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Old 04-15-2007, 03:06 PM
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oil pump screen installation

i bought a melling high volume pump along with a steel sleeve and pin driveshaft along with the new screen.
i can`t seem to find how to get the pump screen into the pump housing. Anysuggestions? i had a lil tip i thought was bogus. boil it in oil.??
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Old 04-15-2007, 09:26 PM
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Without buying the install tool. Line up the pickup with the inlet hole. Take a snug fitting open end wrench and run the flat sides up to the raised stop on the tube. Then carefully tap the tube into the pump housing using a small hammer on the flats of the wrench. When seated all the way in and at the proper angle, spot weld the pickup to the pump housing.
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Old 04-16-2007, 12:54 PM
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i heard that you can put the pickup in the freezer overnight and it'll fit easier
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I've done the freezer action, it works but you need to be fairly quick, it warms up retty quickly. Same technique I've seen used for hardened valve seats.
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IT worked! @_@ Thnx,

Now i`m making some progress with this build. Apreciate it.
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Get a pickup that has some way of holding itself on to the oil pump, chevy pickup sometime work they way back out of the pump
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I can personally vouch for the method that BOBCRMAN described.

I just recently did the same install on my SBC 405. Worked slicker than owl doo!

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After you install the pickup, install one of these .

A buddy of mine holds the patent on it.

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That's a neat widget 302/Z28!

The MELLING HV that I recently installed had a "factory" version of essentially the same thing already attached to the pickup tube. After installing the tube in the pump body, you use two of the pump base plate bolts to attach it and hold the whole thing in place. NEAT!

However, being an "Old Dog", I still tacked a little spot at the tube/pump juncture like BOB said above. Why? Because old habits die hard and also because I paid good money for this welder and I intend to use it every chance I get!

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