy out to replace the pickup coil the pump drive shaft falls into the pan as the little retainer that keeps it in place breaks somewhere along the line.I have had it happen once or twice. Its kinda unavoidable whe the little clip is broken or MIA.
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This is a common thing with SB Fords.

I do hope that you are replacing that oil pump and drive shaft with new ones. A standard volume oil pump and an MSD or Ford Performance drive shaft are very inexpensive when it comes to an engines longevity.

I like these better then the Ford: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/ARP-154-7904/ and http://www.summitracing.com/parts/MEL-M68/

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This is a common thing with SB Fords.

I do hope that you are replacing that oil pump and drive shaft with new ones. A standard volume oil pump and an MSD or Ford Performance drive shaft are very inexpensive when it comes to an engines longevity.

I like these better then the Ford: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/ARP-154-7904/ and http://www.summitracing.com/parts/MEL-M68/

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X 2 That ARP shaft is a cheap investment to eliminate a weak link in SBF's and is worth every penny,Melling used to list one too but I can't dig up the part #.Should the timing be off and you get kickback the stockers can snap or twist.
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X 2 That ARP shaft is a cheap investment to eliminate a weak link in SBF's and is worth every penny,Melling used to list one too but I can't dig up the part #.Should the timing be off and you get kickback the stockers can snap or twist.
Thanks for correcting my MSD to ARP - my head cold suffering puny mind says if it's connected to a distributor it MUST be MSD

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